Ricket Ricket - 2 months ago 18
Android Question

Android: how to make keyboard enter button say "Search" and handle its click?

I can't figure this out. Some apps have a EditText (textbox) which, when you touch it and it brings up the on-screen keyboard, the keyboard has a "Search" button instead of an enter key.

I want to implement this. How can I implement that Search button and detect press of the Search button?

Edit: found how to implement the Search button; in XML,

or in Java,
. But how do I handle the user pressing that Search button? Does it have something to do with


In the layout set your input method options to search.

<EditText android:imeOptions="actionSearch" 

In the java add the editor action listener.

editText.setOnEditorActionListener(new TextView.OnEditorActionListener() {
    public boolean onEditorAction(TextView v, int actionId, KeyEvent event) {
        if (actionId == EditorInfo.IME_ACTION_SEARCH) {
            return true;
        return false;