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QLabel Class Reference


The QLabel widget provides a static information display More...

#include <qlabel.h>

Inherits QFrame.

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TypeNameREADWRITEOptions
QStringtexttextsetText 
TextFormattextFormattextFormatsetTextFormat 
QPixmappixmappixmapsetPixmap 
boolscaledContentshasScaledContentssetScaledContents 
AlignmentalignmentalignmentsetAlignment 
intindentindentsetIndent 

Detailed Description

The QLabel widget provides a static information display

QLabel is used for displaying information in the form of text or image to the user. No user interaction functionality is provided. The visual appearance of the label can be configured in various ways, and it can be used for specifying a focus accelerator key for another widget.

A QLabel can contain any of the following content types:

When the content is changed using any of these functions, any previous content is cleared.

The look of a QLabel can be tuned in several ways. All the settings of QFrame are available for specifying a widget frame. The positioning of the content within the QLabel widget area can be tuned with setAlignment() and setIndent(). For example, this code sets up a sunken panel with a two-line text in the bottom right corner (both lines being flush with the right side of the label):

    QLabel *label = new QLabel;
    label->setFrameStyle( QFrame::Panel | QFrame::Sunken );
    label->setText( "first line\nsecond line" );
    label->setAlignment( AlignBottom | AlignRight );

A QLabel is often used as a label for another, interactive widget. For this use, QLabel provides a handy mechanism for adding an accelerator key (see QAccel) that will set the keyboard focus to the other widget (called the QLabel's "buddy"). Example:

     QLineEdit* phoneEdit = new QLineEdit( this, "phoneEdit" );
     QLabel* phoneLabel = new QLabel( phoneEdit, "&Phone:", this, "phoneLabel" );

In this example, keyboard focus is transferred to the label's buddy (the QLineEdit) when the user presses Alt-P. You can also use the setBuddy() function to accomplish the same.

See also QLineEdit, QTextView, QPixmap, QMovie and GUI Design Handbook: Label

Examples: xml/tagreader-with-features/tagreader.cpp layout/layout.cpp customlayout/main.cpp progress/progress.cpp popup/popup.cpp movies/main.cpp menu/menu.cpp qmag/qmag.cpp cursor/cursor.cpp


Member Function Documentation

QLabel::QLabel ( QWidget * buddy, const QString & text, QWidget * parent, const char * name=0, WFlags f=0 )

Constructs a label with a text and a buddy.

The text is set with setText(). The buddy is set with setBuddy().

The parent, name and f arguments are passed to the QFrame constructor.

See also setText(), setBuddy(), setAlignment(), setFrameStyle() and setIndent().

QLabel::QLabel ( QWidget * parent, const char * name=0, WFlags f=0 )

Constructs an empty label.

The parent, name and f arguments are passed to the QFrame constructor.

See also setAlignment(), setFrameStyle() and setIndent().

QLabel::QLabel ( const QString & text, QWidget * parent, const char * name=0, WFlags f=0 )

Constructs a label with a text. The text is set with setText().

The parent, name and f arguments are passed to the QFrame constructor.

See also setText(), setAlignment(), setFrameStyle() and setIndent().

QLabel::~QLabel ()

Destructs the label.

int QLabel::alignment () const

Returns the alignment setting.

See also setAlignment().

bool QLabel::autoResize () const

This function is obsolete. It is provided to keep old source working, and will probably be removed in a future version of Qt. We strongly advise against using it in new code.

Returns TRUE if auto-resizing is enabled, or FALSE if auto-resizing is disabled.

Auto-resizing is disabled by default.

See also setAutoResize().

QWidget * QLabel::buddy () const

Returns the buddy of this label, or 0 if no buddy is currently set.

See also setBuddy().

void QLabel::clear () [slot]

Clears any label contents. Equivalent with setText( "" ).

void QLabel::drawContents ( QPainter * p ) [virtual protected]

Draws the label contents using the painter p.

Reimplemented from QFrame.

void QLabel::drawContentsMask ( QPainter * p ) [virtual protected]

Draws the label contents mask using the painter p. Used only in transparent mode.

See also QWidget::setAutoMask();.

Reimplemented from QFrame.

void QLabel::fontChange ( const QFont & ) [virtual protected]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Reimplemented from QWidget.

bool QLabel::hasScaledContents () const

Returns whether the label will scale its contents to fill all available space.

See also setScaledContents().

int QLabel::heightForWidth ( int w ) const [virtual]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Reimplemented from QWidget.

int QLabel::indent () const

Returns the indent of the label.

See also setIndent().

QSize QLabel::minimumSizeHint () const [virtual]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Reimplemented from QWidget.

QMovieQLabel::movie () const

If the label contains a movie, returns a pointer to it. Otherwise, returns 0.

See also setMovie().

QPixmap * QLabel::pixmap () const

If the label contains a pixmap, returns a pointer to it. Otherwise, returns 0.

See also setPixmap().

void QLabel::resizeEvent ( QResizeEvent * e ) [virtual protected]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Reimplemented from QWidget.

void QLabel::setAlignment ( int alignment ) [virtual]

Sets the alignment of the label contents.

The alignment must be a bitwise OR of Qt::AlignmentFlags values. The WordBreak, ExpandTabs, SingleLine and ShowPrefix flags apply only if the label contains a plain text, and are otherwise ignored. The DontClip flag is always ignored.

If the label has a buddy, the ShowPrefix flag is forced to TRUE.

The default alignment is AlignLeft | AlignVCenter | ExpandTabs if the label doesn't have a buddy and AlignLeft | AlignVCenter | ExpandTabs | ShowPrefix if the label has a buddy.

See also Qt::AlignmentFlags, alignment(), setBuddy() and setText().

Examples: layout/layout.cpp customlayout/main.cpp popup/popup.cpp qmag/qmag.cpp cursor/cursor.cpp

void QLabel::setAutoMask ( bool b ) [virtual]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Reimplemented from QWidget.

void QLabel::setAutoResize ( bool enable ) [virtual]

This function is obsolete. It is provided to keep old source working, and will probably be removed in a future version of Qt. We strongly advise against using it in new code.

Enables auto-resizing if enable is TRUE, or disables it if enable is FALSE.

When auto-resizing is enabled, the label will resize itself to fit the contents whenever the contents change. The top left corner is not moved. This is useful for QLabel widgets that are not managed by a QLayout (e.g. top-level widgets).

Auto-resizing is disabled by default.

See also autoResize(), adjustSize() and sizeHint().

void QLabel::setBuddy ( QWidget * buddy ) [virtual]

Sets the buddy of this label to buddy.

When the user presses the accelerator key indicated by this label, the keyboard focus is transferred to the label's buddy widget.

The buddy mechanism is only available for QLabels that contain a plain text in which one letter is prefixed with '&'. It is this letter that is set as the accelerator key. The letter is displayed underlined, and the '&' is not displayed (i.e. the ShowPrefix alignment flag is turned on; see setAlignment()).

In a dialog, you might create two data entry widgets and a label for each, and set up the geometry layout so each label is just to the left of its data entry widget (its "buddy"), somewhat like this:

    QLineEdit *nameEd  = new QLineEdit( this );
    QLabel    *nameLb  = new QLabel( "&Name:", this );
    nameLb->setBuddy( nameEd );
    QLineEdit *phoneEd = new QLineEdit( this );
    QLabel    *phoneLb = new QLabel( "&Phone:", this );
    phoneLb->setBuddy( phoneEd );
    // ( layout setup not shown )

With the code above, the focus jumps to the Name field when the user presses Alt-N, and to the Phone field when the user presses Alt-P.

To unset a previously set buddy, call this function with buddy set to 0.

See also buddy(), setText(), QAccel and setAlignment().

void QLabel::setIndent ( int indent )

Sets the indent of the label to indent pixels.

The indent applies to the left edge if alignment() is AlignLeft, to the right edge if alignment() is AlignRight, to the top edge if alignment() is AlignTop, and to to the bottom edge if alignment() is AlignBottom.

If indent is negative, or if no indent has been set, the label computes the effective indent as follows: If frameWidth() is 0, the effective indent becomes 0. If frameWidth() is greater than 0, the effective indent becomes half the width of the "x" character of the widget's current font().

If indent is non-negative, the effective indent is indent pixels.

See also indent(), setAlignment(), frameWidth() and font().

Examples: movies/main.cpp

void QLabel::setMovie ( const QMovie & movie ) [virtual slot]

Sets the label contents to movie. Any previous content is cleared.

The buddy accelerator, if any, is disabled.

The label resizes itself if auto-resizing is enabled.

See also movie() and setBuddy().

void QLabel::setNum ( double num ) [virtual slot]

Sets the label contents to a plain text containing the printed value of num. Does nothing if this is equal to the current contents of the label. Any previous content is cleared.

The buddy accelerator, if any, is disabled.

The label resizes itself if auto-resizing is enabled.

See also setText(), QString::setNum() and setBuddy().

void QLabel::setNum ( int num ) [virtual slot]

Sets the label contents to a plain text containing the printed value of num. Does nothing if this is equal to the current contents of the label. Any previous content is cleared.

The buddy accelerator, if any, is disabled.

The label resizes itself if auto-resizing is enabled.

See also setText(), QString::setNum() and setBuddy().

void QLabel::setPixmap ( const QPixmap & pixmap ) [virtual slot]

Sets the label contents to pixmap. Any previous content is cleared.

The buddy accelerator, if any, is disabled.

The label resizes itself if auto-resizing is enabled.

See also pixmap() and setBuddy().

void QLabel::setScaledContents ( bool enable )

When called with enable == TRUE, and the label shows a pixmap, it will scale the pixmap to fill available space.

See also hasScaledContents().

void QLabel::setText ( const QString & text ) [virtual slot]

Sets the label contents to text, or does nothing if text is equal to the current contents of the label. Any previous content is cleared.

text will be interpreted either as a plain text or as a rich text, depending on the text format setting; see setTextFormat(). The default setting is AutoText, i.e. QLabel will try to auto-detect the format of text.

If text is interpreted as a plain text, and a buddy has been set, the buddy accelerator key is updated from the new text.

The label resizes itself if auto-resizing is enabled.

Note that Qlabel is well suited to display small rich text documents only. For large documents, use QTextView instead. It will flicker less on resize and can also provide a scrollbar if necessary.

See also text(), setTextFormat(), setBuddy() and setAlignment().

Examples: layout/layout.cpp customlayout/main.cpp popup/popup.cpp qmag/qmag.cpp cursor/cursor.cpp

void QLabel::setTextFormat ( Qt::TextFormat format )

Sets the text format to format. See the Qt::TextFormat enum for an explanation of the possible options.

The default format is AutoText.

See also textFormat() and setText().

QSize QLabel::sizeHint () const [virtual]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Examples: layout/layout.cpp

Reimplemented from QWidget.

QSizePolicy QLabel::sizePolicy () const [virtual]

Reimplemented for internal reasons; the API is not affected.

Reimplemented from QWidget.

QString QLabel::text () const

Returns the label text. If the content is a plain or a rich text, this is the string that was passed to setText(). Otherwise, it is an empty/null string.

See also setText(), setNum() and clear().

Qt::TextFormat QLabel::textFormat() const

Returns the current text format.

See also setTextFormat().


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