RichTextBox CR/LF Text issues

It seems that sometimes when you get the text from a RichTextBox object, for instance to put it on the Clipboard, that the carriage return/line feeds are not handled properly. For instance the RichTextBox object may contain 2 lines of text, but its Text attribute may actually show those 2 lines concatenated together on 1 line.

For instance in the RichTextBox you have:

This is line 1
This is line 2

And its Text attribute shows:

This is line 1This is line 2

To work around this, you can iterate through the individual lines from the RichTextBox Lines attribute, and concat each line with the StringBuilder AppendLine() method.

Here is an example:

private System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox richTextBox;
private System.Windows.Forms.Button button;
. . .
private void button_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  // Get lines one by one instead of using .Text attribute
  // of RichTextForm due to CR/LF issues.
  int sbLen = richTextBox.Text.Length
    + (richTextBox.Lines.Length << 1);
  StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(sbLen);
  foreach (String line in richTextBox.Lines) {
  // Place both text and RTF formats on the clipboard.
  DataObject cbData = new DataObject();
  cbData.SetData(DataFormats.Text, sb.ToString());
  cbData.SetData(DataFormats.Rtf, richTextBox.Rtf);

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