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Creates child display of given display and loads from "resourceName". The notable difference between createDisplay and createDialog is that with createDisplay the player would be able to move around while the display is shown.
Displays created with createDisplay or createDialog will take control of the mouse pointer and will close when user presses Esc.
Arma 3
Since Arma 3 v1.50 createDisplay returns Display and will first look in description.ext for resourceName config, if not found, it will then look in main config.
If an overlay is needed instead, use cutRsc.
GUI Control


parent createDisplay resourceName
parent: Display
resourceName: String - custom display class defined in description.ext or existing display class from main config
Return Value:
Display (since Arma 3 logo black.png1.50, Nothing before)


Example 1:
findDisplay 46 createDisplay "RscCredits";
Example 2:
// creates an empty display private _emptyDisplay = findDisplay 46 createDisplay "RscDisplayEmpty";

Additional Information

See also:
closeDisplay createDialog displayCtrl dialog displayNull controlNull ctrlCreate displayParent


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MrPineapple - c
Posted on Nov 15, 2014 - 13:20 (UTC)

When using createDisplay instead of createDialog, all the commands for working with the controls of the display only work with the control version, not the IDC version:

lbAdd [1234, "item"]; // does not work on displays, and won't error either _ctrl lbAdd "item"; // does work with displays
So you have to use the control(DisplayCtrl) and not the IDC.

Killzone_Kid - c
Posted on Jun 29, 2017 - 09:02 (UTC)
A user dialog created with createDisplay over mission display (findDisplay 46) will stop display event handlers added to mission display from firing. However if it is created with createDialog then the event handlers continue to work.
Target_practice - c
Posted on Jun 21, 2020 - 17:01 (UTC)
Creating a display with the same parent as an existing display will destroy the latter and all of its children. However, their onUnload, onChildDestroyed, and onDestroy event handlers will not fire.
7erra - c
Posted on Feb 05, 2022 - 15:47 (UTC)
When trying to create a display with createDisplay on a non existing display the command will fail silently and return displayNull.