GtkFixed- layout management in GTK

The GtkFixed container places child widgets at fixed positions and with fixed sizes. This container performs no automatic layout management. In most applications, we don't use GtkFixed container. There are some specialized areas, where we use this container. For example games, specialized applications that work with diagrams, resizable components that can be moved (like a chart in a spreadsheet application), small educational examples.

int main( int argc, char *argv[])
GtkWidget *window;
GtkWidget *fixed;
GtkWidget *button1;
GtkWidget *button2;
GtkWidget *button3;
gtk_init(&argc, &argv);
window = gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
gtk_window_set_title(GTK_WINDOW(window), "GtkFixed");
gtk_window_set_default_size(GTK_WINDOW(window), 290, 200);
gtk_window_set_position(GTK_WINDOW(window), GTK_WIN_POS_CENTER);
fixed = gtk_fixed_new();
gtk_container_add(GTK_CONTAINER(window), fixed);
button1 = gtk_button_new_with_label("Button");
gtk_fixed_put(GTK_FIXED(fixed), button1, 150, 50);
gtk_widget_set_size_request(button1, 80, 35);
button2 = gtk_button_new_with_label("Button");
gtk_fixed_put(GTK_FIXED(fixed), button2, 15, 15);
gtk_widget_set_size_request(button2, 80, 35);
button3 = gtk_button_new_with_label("Button");
gtk_fixed_put(GTK_FIXED(fixed), button3, 100, 100);
gtk_widget_set_size_request(button3, 80, 35);
g_signal_connect_swapped(G_OBJECT(window), "destroy",
G_CALLBACK(gtk_main_quit), NULL);
return 0;

In our example, we create three buttons and place them at fixed coordinates. When we resize the window of the application, the buttons keep their size and positions.

fixed = gtk_fixed_new();

Here a GtkFixed container widget is created.

gtk_fixed_put(GTK_FIXED(fixed), button1, 150, 50);

The first button is placed using the gtk_fixed_put() function at coordinates x=150, y=50.

Figure: GtkFixed container

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