GtkVBox -Gtk+ layout management

GtkVBox is a vertical box container. It places it's child widgets into a single column. GtkHBox is a very similar container This container places it's child widgets into a single row.

#include
int main( int argc, char *argv[])
{
GtkWidget *window;
GtkWidget *vbox;
GtkWidget *settings;
GtkWidget *accounts;
GtkWidget *loans;
GtkWidget *cash;
GtkWidget *debts;
gtk_init(&argc, &argv);
window = gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
gtk_window_set_position(GTK_WINDOW(window), GTK_WIN_POS_CENTER);
gtk_window_set_default_size(GTK_WINDOW(window), 230, 250);
gtk_window_set_title(GTK_WINDOW(window), "GtkVBox");
gtk_container_set_border_width(GTK_CONTAINER(window), 5);
vbox = gtk_vbox_new(TRUE, 1);
gtk_container_add(GTK_CONTAINER(window), vbox);
settings = gtk_button_new_with_label("Settings");
accounts = gtk_button_new_with_label("Accounts");
loans = gtk_button_new_with_label("Loans");
cash = gtk_button_new_with_label("Cash");
debts = gtk_button_new_with_label("Debts");
gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), settings, TRUE, TRUE, 0);
gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), accounts, TRUE, TRUE, 0);
gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), loans, TRUE, TRUE, 0);
gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), cash, TRUE, TRUE, 0);
gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), debts, TRUE, TRUE, 0);
g_signal_connect_swapped(G_OBJECT(window), "destroy",
G_CALLBACK(gtk_main_quit), G_OBJECT(window));
gtk_widget_show_all(window);
gtk_main();
return 0;
}

This example shows a GtkVBox in action. It packs five buttons into one column. If we resize the window of the application, the child widgets are resized as well.

vbox = gtk_vbox_new(TRUE, 1);

The GtkVBox is created. We set the homogeneous parameter to TRUE. This means that all our buttons will be of the same size. The spacing between widgets is set to 1 pixel.

gtk_box_pack_start(GTK_BOX(vbox), settings, TRUE, TRUE, 0);

We pack a settings button into the container. The first two parameters are the container and the child widget. The next three parameters are expand, fill and padding. Note that the fill parameter has no effect, if the expand paramater is set to FALSE. Similarly, the expand parameter has no effect if we have created the container with homegeneous parameter set to TRUE.


Figure: GtkVBox container

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