Changing the label placement for a Flex ButtonBar control

The following example shows how you can change the button’s label placement relative to its icon in a ButtonBar control in Flex by using the getChildAt() method and labelPlacement property.

Full code after the jump.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2008/01/08/changing-the-label-placement-for-a-flex-buttonbar-control/ -->
<mx:Application xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml"
        layout="vertical"
        verticalAlign="middle"
        backgroundColor="white">

    <mx:Script>
        <![CDATA[
            import mx.controls.Button;
            import mx.controls.ButtonLabelPlacement;

            [Bindable]
            [Embed("assets/arrow_down.png")]
            private var arrowDown:Class;

            [Bindable]
            [Embed("assets/arrow_left.png")]
            private var arrowLeft:Class;

            [Bindable]
            [Embed("assets/arrow_right.png")]
            private var arrowRight:Class;

            [Bindable]
            [Embed("assets/arrow_up.png")]
            private var arrowUp:Class;

            private function init():void {
                var idx:uint;
                var len:uint = buttonBar.numChildren;
                var btn:Button;
                /* Loop over each button. */
                for (idx = 0; idx < len; idx++) {
                    /* Get reference to current Button. */
                    btn = buttonBar.getChildAt(idx) as Button;
                    /* Set labelPlacement property to current item in
                       arr Array object. */
                    btn.labelPlacement = arr[idx].label;
                }
            }
        ]]>
    </mx:Script>

    <mx:Array id="arr">
        <mx:Object label="left" img="{arrowLeft}" />
        <mx:Object label="right" img="{arrowRight}" />
        <mx:Object label="top" img="{arrowUp}" />
        <mx:Object label="bottom" img="{arrowDown}" />
    </mx:Array>

    <mx:ButtonBar id="buttonBar"
            dataProvider="{arr}"
            iconField="img"
            buttonHeight="64"
            width="500"
            creationComplete="init();" />

</mx:Application>

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3 thoughts on “Changing the label placement for a Flex ButtonBar control

  1. Thank you very much. I was searching for such thing. Tried to set it using CSS but it didn’t work. This works perfectly. Grate code..

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