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Implement IME Action Buttons in Soft Keyboard in Android using Jetpack Compose

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In Android, IME (Input Method Action) Action Button is a key on the Soft Keyboard that represents different actions that can be displayed. In the below image, we have located the IME Action Buttons of two different types.

IME (Input Method Action) Action Button

In the below image, you can see the different types of actions that can be displayed in the IME Action Button on the Soft Keyboard.

So in this article, we will show you how you could implement IME Action Buttons in Soft Keyboard in Android using Jetpack Compose. Follow the below steps once the IDE is ready.

Step by Step Implementation

Step 1: Create a New Project in Android Studio

To create a new project in Android Studio please refer to How to Create/Start a New Project in Android Studio. While choosing the template, select Empty Compose Activity. If you do not find this template, try upgrading the Android Studio to the latest version. We demonstrated the application in Kotlin, so make sure you select Kotlin as the primary language while creating a New Project.

Step 2: Working with the MainActivity.kt file

Go to the MainActivity.kt file and refer to the following code. Below is the code for the MainActivity.kt file. Comments are added inside the code to understand the code in more detail.


package com.geeksforgeeks.jcimeactions
import android.os.Bundle
import androidx.activity.ComponentActivity
import androidx.activity.compose.setContent
import androidx.compose.material.*
import androidx.compose.runtime.*
import androidx.compose.runtime.saveable.rememberSaveable
import androidx.compose.ui.Alignment
import androidx.compose.ui.Modifier
import androidx.compose.ui.text.input.ImeAction
import androidx.compose.ui.tooling.preview.Preview
import com.geeksforgeeks.jcimeactions.ui.theme.JCImeActionsTheme
class MainActivity : ComponentActivity() {
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        setContent {
            // Calling the composable function to
            // display element and its contents
// Creating a composable 
// function to display Top Bar
fun MainContent() {
        topBar = { TopAppBar(title = { Text("GFG | IME Actions", color = Color.White) }, backgroundColor = Color(0xff0f9d58)) },
        content = { MyContent() }
// Creating a composable function
// to create a TextField
// Calling this function as content
// in the above function
fun MyContent(){
    // declaring a string variable to 
    // store the TextField input value
    var mInput by remember { mutableStateOf("") }
    Column(Modifier.fillMaxSize(), horizontalAlignment = Alignment.CenterHorizontally, verticalArrangement = Arrangement.Center) {
        // Creating a textField
        // setting keyboard options 
        // IME action as Done
            value = mInput,
            onValueChange = { mInput = it },
            label = { Text("Enter Input") },
            keyboardOptions = KeyboardOptions(imeAction = ImeAction.Done)
// For displaying preview in the 
// Android Studio IDE emulator
@Preview(showBackground = true)
fun DefaultPreview() {


You can see that we are able to change the IME Action Button on the soft-keyboard to Done.


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Last Updated : 30 Mar, 2022
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