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Using the hardware "back" button on Android

This lesson will show you how to handle the user pressing the hardware "back" button on an Android device.

Attached Files

The backKey message

Android devices have a built in "back" button. LiveCode allows you to support the use of this button within your application by sending a backKey message to the current card.

If you do not pass or handle this message the engine will automatically quit.

Sample stack

Sample stack

Our example stack is simply a stack with 3 cards and 2 buttons that allow you to navigate between them. The "next" button goes to the next card and the "previous" button goes to the previous card.

Adding in support for the "back" button

Adding in support for the "back" button

In this stack we want the hardware "back" button to do the same as the "previous" button, unless we are on the first card, in that case we want the application to quit.

All we need to do is add a backKey message to our stack script that checks what card we are on and takes the appropriate action.

on backKey

if the number of this card is 1 then

pass backKey


go to the previous card

end if

end backKey


Will Cate

Some times the previously viewed card isn't necessarily the "previous" card in the stack sequence. To handle that situation, add this code to the card's CloseCard handler:

global actualPrevCardNum
put the number of this cd into actualPrevCardNum

Then, the code of the backKey handler is:

global actualPrevCardNum
go cd actualPrevCardNum

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