Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Customizing Checkboxes In Android

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In android we can customize the customize the default checkboxes. Default checkboxes are small and also not attractive, By using customized checkboxes we can design more attractive and better user interface.

To customize checkboxes we need to define our own drawables for checked and unchecked state.

Learn Customize Radio Button In Android

In this example I have  used these two drawables for checked and unchecked state.




We need to define the xml for our customized checkboxes

create the custom_checkbox_design.xml  file and put it in drawable folder( if drawable folder is not there ,cerate it (inside res folder, and put custom_checkbox_design.xm  file in this folder). It should look like following in pacakgae explorer

res
  -> drawable
         -> custom_checkbox_design.xml

custom_checkbox_design.xml


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    
    <selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
    
         <item android:state_checked="true" android:drawable="@drawable/checked" />
         <item android:state_checked="false" android:drawable="@drawable/unchecked" />
    
    </selector>



In checkbox  set android:button  property to the  custom_checkbox_design.xml  drawable  like
android:button="@drawable/custom_checkbox_design"

See the differences in default checkbox and customize checkbox in below screenshot.




main.xml


<LinearLayout
               android:layout_width="fill_parent"
               android:layout_height="fill_parent"
               android:orientation="vertical"
               xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">

   <TextView
                android:id="@+id/textView1"
                android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:layout_marginTop="30dp"
                android:gravity="center_horizontal"
                android:textSize="25dp"
                android:text="Default Check box" />

  
   <!--   Default Checkboxes  -->

   <CheckBox
                   android:id="@+id/checkBoxDeafult1"
                   android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                   android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                   android:layout_gravity="center_horizontal"
                   android:text="Checked Checkbox"
                   android:layout_marginTop="20dp"
                   android:checked="true"
                   android:textSize="20dp" />
     <CheckBox
                   android:id="@+id/checkBoxDeafult1"
                   android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                   android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                   android:text="Unchecked Checkbox"
                   android:layout_marginTop="10dp"
                   android:checked="false"
                   android:textSize="20dp" />
    
    
        <View
                   android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                   android:layout_height="1dp"
                   android:layout_marginTop="20dp"
                   android:background="#B8B894" />
    
      <TextView
                   android:id="@+id/textView1"
                   android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                   android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                   android:layout_marginTop="30dp"
                   android:gravity="center_horizontal"
                   android:textSize="25dp"
                   android:text="Customized Check box" />

     
     
      <!--   Customized Checkboxes  -->

   <CheckBox
                   android:id="@+id/checkBoxCustomized1"
                   android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                   android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                   android:text="Checked Checkbox"
                   android:layout_marginTop="20dp"
                   android:checked="true"
                   android:button="@drawable/custom_checkbox_design"
                   android:textSize="20dp" />
     <CheckBox
                   android:id="@+id/checkBoxCustomized1"
                   android:layout_width="fill_parent"
                   android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                   android:text="Unchecked Checkbox"
                   android:layout_marginTop="10dp"
                   android:checked="false"
                   android:button="@drawable/custom_checkbox_design"
                   android:textSize="20dp" />
  

</LinearLayout>



 

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  2. hi there.. where is the definition for checked and unchecked ?

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    1. cheked and unchked are two drawables(images) that we have used for checked and unchecked state.

      I have given those drawables in this post(top).

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  3. can we skin the on press also . in the orginal theme unaltered the on press is working. when we skinned it like what we done here. there is no on press highlight anymore. pls help me add custom on press graphics. .. many thanks

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  4. cheked and unchked are two drawables(images) not given code

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  5. How can i determine size of drawble? just by the size of the drawble? thanks!

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