Re: Anybody know how to set the color of the text in a disabled JMenuItem?

Tom <>
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:16:24 +0000 (UTC)
On Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:52:55 -0700, markspace wrote:

On 8/18/2011 4:06 PM, Knute Johnson wrote:

Thanks for that but apparently I asked the wrong question. Why can't I
change the foreground color on my JMenuItem like you can? I'm running
1.7 on Windows XP. It may be something different with the LookAndFeel.

I'm running Java 7 on Windows 7. My LNF is just the default one (might
be Synth). I was running within NetBeans 7.0.1 IDE. Can't say why it
doesn't work for you.

BasicMenuItemUI has this:

protected void paintText(Graphics g, JMenuItem menuItem, Rectangle textRect, String text) {
  ButtonModel model = menuItem.getModel();
  FontMetrics fm = SwingUtilities2.getFontMetrics(menuItem, g);
  int mnemIndex = menuItem.getDisplayedMnemonicIndex();

  if(!model.isEnabled()) {
    // *** paint the text disabled
    if ( UIManager.get("MenuItem.disabledForeground") instanceof Color ) {
      g.setColor( UIManager.getColor("MenuItem.disabledForeground") );
      SwingUtilities2.drawStringUnderlineCharAt(menuItem, g,text,
                          mnemIndex, textRect.x, textRect.y + fm.getAscent());
    } else {

so it doesn't appear to use the disabledForeground member anyway. Perhaps
that is your problem?

Of course, other L&F may do different things.

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