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Qt Quick should be used for all UI development on mobile devices. The approach described in this article (using C++ for the Qt app UI) is deprecated.

Article Metadata
Code ExampleTested with
Devices(s): 5800 XpressMusic
Platform(s): Qt
Keywords: QLabel, usage
Created: taaidant (04 Jun 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (11 Oct 2012)



This code demonstrates how to display more than one line of text in QLabel without having to use QTextBrowser.

Header file

* Copyright (c) 2009 Nokia Corporation

#include <QtGui/QMainWindow>
#include <QtGui/QFrame>
#include <QtGui/QLabel>
#include <QtGui/QVBoxLayout>
#include <QtCore/QPointer>
#include <QtCore/QString>
class QLabelSnippet : public QMainWindow
QLabelSnippet(QWidget *parent = 0);
QPointer<QLabel> _textContainer;

Source file

* Copyright (c) 2009 Nokia Corporation

#include "qlabelsnippet.h"
QLabelSnippet::QLabelSnippet(QWidget *parent) : QMainWindow(parent) {
/* Label we will be enabling the copy & paste in. */
_textContainer = new QLabel;
/* We'll make it not use only one line. */
/* Contents can be scaled. */
* Adjust to the size of the layout.
* http://doc.trolltech.com/qsizepolicy.html

_textContainer->setSizePolicy(QSizePolicy(QSizePolicy::Minimum, QSizePolicy::Minimum));
/* We'll give it a border so you can see how it grows.*/
_textContainer->setStyleSheet("border: 1px solid black;");
* Enable text selection and link accessing.
* http://doc.trolltech.com/qt.html#TextInteractionFlag-enum

/* Let's align it to the top. */
/* Let's put some lorem ipsum in it. */
QString text = QString("Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur");
text.append("adipiscing elit. Ut a felis mauris. Fusce ");
text.append("odio sapien, rutrum eu tincidunt eu, luctus ");
text.append("vel libero. Praesent viverra tincidunt ipsum, ");
text.append("nec dictum augue scelerisque in. Integer quis ");
text.append("consectetur nisi. Phasellus ac bibendum arcu. ");
text.append("Vivamus elementum cursus ligula, quis volutpat ");
text.append("mi tincidunt quis. Fusce nec dui id tellus tristique ");
text.append("luctus in sit amet erat. In volutpat diam nec libero ");
text.append("scelerisque lobortis. Maecenas dolor quam, egestas at ");
text.append("pretium nec, placerat eget leo. Sed ac ultricies enim. ");
text.append("Nulla eget est tellus. In accumsan felis in tortor ");
text.append("adipiscing eget pretium metus elementum. Ut id eros ");
text.append("lorem. Nam interdum ipsum eu neque bibendum pretium. ");
text.append("Etiam vitae congue massa.");
/* Displaying widgets is so much easier if we use a layout... */
QVBoxLayout* layout = new QVBoxLayout;
/* Let's add the widget to the layout */
/* Now we need a central widget to act as our container */
QFrame* frame = new QFrame(this);
/* And set the layout as the container layout to get it displayed. */
/* Now we set the container as our central widget. */
QLabelSnippet::~QLabelSnippet() {


You are able to use QLabel to contain long textual data, make it selectable, and get it to scale.

Supplementary material

  • You can test QLabelSnippet with a test application. The application is available for download at Media:QLabelSnippet.zip.

See also

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