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PyQt5 QCalendarWidget – Setting Key Press Event

  • Last Updated : 12 Jun, 2020

In this article we will see how we can implement the key press event for the QCalendarWidget. In order to set the key press event we have to override the keyPressEvent method, by overriding the key press event we can add functions to the calendar whenever the key is pressed.

Implementation steps:
1. Create a main window
2. Create a QCalendarWidget
3. Set various properties to the calendar
4. Override the keyPressEvent
5. Inside the override method check if the escape key pressed then show the today in calendar

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Below is the implementation

# importing libraries
from PyQt5.QtWidgets import * 
from PyQt5 import QtCore, QtGui
from PyQt5.QtGui import * 
from PyQt5.QtCore import * 
import sys
class Window(QMainWindow):
    def __init__(self):
        # setting title
        self.setWindowTitle("Python ")
        # setting geometry
        self.setGeometry(100, 100, 650, 400)
        # calling method
        # showing all the widgets
    # method for components
    def UiComponents(self):
        # creating a QCalendarWidget object
        self.calendar = QCalendarWidget(self)
        # setting geometry to the calender
        self.calendar.setGeometry(50, 10, 400, 250)
        # setting cursor
    # overriding key press event
    def keyPressEvent(self, e):
        # when escape key is pressed
        if e.key() == Qt.Key_Escape:
            # show the present date
            print("Calendar Show Today")
# create pyqt5 app
App = QApplication(sys.argv)
# create the instance of our Window
window = Window()
# start the app

Output :

Calendar Show Today
Calendar Show Today
Calendar Show Today
Calendar Show Today

Whenever the escape key is pressed it shows the today(present date page)

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