Carriage Return/Line Feed in .Net Resource File (App_GlobalResources)

I'm keeping several texts in an App_GlobalResources.resx file.

The texts have to be multi-line and I need to have them contain line feeds. However, when I read the contents, all line feeds are gone (\r\n is printed, not as CRLF 10 13 control character).

I know that I could work around this by re-replacing \r\n (or anything else for that matter) back to CRLF when I read the contents, but I wondered why these clearly text-targeted resx files ignore control characters - and CRLF is kind of important - and if anybody knows if there's a setting or something that would enable this to work naturally.


I used VB.NET Express Edition to test this.

In the resource editor (where you can specify the name of the resource and string content) put the string content separated by Shift+Enter.

Lets say you want to type in


Type "hello" followed by Shift+Enter and "world".

If you look at the Resources.Resx file (which is an xml file), you can see that it creates a node with the attribute xml:space="preserve".

2nd option

Also, you can edit the Resources.resx manually and modify the content to be under CDATA section.

Assume that you have the string named "example". Search for it in Resources.resx and change the content to have CDATA section inside it as against having a simple value.


<data name="example">
2   3
]]>  </data>

Use Shift+Enter to insert a new line.

When using the resx designer interface
  • If you are actually typing the text into the resx file then you would use


    as noted in other answers.

  • If you are pasting text in the resx - Visual Studio will paste the text in the same format as it already is (including linebreaks / multiline).

When opening the resx file in XML format

(locate the resx file using find and replace.. when you click the file from the 'find results' panel, VS will open the resx file in XML)

Here you can add text as you like (in value tags) and formatting will be preserved.

Well, what worked in my situation was using a <br> tag like this:

A text with a line break <br> and this goes in the second line.

There's a post with more info here: Putting a line break in an resx resource file

If you happen to be using Razor view engine with ASP.NET MVC you need to use:


so that it prints the <br> as HTML.

It's possible to edit the *.resx file with a text editor to add linebreaks.

You can do it even within Visual Studio:

  • Right click to the resource file
  • Click to Open with ...
  • Select XML (Text) Editor with Encoding
  • Click OK
  • Click OK again for encoding selection (auto-detect)
  • Search for the name (key) of your text (e.g. "MY_TEXT")
  • Edit the text inside of the <value> tag. For linebreaks just push Enter. Note: Remove the leading spaces after linebreak. Otherwise they are inserted, too.

Tested with Visual Studio 2017.


  <data name="MY_TEXT" xml:space="preserve">
    <value>Line 1
Line 2
Line 3</value>

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