How to: Put Quotation Marks in a String (Windows Forms)

Sometimes you might want to place quotation marks (" ") in a string of text. For example:

She said, "You deserve a treat!"

As an alternative, you can also use the Quote field as a constant.

To place quotation marks in a string in your code

  1. In Visual Basic, insert two quotation marks in a row as an embedded quotation mark. In Visual C# and Visual C++, insert the escape sequence \" as an embedded quotation mark. For example, to create the preceding string, use the following code.

    Private Sub InsertQuote()  
       TextBox1.Text = "She said, ""You deserve a treat!"" "  
    End Sub  
    private void InsertQuote(){  
       textBox1.Text = "She said, \"You deserve a treat!\" ";  
       void InsertQuote()  
          textBox1->Text = "She said, \"You deserve a treat!\" ";  


  2. Insert the ASCII or Unicode character for a quotation mark. In Visual Basic, use the ASCII character (34). In Visual C#, use the Unicode character (\u0022).

    Private Sub InsertAscii()  
       TextBox1.Text = "She said, " & Chr(34) & "You deserve a treat!" & Chr(34)  
    End Sub  
    private void InsertAscii(){  
       textBox1.Text = "She said, " + '\u0022' + "You deserve a treat!" + '\u0022';  


    In this example, you cannot use \u0022 because you cannot use a universal character name that designates a character in the basic character set. Otherwise, you produce C3851. For more information, see Compiler Error C3851.


  3. You can also define a constant for the character, and use it where needed.

    Const quote As String = """"  
    TextBox1.Text = "She said, " & quote & "You deserve a treat!" & quote  
    const string quote = "\"";  
    textBox1.Text = "She said, " + quote +  "You deserve a treat!"+ quote ;  
    const String^ quote = "\"";  
    textBox1->Text = String::Concat("She said, ",  
       const_cast<String^>(quote), "You deserve a treat!",  

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