How to hide, recover and delete Tkinter widgets

In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to hide, recover the Tkinter widgets, by clicking a button. Eventually, we will also show you how to delete or kill existing Tkinter widgets.

Hide and Recover Tkinter Widgets

pack_forget() method to hide Tkinter Widgets

In contrast to pack method in Tkinter widgets, we could hide the Tkinter widgets by calling pack_forget() method to make the widgets invisible.

try:
    import Tkinter as tk
except:
    import tkinter as tk
    

class Test():
   def __init__(self):
       self.root = tk.Tk()
       self.label=tk.Label(self.root,
                           text = "Label")
       self.buttonForget = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to hide Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.pack_forget())
       self.buttonRecover = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to show Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.pack())       
       
       self.buttonForget.pack()
       self.buttonRecover.pack()
       self.label.pack(side="bottom")
       self.root.mainloop()

   def quit(self):
       self.root.destroy()
        
app = Test()

Tkinter hide and recover widgets by clicking a button

self.buttonForget = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to hide Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.pack_forget())

pack_forget() is bind to the command of the button buttonForget.

It will hide the label widget after clicking the button, but the label itself still exists but becomes invisible.

We need to call the pack() method again to pack the widget to make it visible, or in other words, to recover it.

grid_forget() Method to Hide Tkinter Widgets if grid Layout is Used

If the widgets are placed with the grid layout manager, we should use grid_forget() method to make the Tkinter widgets invisible.

try:
    import Tkinter as tk
except:
    import tkinter as tk
    

class Test():
   def __init__(self):
       self.root = tk.Tk()
       self.label=tk.Label(self.root,
                           text = "Label")
       self.buttonForget = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to hide Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.grid_forget())
       self.buttonRecover = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to show Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.grid())       
       
       self.buttonForget.grid(column=0, row=0, padx=10, pady=10)
       self.buttonRecover.grid(column=0, row=1, padx=10,  pady=10)
       self.label.grid(column=0, row=2, padx=10, pady=10)
       self.root.mainloop()

   def quit(self):
       self.root.destroy()
        
app = Test()

Tkinter hide and recover widgets with grid_forget method by clicking a button

self.buttonForget = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to hide Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.grid_forget())

Here, we bind the grid_forget method to the command of the button.

You could notice that the position of the label is not the same before it is hidden after you call grid method again.

If we intend to restore the label to its original position, grid_remove method shall be the right option.

grid_remove() Method to Hide Tkinter Widgets if grid Layout is Used

grid_remove() hides the widget but remembers the grid options like column and row.

try:
    import Tkinter as tk
except:
    import tkinter as tk
    

class Test():
   def __init__(self):
       self.root = tk.Tk()
       self.label=tk.Label(self.root,
                           text = "Label")
       self.buttonForget = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to hide Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.grid_remove())
       self.buttonRecover = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to show Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.grid())       
       
       self.buttonForget.grid(column=0, row=0, padx=10, pady=10)
       self.buttonRecover.grid(column=0, row=1, padx=10,  pady=10)
       self.label.grid(column=0, row=2, padx=10, pady=20)
       self.root.mainloop()

   def quit(self):
       self.root.destroy()
        
app = Test()

Tkinter hide and recover widgets with grid_remove method by clicking a button

Delete Tkinter Widgets Permanently by Clicking a Button

We will show how to delete Tkinter widgets permanently by calling the destroy method in this section.

try:
    import Tkinter as tk
except:
    import tkinter as tk
    

class Test():
   def __init__(self):
       self.root = tk.Tk()
       self.label=tk.Label(self.root,
                           text = "Label")
       self.buttonForget = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to hide Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.destroy())
       self.buttonRecover = tk.Button(self.root,
                          text = 'Click to show Label',
                          command=lambda: self.label.pack())       
       
       self.buttonForget.pack()
       self.buttonRecover.pack()
       self.label.pack(side="bottom")
       self.root.mainloop()

   def quit(self):
       self.root.destroy()
        
app = Test()

Tkinter delete widgets with destroy method by clicking a button

The button is deleted after clicking the button.

You could try to click the button buttonRecover but will get the _tkinter.TclError error notification as below,

Exception in Tkinter callback
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "D:\WinPython\WPy-3661\python-3.6.6.amd64\lib\tkinter\__init__.py", line 1702, in __call__
    return self.func(*args)
  File "C:\Users\jinku\OneDrive\Bureaublad\test.py", line 17, in <lambda>
    command=lambda: self.label.pack())
  File "D:\WinPython\WPy-3661\python-3.6.6.amd64\lib\tkinter\__init__.py", line 2140, in pack_configure
    + self._options(cnf, kw))
_tkinter.TclError: bad window path name ".!label"

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