Android EditText control: using old rectangle style

26 Aug

The latest android EditText looks like this (below left:

image   image

But I was asked to use old-style rectangle style (above right) to replace the current one. Here is how it is done:

  • Create a new xml file in res/drawable folder, which looks like this:


  • Next, in your activity’s layout xml file, append below 1-line code:


Note I: you don’t have to create the above xml file, and you can download this 14-line rect_tex_edit.xml file and directly put it in your project’s res/drawable/ folder.

Note II : the below code might be useful, which makes the cursor and text more legible and clear in the view:


That is it. Enjoy this trick!


Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Android, Java, Programming


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5 responses to “Android EditText control: using old rectangle style

  1. Eishia B. Konno

    November 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    thanks! 😀

  2. gedr

    August 31, 2014 at 9:28 am


  3. Praveen Kumar

    August 31, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    thanks ……..working perfect….


    April 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Nice one, Very helpful


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