Instance Method


Returns the first logical boundary rectangle for characters in the given range.



func firstRect(forCharacterRange range: NSRange, actualRange: NSRangePointer?) -> NSRect



The character range whose boundary rectangle is returned.


If non-NULL, contains the character range corresponding to the returned area if it was adjusted, for example, to a grapheme cluster boundary or characters in the first line fragment.

Return Value

The boundary rectangle for the given range of characters, in screen coordinates. The rectangle’s size value can be negative if the text flows to the left.


If aRange spans multiple lines of text in the text view, the rectangle returned is the one surrounding the characters in the first line. In that case actualRange contains the range covered by the first rect, so you can query all line fragments by invoking this method repeatedly. If the length of aRange is 0 (as it would be if there is nothing selected at the insertion point), the rectangle coincides with the insertion point, and its width is 0.

See Also

Getting Character Coordinates

func characterIndex(for: NSPoint)

Returns the index of the character whose bounding rectangle includes the given point.