Re: Layout help

Knute Johnson <>
Sat, 30 Sep 2006 22:00:00 -0700
<OVHTg.7173$%v7.5682@newsfe11.phx> wrote:

Knute Johnson wrote: wrote:

I'm just learning swing with awt for making a ui, and i can't seem to
get it to look how I want.

|Label : [Text Area ] |
|Label : [Text Area ] |
|Label : [Text Area ] |
|Label : [Text Area ] |
| [Button][Button] |
|Text Area |
| |
| |

My plan was to make the main JFrame use BorderLayout and put a grid of
the top 5 rows(each a seperate JPanel) and set the bottom part as the
text area.

I made a Jpanel for the top 5 rows that uses GridLayout with 5 rows and
1 column, I then tried to add seperate JPanels to each spot on the
grid, but they aren't showing up. Is there a way for me to use that way
to get this done or another way to set it up?

source of what im doing can be found here:

I hate to say it but this would be a good layout for GridBagLayout. You
wouldn't need a bunch of extra panels either.

setLayout(new GridBagLayout());
GridBagConstraints c = new GridBagConstraints();

c.gridy = 0;
// put a label and textarea here
// put your next row of label and textarea
// same for your buttons
c.gridwidth = 2;
c.fill = GridBagConstraints.HORIZONTAL;
// add your big textarea here

// pack it and show it


Knute Johnson
email s/nospam/knute/

Thanks, thats working a lot better than bafore.

My only problem now is that the text area starts as only being one line
tall, but expands every time a line break occurs. When it expands it
also ends up making the other components move around a bit. is there
any way i can keep it at a constant height?

Maybe what you want is really a TextField?


Knute Johnson
email s/nospam/knute/

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