Counting Clicks for Qt Widgets

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How to find the Number of Clicks received for Qt Widgets using QSettings, re-implementing eventFilter() method

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How to Use QSettings

QSettings Overview

QSettings class provides Persistent and platform-independent application settings. QSettings allows to save and load the previously stored settings(Values) in the form of INI text files, system registry on Windows, and in XML preferences files on Mac OS X.

QSettings's values are stored as QVariant, allowing to save different types, such as QString, QRect, and QImage, with the minimum of effort.

QSettings Object Declaration, Initialization and Construction

QSettings *settings;
Countclicks::Countclicks() : QObject(),settings(NULL)
settings = new QSettings("clickscount.ini",QSettings::IniFormat);

the above three individual steps will construct a QSettings object for accessing the settings stored in the file called clickscount.ini,with the INI file format.

QSettings Class functions used in this example

  • beginGroup(const QString & prefix )
  • setValue ( const QString & key, const QVariant & value )
  • value ( const QString & key, const QVariant & defaultValue = QVariant() ) const
  • endGroup ()


The following example shows how to create a class that handles the events if this class object has been installed as an event filter for the watched object.

CountClicks class is inherited from the QObject class.The protected boolean function is re-implemented.

bool eventFilter ( QObject * watched, QEvent * event ) [virtual]

In the current implementation of this class the event QEvent::MouseButtonPress which includes Qt::LeftButton,Qt::RightButton,Qt::MiddleButton is filtered and handled,so true is returned to stop it being handled furthermore, and all the unhandled events are passed to the base class's eventFilter(QObject watched, QEvent * event)* function.


#include <QObject>
#include <QSettings>

class CountClicks : public QObject


 bool eventFilter(QObject *objectName, QEvent *event);

//QSettings Object declaration
 QSettings *settings;


#include <QMouseEvent>
#include <QApplication>

#include "countclicks.h"

CountClicks::CountClicks() : QObject(),settings(NULL)


bool CountClicks::eventFilter(QObject *object, QEvent  *event)
 static int value = 0;

//Constructs a QSettings object for accessing the settings stored in the file called "clickscount", If the file doesn't already exist, it is created with the mentioned file format.Here it is INI text file format.
if (!settings)
 settings = new QSettings("clickscount.ini",QSettings::IniFormat, this);

if (event->type() == QEvent::MouseButtonPress)
 //Groups are useful to avoid typing in the same setting paths over and over.The current settings are stored with the prefix "countclicks" in the clickscount file.

//Returns the value for the given setting key. If the setting doesn't exist, defaultValue is returned.
int value = settings->value(object->objectName()).toInt();

value = ++value;

//Sets the value of setting key to value. If the key already exists, the previous value is overwritten.

//Resets the group to what it was before the corresponding beginGroup() call.If many settings are meant to be saved and restored with the same prefix, then prefixes beginGroup() and endGroup() are used.

// true is returned to stop it being handled furthermore by parent class.
return true;

 // all the unhandled events are passed to the base class's eventFilter(QObject * , QEvent * ) function
 return QObject::eventFilter(object,event);

Usage of CountClicks EventFilter Class

include the countclicks.h

 #include "countclicks.h"

Construct the object of CountClicks class.

CountClicks *cc = new CountClicks;

Filters MouseButtonPress events,and writes them to settings file if this object has been installed as an event filter for desired Qt widget like pushButton in any UserInterface.

Not only MouseButtonPress events are filtered and numbered,but also events like QEvent::HoverEnter,QEvent::KeyPress can also be filtered.

In the below step all events that are sent to pushButton object are filtered and only MouseButtonPress events are counted and stored for the next session by installing the event filter CountClicks class object cc on pushButton.

For example:

QPushButton *pushButton = new QPushButton(this);