[solved] Does QtDesigner support forms being copied?
I looked for an answer to this question but didn't find one.
I'm using Qt5.3.2 (with QtCreator 3.2.1 with QtDesigner "built in").
I created a form on the mainwindow.ui, but after getting things working I now want to make that form into a new form and have a button on the mainwindow that will open that new form.
I looked for a copy/paste within QtDesigner but didn't find one. Is it there?
I tried the following work around: I copied mainwindow.ui (the XML file) to a new file Frame2.ui, and selected "Add Existing" to add the form to the project.
I then added some code to open and display the form in the main.cpp:
Compiling gave me an error. show() is not a member of Frame2.
I now realize that copying the UI (GUI) form alone did not create a Frame2.cpp, and Frame2.h file which I probably need.
(Q) Does QtDesigner support forms being copied? If so how? If not, are there any work arounds?
(Q) How do you open a newly created form?
The "form" as you call it is just a .ui file that uic parses to generate a c++ code for inclusion in the class that is going to implement the functionality of that ui.
So what you actually want to do is create a new class with uic generated code. Right click on a project, select "Add new" and then in the dialog select Qt section and "Qt Designer Form Class". When you finish with the wizard a new class will be created and added to your project. It will also generate a ui file with empty (if you didn't choose otherwise) widget/dialog.
Having that you can simply select the part of the UI in the mainwindow that you want to move, then cut and paste it into the new class designer.
That was easy. [The sound of the Staples Easy Button being pressed].
That worked perfectly. Thanks for your help.