Text component not focusa

"Karsten Wutzke" <karsten.wutzke@THRWHITE.remove-dii-this>
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:44:05 GMT
  To: comp.lang.java.gui

I have a simply JFrame with a subclassed JTabbedPane as main
container. Each tab contains a non editable JTextPane which display
some text. Under each text pane there is a one lined JTextField. This
text field acts as input for the JTextPane. It is basically a simple
*chat* GUI...

On pressing a button or some other key combo the text in the text
field is copied to the text pane...

The problem now is:

When having 2 or more chats/tabs, the user can switch chats by
clicking on the tabs. This focuses the tabs however. What I want here
is to focus the *input text field* when the tab selection changes. As
Karsten Lentzsch pointed out, the ChangeListener was basically the way
to go:

public synchronized void stateChanged(ChangeEvent ce)

    final SingleSelectionModel ssm = getModel();

    int tc = getTabCount();

    //one tab is displayed when chat list empty, so there's always a
selected index
    if ( tc > 0 )
        int index = ssm.getSelectedIndex();

        if ( index == -1 )

        if ( lsChatPanels.size() <= index )

        //valid index...

        JChatPanel cp = lsChatPanels.get(index);

        System.out.println("Requesting focus on " + cp.getName());

        JTextComponent tcUserMessage = cp.getUserMessageTextComponent();

        //request focus on user message text component

Well the code basically works, but it simply DOESN'T receive keyboard
focus. It's a very annoying thing in a chat app when you switch a chat
panel and can't just start to type! (usability = zero)...

Whatever the code shows above, the point is, how do I achieve
focussing that text component? I suspect it's not easy in conjunction
with a JTabbedPane because of the explicit mouse click tab selection
which focusses the tabs...

How do I achieve automatic text field focussing when switching tabs? I
fiddled for some hours now, but the results are very depressing...


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