Positioning icons on a LinkButton control in Flex

The following example shows how you can position the icon and label in a Flex LinkButton control by setting the labelPlacement property to one of the static constant values in the ButtonLabelPlacement class.

Full code after the jump.

View MXML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2008/09/05/positioning-icons-on-a-linkbutton-control-in-flex/ -->
<mx:Application name="LinkButton_labelPlacement_test"
        xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml"
        layout="vertical"
        verticalAlign="middle"
        backgroundColor="white">

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

    <mx:Array id="arr">
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.LEFT}</mx:String>
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.RIGHT}</mx:String>
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.TOP}</mx:String>
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.BOTTOM}</mx:String>
    </mx:Array>

    <mx:ApplicationControlBar dock="true">
        <mx:Form styleName="plain">
            <mx:FormItem label="labelPlacement:">
                <mx:ComboBox id="comboBox"
                        dataProvider="{arr}"
                        selectedIndex="1" />
            </mx:FormItem>
        </mx:Form>
    </mx:ApplicationControlBar>

    <mx:LinkButton id="linkButton"
            label="LinkButton"
            labelPlacement="{comboBox.selectedItem}"
            icon="@Embed('assets/LinkButton.png')" />

</mx:Application>

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You can also set the labelPlacement property using ActionScript, as seen in the following example:

View MXML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2008/09/05/positioning-icons-on-a-linkbutton-control-in-flex/ -->
<mx:Application name="LinkButton_labelPlacement_test"
        xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml"
        layout="vertical"
        verticalAlign="middle"
        backgroundColor="white">

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

            private function comboBox_change(evt:ListEvent):void {
                var value:String = comboBox.selectedItem.toString();
                linkButton.labelPlacement = value;
            }
        ]]>
    </mx:Script>

    <mx:Array id="arr">
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.LEFT}</mx:String>
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.RIGHT}</mx:String>
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.TOP}</mx:String>
        <mx:String>{ButtonLabelPlacement.BOTTOM}</mx:String>
    </mx:Array>

    <mx:ApplicationControlBar dock="true">
        <mx:Form styleName="plain">
            <mx:FormItem label="labelPlacement:">
                <mx:ComboBox id="comboBox"
                        dataProvider="{arr}"
                        selectedIndex="1"
                        change="comboBox_change(event);" />
            </mx:FormItem>
        </mx:Form>
    </mx:ApplicationControlBar>

    <mx:LinkButton id="linkButton"
            label="LinkButton"
            icon="@Embed('assets/LinkButton.png')" />

</mx:Application>

Due to popular demand, here is the “same” example in a more ActionScript friendly format:

View MXML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2008/09/05/positioning-icons-on-a-linkbutton-control-in-flex/ -->
<mx:Application name="LinkButton_labelPlacement_test"
        xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml"
        layout="vertical"
        verticalAlign="middle"
        backgroundColor="white"
        initialize="init();">

    <mx:Script>
        <![CDATA[
            import mx.containers.ApplicationControlBar;
            import mx.containers.Form;
            import mx.containers.FormItem;
            import mx.controls.ButtonLabelPlacement;
            import mx.controls.ComboBox;
            import mx.controls.LinkButton;
            import mx.events.ListEvent;

            [Embed("assets/LinkButton.png")]
            private const linkButtonIcon:Class;

            private var arr:Array;

            private var comboBox:ComboBox;
            private var linkButton:LinkButton;

            private function init():void {
                arr = [];
                arr.push(ButtonLabelPlacement.LEFT);
                arr.push(ButtonLabelPlacement.RIGHT);
                arr.push(ButtonLabelPlacement.TOP);
                arr.push(ButtonLabelPlacement.BOTTOM);

                comboBox = new ComboBox();
                comboBox.dataProvider = arr;
                comboBox.selectedIndex = 1;
                comboBox.addEventListener(ListEvent.CHANGE,
                            comboBox_change);

                var formItem:FormItem = new FormItem();
                formItem.label = "labelPlacement:";
                formItem.addChild(comboBox);

                var form:Form = new Form();
                form.styleName = "plain";
                form.addChild(formItem);

                var appControlBar:ApplicationControlBar;
                appControlBar = new ApplicationControlBar();
                appControlBar.dock = true;
                appControlBar.addChild(form);
                addChildAt(appControlBar, 0);

                linkButton = new LinkButton();
                linkButton.label = "LinkButton";
                linkButton.setStyle("icon", linkButtonIcon);
                addChild(linkButton);
            }

            private function comboBox_change(evt:ListEvent):void {
                var value:String = comboBox.selectedItem.toString();
                linkButton.labelPlacement = value;
            }
        ]]>
    </mx:Script>

</mx:Application>

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