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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dismissing the iOS Keyboard

So, you want to hide the iOS keyboard when exiting a textfield, huh?

For starters the term you are looking for is "resign first responder". You want your textfield to "resign" from being the "first responder" for input (such as typing) and other events.

This is one of those things that I believe Apple could have handled for you as a built-in convention, but they decided for whatever good reason to make you handle this yourself (as of iOS 7 and prior).

How do you "resign first responder"? Well, I've never seen an implementation of this that I love yet... but most implementations are some twist on overriding the UIView class via a category, and handling taps and other gestures, and the event handler literally iterates over all the child views and asks each textfield to resign as first responder. Yuck, right? Well, this is the state of the art answer I'm afraid.

@implementation UIView (FindAndResignFirstResponder)
- (BOOL)findAndResignFirstResponder
    if (self.isFirstResponder) {
        [self resignFirstResponder];
        return YES;  
    for (UIView *subView in self.subviews) {
        if ([subView findAndResignFirstResponder])
            return YES;
    return NO;

This is a view category... and basically, you'll need to add a gesture recognizer (probably Tap) on all your controllers that have text fields in order to handle this. I happen to use a common base controller class so, all my controllers inherit this behavior by default.

It isn't pretty, but it does the job... until Apple decides to resolve this for you... which, hopefully they will someday.

Works Sited:

UPDATED: much easier

[self.myTextField addTarget:self action:@selector(textFieldFinished:) forControlEvents: UIControlEventEditingDidEndOnExit];

-(void) textFieldFinished:(id) sender
  [sender resignFirstResponder];

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