Selection Controls 2: The spinner Control

Public on April 6, 2010
The spinner controls is similar to the ComboBox in C#. it displays a list to select from in a popup window so ot may become a better choice over ListView if you want to save space.

It works in a similar way to that of the the listView
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""

when you click on the spinner it popups like this:
To handle the selected item you can use do it like this:
final String [] items=new String[]{"Item1","Item2","Item3","Item4"};
ArrayAdapter ad=new ArrayAdapter(this,android.R.layout.simple_spinner_item,items);
Spinner spin=(Spinner)findViewById(;
spin.setOnItemSelectedListener(new OnItemSelectedListener()

public void onItemSelected(AdapterView arg0, View arg1,
int arg2, long arg3) {
TextView txt=(TextView)findViewById(;
TextView temp=(TextView)arg1;


public void onNothingSelected(AdapterView arg0) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub



The above code displays the selected item text in the textview.

The parameters of the OnItemClick method are:

Arg0:the Spinner, notice that it is of type AdapterView.

Arg1: the view that represents the selected item, in this example it will be a TextView

Arg2: the position of the selected item.

Arg3: the id of the selected item.

and that's it for the Spinner Control.

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