Tkinter / Entry widget problem

Peter Otten __peter__ at
Tue Jul 14 13:45:47 CEST 2009

Andras Szabo wrote:

> Hello. I searched the archives but couldn't find a solution to a
> problem related to the Entry widget in Tkinter.
> When creating a pop-up window in an app, which contains an Entry
> widget, I want this widget to contain some default string, to have all
> this default string selected (as if the user had manually selected
> everything), and to have the focus transferred to this widget.
> (The idea is then that if the window pops up, the user won't have to
> click or press Tab any more before being able to type what is needed
> in the textbox, overwriting what is written there already.)
> I thought this might be the way to go:
> entrybox=Entry(toplevel_parent_window)
> entrybox.insert(0,"Some default string")
> entrybox.select_range(0,END)
> entrybox.focus_set()
> entrybox.pack()
> But it doesn't seem to work - the focus is not transferred to the
> Entry widget, and the text does not appear to be selected (even though
> after this entrybox.selection_present() returns True).
> What am I doing wrong?

Nothing, I would think. Can you post a minimal runnable example?


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