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Clearing a QTextWidget including its internal state

  • When I select some text from the browser which ends in the middle of a link into a QTextWidget and afterwards fill new text with setPlainText() into the QTextWidget, the field still thinks that it is inside a link.

    To see what I mean do the following steps:

    • open in some browser (i use Firefox) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test
    • copy the incomplete line "To make test edits on Wikipedia, please use the san"
      ==> Important here: stop the selection in the middle of the link!
    • paste that line into the QTextWidget (you can also use drag & drop)
    • click on the button "Clear"
      ==> the widget still thinks it is in the middle of a link.

    How can I reset this?

    I tried to set a new QTextDocument, but this dows not clear too.
    I tried to turn of acceptRichText before setting the new plain text and turning it on afterwards, did not help.

    Any idea?

    Attached is a minimal example (compile in gcc with -std=c++11).

    #include "QtCore/qdebug.h"
    #include "QtWidgets/qapplication.h"
    #include "QtWidgets/qwidget.h"
    #include "QtWidgets/qboxlayout.h"
    #include "QtWidgets/qtextedit.h"
    #include "QtWidgets/qtoolbutton.h"
    class Widget : public QWidget {
      Widget() {
        QHBoxLayout *l = new QHBoxLayout(this);
        edit = new QTextEdit(this);
        QToolButton *button = new QToolButton(this);
        connect(button, &QToolButton::clicked, [this] (bool checked) { edit->setPlainText("I am plain text"); });
      QTextEdit *edit;
    int main(int argc, char **argv) {
      QApplication app(argc, argv);
      Widget w;
      return 0;

  • It's not really in a link, it's just blue underlined. You need to reset the format. Add edit->setCurrentCharFormat(QTextCharFormat()); before edit->setPlainText("I am plain text");

  • @VRonin Thanks! That solved it.

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