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The standard widgets are widgets built into the widgets library. While you can gain access to the widget function that drives them, you generally use them by calling XPCreateWidget and then listening for special messages, etc.

The standard widgets often send mesages to themselves when the user performs an event; these messages are sent up the widget hierarchy until they are handled. So you can add a widget proc directly to a push button (for example) to intercept the message when it is clicked, or you can put one widget proc on a window for all of the push buttons in the window. Most of these messages contain the original widget ID as a parameter so you can know which widget is messaging no matter who it is sent to.


The main window widget class provides a "window" as the user knows it. These windows are dragable and can be selected. Use them to create floating windows and non-modal dialogs.


#define xpWidgetClass_MainWindow 1

Main Window Type Values

These type values are used to control the appearance of a main window.

xpMainWindowStyle_MainWindow0 The standard main window; pin stripes on XP7, metal frame on XP 6.
xpMainWindowStyle_Translucent1 A translucent dark gray window, like the one ATC messages appear in.

Main Window Properties

xpProperty_MainWindowType1100 This property specifies the type of window. Set to one of the main window types above.
xpProperty_MainWindowHasCloseBoxes1200 This property specifies whether the main window has close boxes in its corners.

MainWindow Messages

xpMessage_CloseButtonPushed1200 This message is sent when the close buttons are pressed for your window.


X-plane dialogs are divided into separate areas; the sub window widgets allow you to make these areas. Create one main window and place several subwindows inside it. Then place your controls inside the subwindows.


#define xpWidgetClass_SubWindow 2

SubWindow Type Values

These values control the appearance of the subwindow.

xpSubWindowStyle_SubWindow0 A panel that sits inside a main window.
xpSubWindowStyle_Screen2 A screen that sits inside a panel for showing text information.
xpSubWindowStyle_ListView3 A list view for scrolling lists.

SubWindow Properties

xpProperty_SubWindowType1200 This property specifies the type of window. Set to one of the subwindow types above.


The button class provides a number of different button styles and behaviors, including push buttons, radio buttons, check boxes, etc. The button label appears on or next to the button depending on the button's appearance, or type.

The button's behavior is a separate property that dictates who it hilights and what kinds of messages it sends. Since behavior and type are different, you can do strange things like make check boxes that act as push buttons or push buttons with radio button behavior.

In X-Plane 6 there were no check box graphics. The result is the following behavior: in x-plane 6 all check box and radio buttons are round (radio-button style) buttons; in X-Plane 7 they are all square (check-box style) buttons. In a future version of x-plane, the xpButtonBehavior enums will provide the correct graphic (check box or radio button) giving the expected result.


#define xpWidgetClass_Button 3

Button Types

These define the visual appearance of buttons but not how they respond to the mouse.

xpPushButton0 This is a standard push button, like an "OK" or "Cancel" button in a dialog box.
xpRadioButton1 A check box or radio button. Use this and the button behaviors below to get the desired behavior.
xpWindowCloseBox3 A window close box.
xpLittleDownArrow5 A small down arrow.
xpLittleUpArrow6 A small up arrow.

Button Behavior Values

These define how the button responds to mouse clicks.

xpButtonBehaviorPushButton0 Standard push button behavior. The button hilites while the mouse is clicked over it and unhilites when the mouse is moved outside of it or released. If the mouse is released over the button, the xpMsg_PushButtonPressed message is sent.
xpButtonBehaviorCheckBox1 Check box behavior. The button immediately toggles its value when the mouse is clicked and sends out a xpMsg_ButtonStateChanged message.
xpButtonBehaviorRadioButton2 Radio button behavior. The button immediately sets its state to one and sends out a xpMsg_ButtonStateChanged message if it was not already set to one. You must turn off other radio buttons in a group in your code.

Button Properties

xpProperty_ButtonType1300 This property sets the visual type of button. Use one of the button types above.
xpProperty_ButtonBehavior1301 This property sets the button's behavior. Use one of the button behaviors above.
xpProperty_ButtonState1302 This property tells whether a check box or radio button is "checked" or not. Not used for push buttons.

Button Messages

These messages are sent by the button to itself and then up the widget chain when the button is clicked. (You may intercept them by providing a widget handler for the button itself or by providing a handler in a parent widget.)

xpMsg_PushButtonPressed1300 This message is sent when the user completes a click and release in a button with push button behavior. Parameter one of the message is the widget ID of the button. This message is dispatched up the widget hierarchy.
xpMsg_ButtonStateChanged1301 This message is sent when a button is clicked that has radio button or check box behavior and its value changes. (Note that if the value changes by setting a property you do not receive this message!) Parameter one is the widget ID of the button, parameter 2 is the new state value, either zero or one. This message is dispatched up the widget hierarchy.


The text field widget provides an editable text field including mouse selection and keyboard navigation. The contents of the text field are its descriptor. (The descriptor changes as the user types.)

The text field can have a number of types, that effect the visual layout of the text field. The text field sends messages to itself so you may control its behavior.

If you need to filter keystrokes, add a new handler and intercept the key press message. Since key presses are passed by pointer, you can modify the keystroke and pass it through to the text field widget.

WARNING: in x-plane before 7.10 (including 6.70) null characters could crash x-plane. To prevent this, wrap this object with a filter function (more instructions can be found on the SDK website).


#define xpWidgetClass_TextField 4

Text Field Type Values

These control the look of the text field.

xpTextEntryField0 A field for text entry.
xpTextTransparent3 A transparent text field. The user can type and the text is drawn, but no background is drawn. You can draw your own background by adding a widget handler and prehandling the draw message.
xpTextTranslucent4 A translucent edit field, dark gray.

Text Field Properties

xpProperty_EditFieldSelStart1400 This is the character position the selection starts at, zero based. If it is the same as the end insertion point, the insertion point is not a selection.
xpProperty_EditFieldSelEnd1401 This is the character position of the end of the selection.
xpProperty_EditFieldSelDragStart1402 This is the character position a drag was started at if the user is dragging to select text, or -1 if a drag is not in progress.
xpProperty_TextFieldType1403 This is the type of text field to display, from the above list.
xpProperty_PasswordMode1404 Set this property to 1 to password protect the field. Characters will be drawn as *s even though the descriptor will contain plain-text.
xpProperty_MaxCharacters1405 The max number of characters you can enter, if limited. Zero means unlimited.
xpProperty_ScrollPosition1406 The first visible character on the left. This effectively scrolls the text field.
xpProperty_Font1407 The font to draw the field's text with. (An XPLMFontID.)
xpProperty_ActiveEditSide1408 This is the active side of the insert selection. (Internal)

Text Field Messages


Text Field Messages

The text field sends this message to itself when its text changes. It sends the message up the call chain; param1 is the text field's widget ID.


A standard scroll bar or slider control. The scroll bar has a minimum, maximum and current value that is updated when the user drags it. The scroll bar sends continuous messages as it is dragged.


#define xpWidgetClass_ScrollBar 5

Scroll Bar Type Values

This defines how the scroll bar looks.


Scroll bar types.

A standard x-plane scroll bar (with arrows on the ends).

xpScrollBarTypeSlider1 A slider, no arrows.

Scroll Bar Properties

xpProperty_ScrollBarSliderPosition1500 The current position of the thumb (in between the min and max, inclusive)
xpProperty_ScrollBarMin1501 The value the scroll bar has when the thumb is in the lowest position.
xpProperty_ScrollBarMax1502 The value the scroll bar has when the thumb is in the highest position.
xpProperty_ScrollBarPageAmount1503 How many units to moev the scroll bar when clicking next to the thumb. The scroll bar always moves one unit when the arrows are clicked.
xpProperty_ScrollBarType1504 The type of scrollbar from the enums above.
xpProperty_ScrollBarSlop1505 Used internally.

Scroll Bar Messages

xpMsg_ScrollBarSliderPositionChanged1500 The Scroll Bar sends this message when the slider position changes. It sends the message up the call chain; param1 is the Scroll Bar widget ID.


This widget implements a progress indicator as seen when x-plane starts up.


#define xpWidgetClass_Progress 8

Progress Indicator Properties

xpProperty_ProgressPosition1800 This is the current value of the progress indicator.
xpProperty_ProgressMin1801 This is the minimum value, equivalent to 0% filled.
xpProperty_ProgressMax1802 This is the maximum value, equivalent to 100% filled.