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How To Create an ASP.NET TextBox Watermark Effect using jQuery

What is watermark effect ?

  • For instance we have a textbox control in our website which lets user to enter his / her name than we crate a watermark effect in out textbox, now we displays the message in textbox control like “please enter your name” with some effect and color that is called watermark effect
  • Watermark saves out extra space in webpage

The code shown below adds the “watermark” behavior to controls marked with the ‘class=water’ attribute. When the user loads the page, a watermarked textbox displays a message to the user.

JQuery Code snippet

<script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/jquery-1.8.2.js"></script> <!-- call jquery file or library into page --->

        $(document).ready(function() { // this is a function which is called by browser when it loads a webpage

            $(".water").each(function() { // each() function calls an unknown function by class name .water each time
                var $txtbox = $(this); // assign that class (.water) into TextBox
                if ($txtbox.val() != this.title) { // check if textbox value is (enter by user) not equal to title 
                    $txtbox.removeClass("water"); // remove water class from textbox

            $(".water").focus(function() { // focus() method triggered by water class
                var $txtbox = $(this);
                if ($txtbox.val() == this.title) {
                    $txtbox.val(""); // empty text box by val("") method

            $(".water").blur(function() { // blur() method called by water class
                var $txtbox = $(this);
                if ($.trim($txtbox.val()) == "") { // trim() function pass textBox value as a parameter and compare it with empty text
                    $txtbox.val(this.title); // set title text in textbox
                    $txtbox.addClass("water"); // add water class in textbox



ASP.NET Code snippet

<!--- following code displays the textboxes and label on browser --->

<asp:Label runat="server" Text="TextBox Watermark Demo"></asp:Label>
        <br/> <br/>
        <asp:TextBox ID="TT_TextBox1" runat="server" class="water" Text="Enter your First Name" Tooltip="Enter your First Name" />
        <asp:TextBox ID="TT_TextBox2" runat="server" class="water" Text="Enter your Last Name" Tooltip="Enter your Last Name" />

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