Tattat Tattat - 4 months ago 63
iOS Question

How to set iPhone UI View z index?

I want to move one view on top of another, how can I know the z index of the view, and how to move on to top? Thank you.

Answer

UIView siblings are stacked in the order in which they are added to their superview. The UIView hierarchy methods and properties are there to manage view order. In UIView.h:

@property(nonatomic,readonly) UIView *superview;
@property(nonatomic,readonly,copy) NSArray *subviews;

- (void)removeFromSuperview;
- (void)insertSubview:(UIView *)view atIndex:(NSInteger)index;
- (void)exchangeSubviewAtIndex:(NSInteger)index1 withSubviewAtIndex:(NSInteger)index2;

- (void)addSubview:(UIView *)view;
- (void)insertSubview:(UIView *)view belowSubview:(UIView *)siblingSubview;
- (void)insertSubview:(UIView *)view aboveSubview:(UIView *)siblingSubview;

- (void)bringSubviewToFront:(UIView *)view;
- (void)sendSubviewToBack:(UIView *)view;

The sibling views are ordered back to front in the subviews array. So the topmost view will be:

[parentView.subviews lastObject];

and bottom view will be:

[parentView.subviews objectAtIndex:0];

Like Kolin Krewinkel said, [parentView bringSubviewToFront:view] will bring the view to the top, but this is only the case if the views are all siblings in the hierarchy.

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