qdialog.3qt - Man Page

The base class of dialog windows


#include <qdialog.h>

Inherits QWidget.

Inherited by QColorDialog, QErrorMessage, QFileDialog, QFontDialog, QInputDialog, QMessageBox, QMotifDialog, QProgressDialog, QTabDialog, and QWizard.

Public Members

explicit QDialog ( QWidget * parent = 0, const char * name = 0, bool modal = FALSE, WFlags f = 0 )
~QDialog ()
enum DialogCode { Rejected, Accepted }
int result () const
virtual void show ()
void setOrientation ( Orientation orientation )
Orientation orientation () const
void setExtension ( QWidget * extension )
QWidget * extension () const
void setSizeGripEnabled ( bool )
bool isSizeGripEnabled () const
void setModal ( bool modal )
bool isModal () const

Public Slots

int exec ()


bool modal - whether show() should pop up the dialog as modal or modeless
bool sizeGripEnabled - whether the size grip is enabled

Protected Members

void setResult ( int i )

Protected Slots

virtual void done ( int r )
virtual void accept ()
virtual void reject ()
void showExtension ( bool showIt )


The QDialog class is the base class of dialog windows.

A dialog window is a top-level window mostly used for short-term tasks and brief communications with the user. QDialogs may be modal or modeless. QDialogs support extensibility and can provide a return value. They can have default buttons. QDialogs can also have a QSizeGrip in their lower-right corner, using setSizeGripEnabled().

Note that QDialog uses the parent widget slightly differently from other classes in Qt. A dialog is always a top-level widget, but if it has a parent, its default location is centered on top of the parent's top-level widget (if it is not top-level itself). It will also share the parent's taskbar entry.

Modeless Dialogs

A modeless dialog is a dialog that operates independently of other windows in the same application. Find and replace dialogs in word-processors are often modeless to allow the user to interact with both the application's main window and with the dialog.

Modeless dialogs are displayed using show(), which returns control to the caller immediately.

Default button

A dialog's default button is the button that's pressed when the user presses Enter (Return). This button is used to signify that the user accepts the dialog's settings and wants to close the dialog. Use QPushButton::setDefault(), QPushButton::isDefault() and QPushButton::autoDefault() to set and control the dialog's default button.

Escape Key

If the user presses the Esc key in a dialog, QDialog::reject() will be called. This will cause the window to close: the closeEvent cannot be ignored.


Extensibility is the ability to show the dialog in two ways: a partial dialog that shows the most commonly used options, and a full dialog that shows all the options. Typically an extensible dialog will initially appear as a partial dialog, but with a" More" toggle button. If the user presses the "More" button down, the full dialog will appear. The extension widget will be resized to its sizeHint(). If orientation is Horizontal the extension widget's height() will be expanded to the height() of the dialog. If the orientation is Vertical the extension widget's width() will be expanded to the width() of the dialog. Extensibility is controlled with setExtension(), setOrientation() and showExtension().

Return value (modal dialogs)

Modal dialogs are often used in situations where a return value is required, e.g. to indicate whether the user pressed "OK" or" Cancel". A dialog can be closed by calling the accept() or the reject() slots, and exec() will return Accepted or Rejected as appropriate. The exec() call returns the result of the dialog. The result is also available from result() if the dialog has not been destroyed. If the WDestructiveClose flag is set, the dialog is deleted after exec() returns.


A modal dialog.

        QFileDialog *dlg = new QFileDialog( workingDirectory,
                QString::null, 0, 0, TRUE );
        dlg->setCaption( QFileDialog::tr( "Open" ) );
        dlg->setMode( QFileDialog::ExistingFile );
        QString result;
        if ( dlg->exec() == QDialog::Accepted ) {
            result = dlg->selectedFile();
            workingDirectory = dlg->url();
        delete dlg;
        return result;

A modeless dialog. After the show() call, control returns to the main event loop.

    int main( int argc, char **argv )
        QApplication a( argc, argv );
        int scale = 10;
        LifeDialog *life = new LifeDialog( scale );
        a.setMainWidget( life );
        life->setCaption("Qt Example - Life");
        return a.exec();

See also QTabDialog, QWidget, QProgressDialog, GUI Design Handbook: Dialogs, Standard, Abstract Widget Classes, and Dialog Classes.

Member Type Documentation


The value returned by a modal dialog.



Member Function Documentation

explicit QDialog::QDialog ( QWidget * parent = 0, const char * name = 0, bool modal = FALSE, WFlags f = 0 )

Constructs a dialog called name, with parent parent.

A dialog is always a top-level widget, but if it has a parent, its default location is centered on top of the parent. It will also share the parent's taskbar entry.

The widget flags f are passed on to the QWidget constructor. If, for example, you don't want a What's This button in the titlebar of the dialog, pass WStyle_Customize | WStyle_NormalBorder | WStyle_Title | WStyle_SysMenu in f.

Warning: In Qt 3.2, the modal flag is obsolete. There is now a setModal() function that can be used for obtaining a modal behavior when calling show(). This is rarely needed, because modal dialogs are usually invoked using exec(), which ignores the modal flag.

See also QWidget::setWFlags() and Qt::WidgetFlags.

QDialog::~QDialog ()

Destroys the QDialog, deleting all its children.

void QDialog::accept () [virtual protected slot]

Hides the modal dialog and sets the result code to Accepted.

See also reject() and done().


void QDialog::done ( int r ) [virtual protected slot]

Closes the dialog and sets its result code to r. If this dialog is shown with exec(), done() causes the local event loop to finish, and exec() to return r.

As with QWidget::close(), done() deletes the dialog if the WDestructiveClose flag is set. If the dialog is the application's main widget, the application terminates. If the dialog is the last window closed, the QApplication::lastWindowClosed() signal is emitted.

See also accept(), reject(), QApplication::mainWidget(), and QApplication::quit().

int QDialog::exec () [slot]

Shows the dialog as a modal dialog, blocking until the user closes it. The function returns a DialogCode result.

Users cannot interact with any other window in the same application until they close the dialog.

See also show() and result().


QWidget * QDialog::extension () const

Returns the dialog's extension or 0 if no extension has been defined.

See also setExtension().

bool QDialog::isModal () const

Returns TRUE if show() should pop up the dialog as modal or modeless; otherwise returns FALSE. See the "modal" property for details.

bool QDialog::isSizeGripEnabled () const

Returns TRUE if the size grip is enabled; otherwise returns FALSE. See the "sizeGripEnabled" property for details.

Orientation QDialog::orientation () const

Returns the dialog's extension orientation.

See also setOrientation().

void QDialog::reject () [virtual protected slot]

Hides the modal dialog and sets the result code to Rejected.

See also accept() and done().

int QDialog::result () const

Returns the modal dialog's result code, Accepted or Rejected.

Do not call this function if the dialog was constructed with the WDestructiveClose flag.

void QDialog::setExtension ( QWidget * extension )

Sets the widget, extension, to be the dialog's extension, deleting any previous extension. The dialog takes ownership of the extension. Note that if 0 is passed any existing extension will be deleted.

This function must only be called while the dialog is hidden.

See also showExtension(), setOrientation(), and extension().

void QDialog::setModal ( bool modal )

Sets whether show() should pop up the dialog as modal or modeless to modal. See the "modal" property for details.

void QDialog::setOrientation ( Orientation orientation )

If orientation is Horizontal, the extension will be displayed to the right of the dialog's main area. If orientation is Vertical, the extension will be displayed below the dialog's main area.

See also orientation() and setExtension().

void QDialog::setResult ( int i ) [protected]

Sets the modal dialog's result code to i.

void QDialog::setSizeGripEnabled ( bool )

Sets whether the size grip is enabled. See the "sizeGripEnabled" property for details.

void QDialog::show () [virtual]

Shows the dialog as a modeless dialog. Control returns immediately to the calling code.

The dialog will be modal or modeless according to the value of the modal property.

See also exec() and modal.


Reimplemented from QWidget.

void QDialog::showExtension ( bool showIt ) [protected slot]

If showIt is TRUE, the dialog's extension is shown; otherwise the extension is hidden.

This slot is usually connected to the QButton::toggled() signal of a QPushButton.

A dialog with a visible extension is not resizeable.

See also show(), setExtension(), and setOrientation().

Property Documentation

bool modal

This property holds whether show() should pop up the dialog as modal or modeless.

By default, this property is false and show() pops up the dialog as modeless.

exec() ignores the value of this property and always pops up the dialog as modal.

See also show() and exec().

Set this property's value with setModal() and get this property's value with isModal().

bool sizeGripEnabled

This property holds whether the size grip is enabled.

A QSizeGrip is placed in the bottom right corner of the dialog when this property is enabled. By default, the size grip is disabled.

Set this property's value with setSizeGripEnabled() and get this property's value with isSizeGripEnabled().

See Also

http://doc.trolltech.com/qdialog.html http://www.trolltech.com/faq/tech.html


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Referenced By

The man page QDialog.3qt(3) is an alias of qdialog.3qt(3).

2 February 2007 Trolltech AS