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Practical Programming in Tcl & Tk, Third Edition by Brent B. Welch

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Resizing and -expand

The -expand true packing option lets a widget expand its packing space into unclaimed space in the packing cavity. Example 23-6 could use this on the small frame on top to get it to expand across the top of the display, even though it is packed to the right side. The more common case occurs when you have a resizable window. When the user makes the window larger, the widgets have to be told to take advantage of the extra space. Suppose you have a main widget like a text, listbox, or canvas that is in a frame with a scrollbar. That frame has to be told to expand into the extra space in its parent (e.g., the main window) and then the main widget (e.g., the canvas) has to be told to expand into its parent frame. Example 22-1 ...

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