I need to set an appropriate status bar message depending upon which menuitem currently has keyboard focus. Thus, using only the up and down keys to navigate through a JMenu's menuitems, which listener should I use in order to know that currently which JMenuItem has keyboard focus?

I tried using FocusListener but to no avail.

JMenuItem myMenuItem = new JMenuItem("My Menu Item");  myMenuItem.addFocusListener(new FocusListener() 
       public void focusGained(FocusEvent focusEvent) 
             System.out.println("'myMenuItem' has current focus");  	

If indeed FocusListener IS the listener that I'm looking for, then it could be that my code's somehow problematic. Otherwise it could be a different listener that I'm looking for. Thanks.