Why won't

EventHandler["text", {"MouseClicked" :> (output = Input[];)}]


When I click "text" the kernel hangs.

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    $\begingroup$ can you expand a little more on what you're trying to do? $\endgroup$
    – kale
    Aug 24, 2012 at 15:11
  • $\begingroup$ The real application would be something like, clicking in a graphics object, and saving the coordinates and a label that I input using Input[]... $\endgroup$
    – Peter
    Aug 24, 2012 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ Is that code what you've been using? It contains an error: "MouseClicked" > action should be "MouseClicked" -> action. $\endgroup$
    – rcollyer
    Aug 24, 2012 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ I use "MouseClicked" :> action, I corrected the error $\endgroup$
    – Peter
    Aug 24, 2012 at 15:26
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1 Answer 1


You are facing an issue similar to described here . The problem is Button has option Method -> "Queued" and EventHandler does not have anything similar. Here is a way around it:

DynamicModule[{output = "click to change"}, Button[Dynamic[output], 
  output = InputString["Enter new text", "click to change"], 
  Method -> "Queued", Appearance -> "Frameless"]]

enter image description here

If you just must use EventHandler, then CreateDialog is a work around:

output = "click to change";
EventHandler[ Dynamic[output], {"MouseClicked" :> 
   CreateDialog[{TextCell["Enter new text"], 
     InputField[Dynamic[output], String], 

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ I thought scheduled tasks could help here, but they have the same problem. Might be because scheduled tasks don't need a frontend and Input probably runs in the frontend? $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2012 at 7:08

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