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How to change item editable / not-editable in QAbstractItemModel?

  • Hi,

    We want to make our table columns editable or not-editable with user input. Therefore, we write a function to do that.

    • Qt Version : 5.9.7
    • We are allowed to use only QAbstractItemModel.
    • this pointer is QTableView

    The function code block is below.

    void setColumnEditable(const int &column, const bool is_editable) const
        QAbstractItemModel *p_model = this->model();
        if(Q_NULLPTR == p_model)
        if(0 <= column)
            for(int row = 0; row < p_model->rowCount(); ++row)
                qDebug() << "is editable ?" << is_editable << p_model->flags(p_model->index(row,column)); 

    qDebug result:

    is editable ? true QFlags<Qt::ItemFlags>(ItemIsSelectable|ItemIsDragEnabled|ItemIsDropEnabled|ItemIsEnabled) 

    However, ItemIsEditable does not set.

    How can we change the ItemFlags?

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    You are changing the value of the temporary object returned by the flags method.

    What model are you currently use ?

  • @Oktay-K said in How to change item editable / not-editable in QAbstractItemModel?:

 shows Qt::ItemFlags QAbstractItemModel::flags(const QModelIndex &index) const is const, and the flags it returns is just a copied value. Calling setFlag() on that does nothing to the model.

    I think you have to implement a yourModelItem.setFlags(), storing the value into the data. For example might be implemented via:

    void QStandardItem::setFlags(Qt::ItemFlags flags)
        setData((int)flags, Qt::UserRole - 1);

    Or, if you want every item to be editable, or certain columns to be editable, without having to selectively store that against individual items, you might subclass QAbstractItemModel and override its virtual flags() to return flags plus OR-in Qt::ItemIsEditable where appropriate, but I'm not sure that is what you want if you wish the user to be able to affect it.

  • @SGaist

    We are currently using QStandardItemModel . However, we can use any model available thats why we need to change it to the QAbstractItemModel.

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    Then retrieve the item matching the index and set the new flags on it.

    The method is:

    • retrieve the flags from the item
    • change them
    • set the changed flags on the item

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