Setting allowed size of text object on canvas in Tkinter

Eric Brunel eric.brunel at
Tue Jun 10 14:27:13 CEST 2003

Mickel Grönroos wrote:
> No, the text is still wrapping. I would like to be able to se a "height"
> option too, so that only the text that fits in the area defined by "width"
> and "height" would be visible (and the rest simply not shown at all). Do
> you know how to ackomplish that?

OK, sorry, I misunderstood you. I don't know of any means to achieve that 
simply, apart from using a canvas window with an inactive Text widget in it:

from Tkinter import *

root = Tk()
c = Canvas(root)
t = Text(c, width=75, height=24, relief=FLAT, bd=0)
t.insert(1.0, 'spam spam spam spam spam\nspam spam spam and spam')
c.create_window(100, 100, window=t, width=75, height=24, anchor=NW)
c.create_rectangle(98, 98, 177, 126)

However, you'll get the basic behaviour of the Text widget, which you may not 
need (e.g., pressing the mouse in the text and dragging selects the text and 
makes it scroll...)

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