Scott Scott - 3 months ago 50
iOS Question

Swift - UIButton with two lines of text

I was wondering if it is possible to create a UIButton with two lines of text. I need each line to have a different font size. The first line will be 17 point and the second will be 11 point. I've tried messing with putting two labels inside of a UIButton, but I can't get them to stay inside the bounds of the button.

I'm attempting to do all of this in the ui builder, and not programmatically.

Thanks

Answer

There are two questions.

I was wondering if it is possible to create a UIButton with two lines of text

This is possible through using the storyboard or programmatically.

Storyboard:

Change the 'Line Break Mode' to Character Wrap and use Alt/Option + Enter key to enter a new line in the UIButton's Title field.

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Programmatically:

override func viewDidAppear(animated: Bool) {
        super.viewDidAppear(animated)

        btnTwoLine?.titleLabel?.lineBreakMode = NSLineBreakMode.ByWordWrapping;
}

I need each line to have a different font size 1

The worst case is, you can use a custom UIButton class and add two labels within it.

The better way is, make use of NSMutableAttributedString. Note that,this can be achieved through only programmatically.

@IBOutlet weak var btnTwoLine: UIButton?

override func viewDidAppear(animated: Bool) {
        super.viewDidAppear(animated)

        //applying the line break mode
        btnTwoLine?.titleLabel?.lineBreakMode = NSLineBreakMode.ByWordWrapping;

        var buttonText: NSString = "hello\nthere"

        //getting the range to separate the button title strings
        var newlineRange: NSRange = buttonText.rangeOfString("\n")

        //getting both substrings
        var substring1: NSString = ""
        var substring2: NSString = ""

        if(newlineRange.location != NSNotFound) {
            substring1 = buttonText.substringToIndex(newlineRange.location)
            substring2 = buttonText.substringFromIndex(newlineRange.location)
        }

        //assigning diffrent fonts to both substrings
        let font:UIFont? = UIFont(name: "Arial", size: 17.0)
        let attrString = NSMutableAttributedString(
            string: substring1 as String,
            attributes: NSDictionary(
                object: font!,
                forKey: NSFontAttributeName) as [NSObject : AnyObject])

        let font1:UIFont? = UIFont(name: "Arial", size: 11.0)
        let attrString1 = NSMutableAttributedString(
            string: substring2 as String,
            attributes: NSDictionary(
                object: font1!,
                forKey: NSFontAttributeName) as [NSObject : AnyObject])

        //appending both attributed strings
        attrString.appendAttributedString(attrString1)

        //assigning the resultant attributed strings to the button
        btnTwoLine?.setAttributedTitle(attrString, forState: UIControlState.Normal)

    }

Output

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