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android – Can you set graphical layout preview-only text on a TextView?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a styled TextView whose real text is populated dynamically at runtime. The Graphical Layout view is very useful for getting a feel on how this component works with others in terms of look and feel, etc. There is no sensible default to this text field and I wish it to be blank before being populated. If I don’t specify any text in the TextView declaration then the TextView is blank. I can set the text manually using:

     android:text="Preview text"/>

and then switch to the Graphical Layout. However, I must remember to remove this or risk it being shipped in my production version.

Is there a way to specify text which is only seen in the Graphical Layout preview but not applicable at runtime?

EDIT: I’m using Eclipse ADT.

How to&Answers:

Yes you can with the design tools extension attributes in Android Studio.

See this page https://developer.android.com/studio/write/tool-attributes.html

Basically you define the tools namespace


Then use it to set your placeholder text.

        tools:text="John Doe"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" />

This actually works with most (if not all xml attributes).



would set the preview visibility to “gone” but the runtime visibility would be unchanged.


I don’t believe there is, the only possible way is when you declare your TextView, you say after, tv.setText(""); this way you will always find it blank at runtime