QSizePolicy

The QSizePolicy class is a layout attribute describing horizontal and vertical resizing policy. More

Inheritance diagram of PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy

Synopsis

Functions

Detailed Description

The size policy of a widget is an expression of its willingness to be resized in various ways, and affects how the widget is treated by the layout engine . Each widget returns a QSizePolicy that describes the horizontal and vertical resizing policy it prefers when being laid out. You can change this for a specific widget by changing its sizePolicy property.

QSizePolicy contains two independent Policy values and two stretch factors; one describes the widgets’s horizontal size policy, and the other describes its vertical size policy. It also contains a flag to indicate whether the height and width of its preferred size are related.

The horizontal and vertical policies can be set in the constructor, and altered using the setHorizontalPolicy() and setVerticalPolicy() functions. The stretch factors can be set using the setHorizontalStretch() and setVerticalStretch() functions. The flag indicating whether the widget’s sizeHint() is width-dependent (such as a menu bar or a word-wrapping label) can be set using the setHeightForWidth() function.

The current size policies and stretch factors be retrieved using the horizontalPolicy() , verticalPolicy() , horizontalStretch() and verticalStretch() functions. Alternatively, use the transpose() function to swap the horizontal and vertical policies and stretches. The hasHeightForWidth() function returns the current status of the flag indicating the size hint dependencies.

Use the expandingDirections() function to determine whether the associated widget can make use of more space than its sizeHint() function indicates, as well as find out in which directions it can expand.

Finally, the QSizePolicy class provides operators comparing this size policy to a given policy, as well as a QVariant operator storing this QSizePolicy as a QVariant object.

class PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy(horizontal, vertical[, type=DefaultType])

param type

ControlType

param vertical

Policy

param horizontal

Policy

Constructs a QSizePolicy object with Fixed as its horizontal and vertical policies.

The policies can be altered using the setHorizontalPolicy() and setVerticalPolicy() functions. Use the setHeightForWidth() function if the preferred height of the widget is dependent on the width of the widget (for example, a QLabel with line wrapping).

Constructs a QSizePolicy object with the given horizontal and vertical policies, and the specified control type .

Use setHeightForWidth() if the preferred height of the widget is dependent on the width of the widget (for example, a QLabel with line wrapping).

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.PolicyFlag

These flags are combined together to form the various Policy values:

Constant

Description

QSizePolicy.GrowFlag

The widget can grow beyond its size hint if necessary.

QSizePolicy.ExpandFlag

The widget should get as much space as possible.

QSizePolicy.ShrinkFlag

The widget can shrink below its size hint if necessary.

QSizePolicy.IgnoreFlag

The widget’s size hint is ignored. The widget will get as much space as possible.

See also

Policy

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.Policy

This enum describes the various per-dimension sizing types used when constructing a QSizePolicy .

Constant

Description

QSizePolicy.Fixed

The sizeHint() is the only acceptable alternative, so the widget can never grow or shrink (e.g. the vertical direction of a push button).

QSizePolicy.Minimum

The sizeHint() is minimal, and sufficient. The widget can be expanded, but there is no advantage to it being larger (e.g. the horizontal direction of a push button). It cannot be smaller than the size provided by sizeHint().

QSizePolicy.Maximum

The sizeHint() is a maximum. The widget can be shrunk any amount without detriment if other widgets need the space (e.g. a separator line). It cannot be larger than the size provided by sizeHint().

QSizePolicy.Preferred

The sizeHint() is best, but the widget can be shrunk and still be useful. The widget can be expanded, but there is no advantage to it being larger than sizeHint() (the default QWidget policy).

QSizePolicy.Expanding

The sizeHint() is a sensible size, but the widget can be shrunk and still be useful. The widget can make use of extra space, so it should get as much space as possible (e.g. the horizontal direction of a horizontal slider).

QSizePolicy.MinimumExpanding

The sizeHint() is minimal, and sufficient. The widget can make use of extra space, so it should get as much space as possible (e.g. the horizontal direction of a horizontal slider).

QSizePolicy.Ignored

The sizeHint() is ignored. The widget will get as much space as possible.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.ControlType

This enum specifies the different types of widgets in terms of layout interaction:

Constant

Description

QSizePolicy.DefaultType

The default type, when none is specified.

QSizePolicy.ButtonBox

A QDialogButtonBox instance.

QSizePolicy.CheckBox

A QCheckBox instance.

QSizePolicy.ComboBox

A QComboBox instance.

QSizePolicy.Frame

A QFrame instance.

QSizePolicy.GroupBox

A QGroupBox instance.

QSizePolicy.Label

A QLabel instance.

QSizePolicy.Line

A QFrame instance with HLine or VLine .

QSizePolicy.LineEdit

A QLineEdit instance.

QSizePolicy.PushButton

A QPushButton instance.

QSizePolicy.RadioButton

A QRadioButton instance.

QSizePolicy.Slider

A QAbstractSlider instance.

QSizePolicy.SpinBox

A QAbstractSpinBox instance.

QSizePolicy.TabWidget

A QTabWidget instance.

QSizePolicy.ToolButton

A QToolButton instance.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.controlType()
Return type

ControlType

Returns the control type associated with the widget for which this size policy applies.

See also

setControlType()

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.expandingDirections()
Return type

Orientations

Returns whether a widget can make use of more space than the sizeHint() function indicates.

A value of Horizontal or Vertical means that the widget can grow horizontally or vertically (i.e., the horizontal or vertical policy is Expanding or MinimumExpanding ), whereas Horizontal | Vertical means that it can grow in both dimensions.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.hasHeightForWidth()
Return type

bool

Returns true if the widget’s preferred height depends on its width; otherwise returns false .

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.hasWidthForHeight()
Return type

bool

Returns true if the widget’s width depends on its height; otherwise returns false .

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.horizontalPolicy()
Return type

Policy

Returns the horizontal component of the size policy.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.horizontalStretch()
Return type

int

Returns the horizontal stretch factor of the size policy.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.__ne__(s)
Parameters

sPySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy

Return type

bool

Returns true if this policy is different from other ; otherwise returns false .

See also

operator==()

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.__eq__(s)
Parameters

sPySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy

Return type

bool

Returns true if this policy is equal to other ; otherwise returns false .

See also

operator!=()

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.retainSizeWhenHidden()
Return type

bool

Returns whether the layout should retain the widget’s size when it is hidden. This is false by default.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setControlType(type)
Parameters

typeControlType

Sets the control type associated with the widget for which this size policy applies to type .

The control type specifies the type of the widget for which this size policy applies. It is used by some styles, notably QMacStyle, to insert proper spacing between widgets. For example, the macOS Aqua guidelines specify that push buttons should be separated by 12 pixels, whereas vertically stacked radio buttons only require 6 pixels.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setHeightForWidth(b)
Parameters

b – bool

Sets the flag determining whether the widget’s preferred height depends on its width, to dependent .

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setHorizontalPolicy(d)
Parameters

dPolicy

Sets the horizontal component to the given policy .

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setHorizontalStretch(stretchFactor)
Parameters

stretchFactor – int

Sets the horizontal stretch factor of the size policy to the given stretchFactor . stretchFactor must be in the range [0,255].

When two widgets are adjacent to each other in a horizontal layout, setting the horizontal stretch factor of the widget on the left to 2 and the factor of widget on the right to 1 will ensure that the widget on the left will always be twice the size of the one on the right.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setRetainSizeWhenHidden(retainSize)
Parameters

retainSize – bool

Sets whether a layout should retain the widget’s size when it is hidden. If retainSize is true , the layout will not be changed by hiding the widget.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setVerticalPolicy(d)
Parameters

dPolicy

Sets the vertical component to the given policy .

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setVerticalStretch(stretchFactor)
Parameters

stretchFactor – int

Sets the vertical stretch factor of the size policy to the given stretchFactor . stretchFactor must be in the range [0,255].

When two widgets are adjacent to each other in a vertical layout, setting the vertical stretch factor of the widget on the top to 2 and the factor of widget on the bottom to 1 will ensure that the widget on the top will always be twice the size of the one on the bottom.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.setWidthForHeight(b)
Parameters

b – bool

Sets the flag determining whether the widget’s width depends on its height, to dependent .

This is only supported for QGraphicsLayout ‘s subclasses. It is not possible to have a layout with both height-for-width and width-for-height constraints at the same time.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.transpose()

Swaps the horizontal and vertical policies and stretches.

See also

transposed()

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.transposed()
Return type

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy

Returns a size policy object with the horizontal and vertical policies and stretches swapped.

See also

transpose()

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.verticalPolicy()
Return type

Policy

Returns the vertical component of the size policy.

PySide2.QtWidgets.QSizePolicy.verticalStretch()
Return type

int

Returns the vertical stretch factor of the size policy.