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Thread: button positioning

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    Default button positioning

    hi im trying to create a frame with 3 buttons down the left hand side of the frame and a text area on the right hand side.
    I have been trying to use the GridBagLayout but i cant seem to position anything no matter where i say to put the buttons or what size i want the buttons to be when i run the program all i get is 1 button showing and if i resize the frame the button resizes with it.
    is the GridBagLayout able to do what i want and if so how do i go about positioning the buttons.
    if not could you tell me what layout is best suited.

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    Default Re: button positioning

    GridBagLayout has the ability to do what you need, but there are far easier Layout Managers available to do your task.

    I recommend using GridLayout for this task, as it is very easy and useful.

    The ways you could do this are:
    • Use a JFrame's default LayoutManager (BorderLayout) to add one JPanel to BorderLayout.WEST and add another JPanel to BorderLayout.EAST where each JPanel uses a GridLayout of 3x1 (Row x Column).
    • Another way would be to change the JFrame's LayoutManager to GridLayout of 1x2 and then add two JPanels like the above.
    • Or change the JFrame's LayoutManger to 3x2 and add all components to the JFrame.

    Which ever approach you take (from my suggestion), you will be using GridLayout, so follow the link I provided for a guide.

    Heres an example of what I mean.
        public JPanel jButtonPanel(){
        JPanel buttonPanel = new JPanel();
        buttonPanel.setLayout(new GridLayout(3,1));
        return buttonPanel;

    You would then add jButtonPanel() to your JFrame, and do the same for jTextFieldPanel().
    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by newbie; January 29th, 2011 at 09:58 AM.
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