iPhone Keyboard, how to make Return key work?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by fenrus110, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. fenrus110 macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    I'm using a UITextField and I am guessing that I need to use UITextFieldDelegate somehow to make the Return key actually do something. (like exit the keyboard mode)

    I looked at:
    HelloWorldClassic, but the Return key doesn't do anything.
    UIShowCase, but it's just full of subclass upon subclass confusion.
    SQLLiteBooks, but again, full of subclass confusion.

    I'm a XCode newb, so can anyone explain or provide a quick and dirty example of how to make the keyboard work as intended?
  2. AndyQ macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    What I did was the following:

    When setting up the textfield, add an extra line that looks like:
    myTextField.returnKeyType = UIReturnKeyDone;

    You may also need the following line:
    myTextField.delegate = self;

    Then you need to add a function:

    // this helps dismiss the keyboard then the "done" button is clicked
    - (BOOL)textFieldShouldReturn:(UITextField *)textField
    [textField resignFirstResponder];
    return YES;

    That works for me.
  3. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    ugh this just makes me want to go in the fetal position because of this program i need to write that is due monday and have put off for 3 weeks :(
  4. fenrus110 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008

    Okay I see that. Now just one step further, what if I have two UITextField's? ie. username/password.

    Will the textFieldShouldReturnUITextField function be now listening to both UITextField's? Shouldn't they be separated?
  5. AndyQ macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2008
    Do you want the same behaviour on both text fields?

    If so, you don't need to do anything else otherwise in the textFieldShouldReturn method just see which field the textField points to and handle accordingly

    if ( textField == usernameField )
  6. fenrus110 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    hmm... massive if/else statements, seems like a similar event mechanism used in Java... (which I hate)
  7. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    So your writing a program where the enter key when used in the 1st text box on the screen will perform one way and in the text input box directly below it the enter key will behave in an entirely different manner?

  8. Monkaaay macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    Always a bad idea. :)
  9. jdhouse4 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    From UITextField to UITextField...

    I'm running into the same problem. In "normal" IB, the NSTextField responder chain can be easily set through "nextKeyView". But not in IB for iPhone Touch app interfaces. Sad...:(

    You can see a screenshot of my sample app at Cocoacoderblog.com.:apple:

    Here's what I want for events. First, upon touching UITextField nameField, a keyboard should come up that has not only "Next" for its return key, but maybe even "Return" instead but with "Previous" and "Next" on the navigation bar of the keyboard, much as one gets when using the iPhone's Safari in a multi-field setting.

    When I hit "Next", the focus goes from the first UITextField nameField to UITextField ageField. Upon completing the age, touch the "Return" key and the action should occur.

    I've tried calling the UITextField delegate textFieldShouldReturn to get this to work, but need to include something...just not sure what.
  10. jdhouse4 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    was it something I said?

    Ok, where did everyone go?

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