Michael Campsall Michael Campsall - 4 months ago 6x
iOS Question

UITextView is not scrolled to top when loaded

When I have text that does not fill the UITextView, it is scrolled to the top working as intended. When there is more text than will fit on screen, the UITextView is scrolled to the middle of the text, rather than the top.

Here are some potentially relevant details:

In viewDidLoad to give some padding on top and bottom of UITextView:

self.mainTextView.textContainerInset = UIEdgeInsetsMake(90, 0, 70, 0);

The UITextView uses auto layout to anchor it 20px from top, bottom and each side of the screen (done in IB) to allow for different screen sizes and orientations.

I can still scroll it with my finger once its loaded.

I found that removing the auto layout constraints and then fixing the width only seems to fix the issue, but only for that screen width.


UITextView is a subclass of UIScrollView, so you can use its methods. If all you want to do is ensure that it's scrolled to the top, then wherever the text is added try:

[self.mainTextView setContentOffset:CGPointZero animated:NO];

EDIT: AutoLayout with any kind of scrollview gets wonky fast. That setting a fixed width solves it isn't surprising. If it doesn't work in -viewDidLayoutSubviews then that is odd. Setting a layout constraint manually may work. First create the constraints in IB:

@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet NSLayoutConstraint *textViewWidthConstraint;
@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet NSLayoutConstraint *textViewHeightConstraint;

then in the ViewController

    -(void)updateViewConstraints {
            self.textViewWidthConstraint.constant = self.view.frame.size.width - 40.0f;
            self.textViewHeightConstraint.constant = self.view.frame.size.height - 40.0f;
            [super updateViewConstraints];

May still be necessary to setContentOffset in -viewDidLayoutSubviews.

(Another method would be to create a layout constraint for "'equal' widths" and "'equal' heights" between the textView and its superView, with a constant of "-40". It's only 'equal' if the constant is zero, otherwise it adjusts by the constant. But because you can only add this constraint to a view that constraints both views, you can't do this in IB.)

You may ask yourself, if I have to do this, what's the point of AutoLayout? I've studied AutoLayout in depth, and that is an excellent question.