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android – how to detect if actionmode already present

Posted by: admin June 16, 2020 Leave a comment


I have several widgets in a view, each needing its own ActionMode. I see that the ActionMode does not dismiss automatically when the user taps outside the action bar. Thus, it is easily possible for the user to start an ActionMode for one control, then tap (longclick in my case) another control and stack a second ActionBar on top of the first. This causes programming logic havoc.

I can keep track of the current ActionMode with an activity-level member variable and dismiss the current one if a new one is needed. Howewver, this is making my code messy to read and maintain. And further, I’d prefer to dismiss it immediately when the user taps anything outside the action bar.

Any suggestions on a good way to handle this?

How to&Answers:

I was looking for a solution of this problem some time ago and as I know you couldn’t track it without saving current action-mode state in a global variable. However I don’t think that one variable with proper name would make your code messy.