GtkAccelLabel -- a label which displays an accelerator key on the right of the text.


#include <gtk/gtk.h>

struct      GtkAccelLabel;
GtkWidget*  gtk_accel_label_new             (const gchar *string);
void        gtk_accel_label_set_accel_widget
                                            (GtkAccelLabel *accel_label,
                                             GtkWidget *accel_widget);
guint       gtk_accel_label_get_accel_width (GtkAccelLabel *accel_label);
gboolean    gtk_accel_label_refetch         (GtkAccelLabel *accel_label);

Object Hierarchy



  "accel-widget"         GtkWidget            : Read / Write


The GtkAccelLabel widget is a subclass of GtkLabel that also displays an accelerator key on the right of the label text, e.g. 'Ctl+S'. It is commonly used in menus to show the keyboard short-cuts for commands.

The accelerator key to display is not set explicitly. Instead, the GtkAccelLabel displays the accelerators which have been added to a particular widget. This widget is set by calling gtk_accel_label_set_accel_widget().

For example, a GtkMenuItem widget may have an accelerator added to emit the "activate" signal when the 'Ctl+S' key combination is pressed. A GtkAccelLabel is created and added to the GtkMenuItem, and gtk_accel_label_set_accel_widget() is called with the GtkMenuItem as the second argument. The GtkAccelLabel will now display 'Ctl+S' after its label.

Note that creating a GtkMenuItem with gtk_menu_item_new_with_label() (or one of the similar functions for GtkCheckMenuItem and GtkRadioMenuItem) automatically adds a GtkAccelLabel to the GtkMenuItem and calls gtk_accel_label_set_accel_widget() to set it up for you.

A GtkAccelLabel will only display accelerators which have GTK_ACCEL_VISIBLE set (see GtkAccelFlags). A GtkAccelLabel can display multiple accelerators and even signal names, though it is almost always used to display just one accelerator key.

Example 1. Creating a simple menu item with an accelerator key.

  GtkWidget *save_item;
  GtkAccelGroup *accel_group;

  /* Create a GtkAccelGroup and add it to the window. */
  accel_group = gtk_accel_group_new();
  gtk_window_add_accel_group (GTK_WINDOW (window), accel_group);

  /* Create the menu item using the convenience function. */
  save_item = gtk_menu_item_new_with_label ("Save");
  gtk_widget_show (save_item);
  gtk_container_add (GTK_CONTAINER (menu), save_item);

  /* Now add the accelerator to the GtkMenuItem. Note that since we called
     gtk_menu_item_new_with_label() to create the GtkMenuItem the
     GtkAccelLabel is automatically set up to display the GtkMenuItem
     accelerators. We just need to make sure we use GTK_ACCEL_VISIBLE here. */
  gtk_widget_add_accelerator (save_item, "activate", accel_group,
                              GDK_s, GDK_CONTROL_MASK, GTK_ACCEL_VISIBLE);


struct GtkAccelLabel

struct GtkAccelLabel;

The GtkAccelLabel struct contains private data only, and should be accessed using the functions below.

gtk_accel_label_new ()

GtkWidget*  gtk_accel_label_new             (const gchar *string);

Creates a new GtkAccelLabel.

string :the label string.
Returns :a new GtkAccelLabel.

gtk_accel_label_set_accel_widget ()

void        gtk_accel_label_set_accel_widget
                                            (GtkAccelLabel *accel_label,
                                             GtkWidget *accel_widget);

Sets the widget whose accelerators are to be shown.

accel_label :a GtkAccelLabel.
accel_widget :the widget whose accelerators are to be displayed.

gtk_accel_label_get_accel_width ()

guint       gtk_accel_label_get_accel_width (GtkAccelLabel *accel_label);

Returns the width needed to display the accelerator key(s). This is used by menus to align all of the GtkMenuItem widgets, and shouldn't be needed by applications.

accel_label :a GtkAccelLabel.
Returns : 

gtk_accel_label_refetch ()

gboolean    gtk_accel_label_refetch         (GtkAccelLabel *accel_label);

Recreates the string representing the accelerator keys. This should not be needed since the string is automatically updated whenever accelerators are added or removed from the associated widget.

accel_label :a GtkAccelLabel.
Returns :always returns FALSE.


"accel-widget" (GtkWidget : Read / Write)

See Also

Keyboard Accelerators

installing and using keyboard short-cuts.


an easier way to create menus.