Tkinter Cheatsheet: Tips and Tricks to Create Your User Interface

Tkinter Cheat Sheet

Tkinter Cheatsheet: Tips and Tricks to Create Your User Interface

Use this Tkinter Cheatsheet as a quick reference for widgets and how to implement them when building the perfect user interface for your application.

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Create well-designed UIs using our Tkinter-related quick reads. Learn how to use Tkinter, Python’s most popular GUI tool to create widgets, and then manipulate and position them.
This cheat sheet provides you with quick tips for:
  • Creating widgets, like check button, progress bar, size grip etc.
  • Positioning widgets using pack(), place() or grid()
  • Replacing button text with images

You can find these instructions in detail here.

If you want to take advantage of the latest version of Tkinter, you’ll need to install a version of Python that supports Tcl/Tk 8.5 or greater. This will provide you with Ttk (the tile extension integrated into Tk), which is required to implement the current Tk widget set.

Warning: If you’re working on a system that comes with Python pre-installed, you may need to upgrade it to at least Python 3.7, which includes everything you need to run Tk out of the box.

Alternatively, you could install the latest version of ActivePython . ActivePython includes a version of the Python core language and hundreds of popular third-party packages (including Tkinter), all pre-compiled and free to use for development purposes.


While these Tkinter tips are a great start, there’s more that we can do to help you speed up your Python projects with ActivePython and the ActiveState Platform.

With ActivePython, we’ve pre-compiled all the hard-to-build packages so you don’t have to waste time on building and configuring them yourself…get started right away!

ActivePython comes bundled with the most popular web development, machine learning, and data science Python packages. Precompiling these packages means you and your team save time on sourcing, patching, building, debugging, and packaging them manually, saving you days of configuration. There’s no need to create and maintain your own build environment–just install ActivePython and you’re ready to go.

With your free Python download, you also gain access to the ActiveState Platform, which can help you automate everything from build engineering to dependency management to security notifications. And like ActivePython, you can use it free for development purposes!

While open source Python distributions may be satisfactory for individual use, they don’t always meet the  support, security, or platform requirements of large organizations. ActiveState has been providing commercial support for Python deployments for more than 20 years, making ActivePython the most trusted Python distribution used by enterprises worldwide.

Download ActivePython Community Edition to get started right away and schedule a demo with our team to learn how you can make better use of ActivePython across your entire organization.

Related Resources:

What is Tkinter used for and how to install this Python Framework?

How to Create a Calculator in Python Tkinter

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