label(n) Tk Built-In Commands label(n)
label - Create and manipulate label widgets
label pathName ?options?
-activebackground -disabledforeground -padx
-activeforeground -font -pady
-anchor -foreground -relief
-background -highlightbackground -takefocus
-bitmap -highlightcolor -text
-borderwidth -highlightthickness -textvariable
-compound -image -underline
-cursor -justify -wraplength
See the options manual entry for details on the standard options.
[-height height] Specifies a desired height for the label. If an image or bitmap is being displayed in the label then the value is in
screen units (i.e. any of the forms acceptable to Tk_GetPixels); for text it is in lines of text. If this option is not specified, the
label's desired height is computed from the size of the image or bitmap or text being displayed in it. [-state state] Specifies one of
three states for the label: normal, active, or disabled. In normal state the button is displayed using the foreground and background
options. In active state the label is displayed using the activeForeground and activeBackground options. In the disabled state the dis-
abledForeground and background options determine how the button is displayed. [-width width] Specifies a desired width for the label. If
an image or bitmap is being displayed in the label then the value is in screen units (i.e. any of the forms acceptable to Tk_GetPixels);
for text it is in characters. If this option is not specified, the label's desired width is computed from the size of the image or bitmap
or text being displayed in it.
The label command creates a new window (given by the pathName argument) and makes it into a label widget. Additional options, described
above, may be specified on the command line or in the option database to configure aspects of the label such as its colors, font, text, and
initial relief. The label command returns its pathName argument. At the time this command is invoked, there must not exist a window named
pathName, but pathName's parent must exist.
A label is a widget that displays a textual string, bitmap or image. If text is displayed, it must all be in a single font, but it can
occupy multiple lines on the screen (if it contains newlines or if wrapping occurs because of the wrapLength option) and one of the charac-
ters may optionally be underlined using the underline option. The label can be manipulated in a few simple ways, such as changing its
relief or text, using the commands described below.
The label command creates a new Tcl command whose name is pathName. This command may be used to invoke various operations on the widget.
It has the following general form:
pathName option ?arg arg ...?
Option and the args determine the exact behavior of the command. The following commands are possible for label widgets:
pathName cget option
Returns the current value of the configuration option given by option. Option may have any of the values accepted by the label com-
pathName configure ?option? ?value option value ...?
Query or modify the configuration options of the widget. If no option is specified, returns a list describing all of the available
options for pathName (see Tk_ConfigureInfo for information on the format of this list). If option is specified with no value, then
the command returns a list describing the one named option (this list will be identical to the corresponding sublist of the value
returned if no option is specified). If one or more option-value pairs are specified, then the command modifies the given widget
option(s) to have the given value(s); in this case the command returns an empty string. Option may have any of the values accepted
by the label command.
When a new label is created, it has no default event bindings: labels are not intended to be interactive.
# Make the widgets
label .t -text "This widget is at the top" -bg red
label .b -text "This widget is at the bottom" -bg green
label .l -text "Left
label .r -text "Right
.mid insert end "This layout is like Java's BorderLayout"
# Lay them out
pack .t -side top -fill x
pack .b -side bottom -fill x
pack .l -side left -fill y
pack .r -side right -fill y
pack .mid -expand 1 -fill both
labelframe(n), button(n), ttk::label(n)
Tk 4.0 label(n)