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Goti Bandu

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Posted on    October-13-2014 12:57 AM

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Purpose: I am attempting to toggle the "Save" UIBarButtonItem with the "Hide Keyboard" UIBarButtonItem whenever the Keyboard appears (and then do the opposite when the "Hide Keyboard" button is clicked).

So far I have created two UIBarButtonItems and connected them both to Interface Builder.

@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIBarButtonItem *saveButton;

@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIBarButtonItem *hideKeyButton;

This is the code I have setup so far in my main:

- (void)keyboardDidShow:(NSNotification *)aNotification {

            // Show HideKey Button

            // Hide Save Button



        - (void)keyboardWillHide:(NSNotification *)aNotification {

            // Show Save Button

            // Hide HideKey Button


On Interface Builder, the Save button is present by default. Programatically, how do I show the HideKey button and Hide the Save button? Thanks.

Kamlakar Singh
Kamlakar Singh

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Posted on    October-13-2014 12:59 AM

There are two parts to make this work.

First, you need to register for the notifications, what you can do is, in your viewDidLoad, add the following:

[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self




[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self




Secondly, in your event handlers, simply set the buttons:

            - (void)keyboardDidShow:(NSNotification *)aNotification {

    self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = hideKeyButton;



- (void)keyboardWillHide:(NSNotification *)aNotification {

    self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = saveButton;


Pawan Shukla

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Posted on    October-13-2014 1:01 AM

Instead of using IB for this task, I would do it programmatically.

Something like this:

UIBarButtonItem *saveButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemSave



[self.navigationItem setRightBarButtonItem:saveButton];

And in a similar fashion to create and set the HideKey button.

Then, of course you may want to cache the UIBarButtonItems, setting lazy @properties for them.

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