By Chris Sheldrick

2010-02-16 19:28:16 8 Comments

If anyone has the app GymBuddy, then they will know what I am talking about. They seem to use the stock Number Pad keyboard but have added a "." button in the lower left as well as a bar across the top to switch to alpha characters. Does anyone know how to do this? Do I make a new view like the keyboard and pull it up and have the buttons correspond to the textField for input? I can't seem to find any information on customizing a keyboard or creating your own. Thanks


@Oscar Gomez 2010-02-16 19:33:57

I have done this. Basically you add your own button as a subview of the UIKeyboard like this:

// This function is called each time the keyboard is going to be shown
- (void)keyboardWillShow:(NSNotification *)note {

// Just used to reference windows of our application while we iterate though them
UIWindow* tempWindow;

// Because we cant get access to the UIKeyboard throught the SDK we will just use UIView. 
// UIKeyboard is a subclass of UIView anyways
UIView* keyboard;

// Check each window in our application
for(int c = 0; c < [[[UIApplication sharedApplication] windows] count]; c ++)
    // Get a reference of the current window
    tempWindow = [[[UIApplication sharedApplication] windows] objectAtIndex:c];

    // Loop through all views in the current window
    for(int i = 0; i < [tempWindow.subviews count]; i++)
        // Get a reference to the current view
        keyboard = [tempWindow.subviews objectAtIndex:i];

        // From all the apps i have made, they keyboard view description always starts with <UIKeyboard so I did the following
        if([[keyboard description] hasPrefix:@"<UIKeyboard"] == YES)
            // Only add the Decimal Button if the Keyboard showing is a number pad. (Set Manually through a BOOL)
            if (numberPadShowing && [keyboard viewWithTag:123] == nil) {

                // Set the Button Type.
                dot = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];

                // Position the button - I found these numbers align fine (0, 0 = top left of keyboard)
                dot.frame = CGRectMake(0, 163, 106, 53);
                dot.tag = 123;

                // Add images to our button so that it looks just like a native UI Element.
                [dot setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"dotNormal.png"] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
                [dot setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"dotHighlighted.png"] forState:UIControlStateHighlighted];

                //Add the button to the keyboard
                [keyboard addSubview:dot];

                // When the decimal button is pressed, we send a message to ourself (the AppDelegate) which will then post a notification that will then append a decimal in the UITextField in the Appropriate View Controller.
                [dot addTarget:self action:@selector(sendDecimal:)  forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];

            else if (numberPadShowing && [keyboard viewWithTag:123])
                [keyboard bringSubviewToFront:dot];
            else if (!numberPadShowing)

                for (UIView *v in [keyboard subviews]){
                    if ([v tag]==123)
                        [v removeFromSuperview];

 - (void)sendDecimal:(id)sender {
// The decimal was pressed


Hope that's clear.


@Chris Sheldrick 2010-02-16 19:40:54

Thank you very much, I will try this out when I get home

@Tuyen Nguyen 2011-04-27 23:26:23

Check this post, this could be your answer:

UIKeyboardTypeNumberPad and the missing "return" key

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