Using the Form Designer

In this chapter we will learn about using the Form Designer.

We can run the From Designer from Ring Notepad

From the Menubar in Ring Notepad - View Menu - We can Show/Hide the Form Designer window.

Form Designer - Inside Ring Notepad

Also we can run the Form Designer in another window.

From the Ring Notepad - Tools Menu - Select the Form Designer.

Form Designer

The Designer Windows

  • Toolbox : To select controls to be added to the window.

  • Properties : To set the properties of the active window or controls.

  • Design Region : To select, move and resize the window and the controls.

The Toolbox

We have many buttons.

  • Lock : We can use it to draw many controls of the same type quickly.

  • Select : We can use it to select a control in the Design Region

  • Controls Buttons : Select a control to be added to the window.

The Properties

  • When we select the window or one control, We will have the selected object properties.

  • Also In the properties window we have a combobox to select the active control.

  • Some properties provide a button next to the property value. We can click on the button to get more options.

  • When we select more than one control, We will have options for multi-selection

Form Designer - Multiple-Selection

Running Forms

When we save the form file (*.rform), The Form Designer will create two Ring files

  • The Controller Class

  • The View Class

For example, if the form file is helloworld.rform

The form designer will generate two files

  • helloworldcontroller.ring

  • helloworldview.ring

To run the program, Open the controller class file then click the Run button (CTRL+F5)


When you open a form using Ring Notepad, the controller class will be opened automatically, So we can press (CTRL+F5) or click on the Run button while the form designer window is active.

Events Code

  1. Just type the method name in the event property.

Form Designer - Event Method

This will add the next code to the Controller Class

func CloseWindow
        oView {

(2) Then write the method code in the controller class.

Form Designer - Event Code

In this example we write

func CloseWindow

Where inside the controller class, We uses the oView object to access the form.

Another Example :

Form Designer - Say Hello

The Event Code

func SayHello
        oView {
                LineEdit2.setText("Hello "+ LineEdit1.text() )

Keyboard Shortcuts

After selecting one or group of controls

  • Use the Arrows (Up, Down, Left and Right) to move them around.

  • Shift + the Arrows (Up, Down, Left and Right) to Resize the controls.

  • Del button to delete the controls.

  • CTRL+SHIFT+V to Duplicate the controls.

Window Flags

From the Window properties we can open the Window Flags window.

Form Designer - Window Flags

Entering Items

For some controls like the List Widget we can enter items separated by comma ‘,’

Form Designer - List Items

Using Layouts

  1. To use layouts, At first add the layout control to the window.

  2. Use the window “Set Layout” property to determine the main layout.

  3. From the layout properties determine the controls and the layout type.

Objects Order and Layouts

All the objects that are added to a layout must comes first!

If we have a form that contains two buttons and a Layout

Then adding a third button after creating the layout requires changing the objects order

We can open the (Objects Order) window using a button from the (Properties) window

Layout Objects Order

Then we can select the (Button3) and click (Move Up)

Layout Objects Order

Then we close the (Objects Order) window

Layout Objects Order

More Samples and Tests

Check the folder : ring/samples/UsingFormDesigner

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