A Expander allows the user to hide or show its child by clicking on an expander triangle similar to the triangles used in a TreeView.
Normally you use an expander as you would use any other descendant of Bin; you create the child widget and use add to add it to the expander. When the expander is toggled, it will take care of showing and hiding the child automatically.
There are situations in which you may prefer to show and hide the expanded widget yourself, such as when you want to actually create the widget at expansion time. In this case, create a Expander but do not add a child to it. The expander widget has an expanded property which can be used to monitor its expansion state. You should watch this property with a signal connection as follows:
expander_callback (GObject *object,
expander = GTK_EXPANDER (object);
if (gtk_expander_get_expanded (expander))
// Show or create widgets
// Hide or destroy widgets
GtkWidget *expander = gtk_expander_new_with_mnemonic ("_More Options");
g_signal_connect (expander, "notify::expanded",
G_CALLBACK (expander_callback), NULL);
GtkExpander as GtkBuildable
The GtkExpander implementation of the GtkBuildable interface supports placing a child in the label position by specifying “label” as the “type” attribute of a <child> element. A normal content child can be specified without specifying a <child> type attribute.
An example of a UI definition fragment with GtkExpander:
<object class="GtkLabel" id="expander-label"/>
<object class="GtkEntry" id="expander-content"/>
nodes, the main node with the name expander, a subnode with name title and node below it with name arrow. The arrow of an expander that is showing its child gets the
│ ├── arrow
│ ╰── <label widget>
GtkExpander:checkedpseudoclass added to it.