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What happens when the Open or Save dialog is cancelled within the pythonaddins module?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


The cancel operation returns the 'NoneType' object (None). This is similar to the boolean objects of True and False.
In addition to the dialog function, there is the MessageBox function which has a variety of button options based upon its defined type. This function returns a string value representing the message button pressed (i.e., 'Cancel', 'Ignore', 'Continue').

An 'if' clause can be used to determine the next steps within the Python code after a button is clicked. For example:

import arcpy
import pythonaddins

class Open(object):
"""Implementation for Dialog_addin.OpenButton (Button)"""
def __init__(self):
self.enabled = True
self.checked = False
def onClick(self):
#Define the map document and data frame
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument("CURRENT")
df = arcpy.mapping.ListDataFrames(mxd,"*")[0]

#Call the open dialog
openValue = pythonaddins.OpenDialog("Open Dialog", False, r"C:\temp", "Open")
#Make sure dialog was not canceled.
if openValue != None:
#Create the layer
rasterLayer = arcpy.mapping.Layer(openValue)
#Add the layer to the map document
arcpy.mapping.AddLayer(df, rasterLayer,"TOP")
# Refresh map document
del mxd, df, openValue
pythonaddins.MessageBox("No data will be added to the map document.", "Warning Message", 0)
del mxd, df, openValue

Article ID:000011626

  • ArcMap

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