soft Android: how to make keyboard enter button say “Search” and handle its click?




keyboard search button android onclick (4)

In xml file, put imeOptions="actionSearch" and inputType="text", maxLines="1":

<EditText
    android:id="@+id/search_box"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:hint="@string/search"
    android:imeOptions="actionSearch"
    android:inputType="text"
    android:maxLines="1" />

I can't figure this out. Some apps have a EditText (textbox) which, when you touch it and it brings up the on-screen keyboard, the keyboard has a "Search" button instead of an enter key.

I want to implement this. How can I implement that Search button and detect press of the Search button?

Edit: found how to implement the Search button; in XML, android:imeOptions="actionSearch" or in Java, EditTextSample.setImeOptions(EditorInfo.IME_ACTION_SEARCH);. But how do I handle the user pressing that Search button? Does it have something to do with android:imeActionId?


Hide keyboard when user clicks search. Addition to Robby Pond answer

private void performSearch() {
    editText.clearFocus();
    InputMethodManager in = (InputMethodManager)getSystemService(Context.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
    in.hideSoftInputFromWindow(searchEditText.getWindowToken(), 0);
    ...perform search
}

In Kotlin

evLoginPassword.setOnEditorActionListener { _, actionId, _ ->
    if (actionId == EditorInfo.IME_ACTION_DONE) {
        doTheLoginWork()
    }
    true
}

Partial Xml Code

 <LinearLayout
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:orientation="vertical">
       <android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"

            android:layout_marginBottom="8dp"
            android:layout_marginTop="8dp"
            android:paddingLeft="24dp"
            android:paddingRight="24dp">

            <EditText
                android:id="@+id/evLoginUserEmail"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:hint="@string/email"
                android:inputType="textEmailAddress"
                android:textColor="@color/black_54_percent" />
        </android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout>

        <android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:layout_marginBottom="8dp"
            android:layout_marginTop="8dp"
            android:paddingLeft="24dp"
            android:paddingRight="24dp">

            <EditText
                android:id="@+id/evLoginPassword"
                android:layout_width="match_parent"
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:hint="@string/password"
                android:inputType="textPassword"
                android:imeOptions="actionDone"
                android:textColor="@color/black_54_percent" />
        </android.support.design.widget.TextInputLayout>
</LinearLayout>

In the layout set your input method options to search.

<EditText
    android:imeOptions="actionSearch" 
    android:inputType="text" />

In the java add the editor action listener.

editText.setOnEditorActionListener(new TextView.OnEditorActionListener() {
    @Override
    public boolean onEditorAction(TextView v, int actionId, KeyEvent event) {
        if (actionId == EditorInfo.IME_ACTION_SEARCH) {
            performSearch();
            return true;
        }
        return false;
    }
});




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