resize a button

Hi,

  I believe this should be easy but I just can't do it :-(
  I have several buttons in one panel and I am using GridBagLayout. However, the buttons have different default sizes(due to the text on it). I tried to use Button.resize(20,60) in order to make their sizes equal, but it didn't seem to work. Can anyone tell me what is the proper way to do it? Thank you.
sunjian061197Asked:
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fontaineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The layout manager is looking at the component *preferred size* to do the layout. Because of this, modifying the size of the button with setSize() will simply have no effect. What you have do to is sub-class Button and override the getPreferredSize() method.

Example:

public class FixedSizeButton extends Button
{
 private int width;
 private int heigth;

 public FixedSizeButton(String label, int width, int heigth)
 {
  super(label);

  this.width = width;
  this.heigth = heigth;
 }

 public Dimension getPreferredSize()
 {
  return new Dimension(width,heigth);
 }

}

This is to answer your question. Now, if you have, for example, a row of three buttons in your layout, the best solution is to put them all in one panel using GridLayout and rivet it to your GridBagLayout panel.
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sunjian061197Author Commented:
Edited text of question
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froderikCommented:
Try the method setSize( int width, int height ) instead. It is defined in Component which is the superclas of Button. Another version of setSize() takes a Dimension as argument.

Hope this helps,
Fredrik
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sunjian061197Author Commented:
Hi froderik,

  I am sorry but I have actually used setSize() method but it didn't work either...

Sun Jian
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froderikCommented:
Why didn't it work? Didn't the source compile or didn't the Button change or did you get some runtime exception? Some code might help finding the problem.
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sunjian061197Author Commented:
The program compiles well and no exception was thrown. But the buttons still remain their default sizes. The relevant codes:
....
  gbLayout = new GridBagLayout();
  setLayout(gbLayout);
  gbc = new GridBagConstraints();
  Button btTest = new Button(" Test ");
  gbLayout.setConstraints(btTest,gbc);
  add(btTest);
  btTest.setSize(60,20);
....
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froderikCommented:
Have you tried to set the size before the button is added to the Panel?

There is another method named setBounds(), maybe it works instead....

public void setBounds( int x, int y, int width, int height )
public void setBounds( Rectangle r );

I have no documentation about what the difference between these methods might be and I have to admit that I am no Java graphics expert.
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jpk041897Commented:
The call to resize will change the member values for your button, but wont actualy redraw them.

You must explisitly call either the pannells paint() method or the buttons paint() method, though calling the pannels is a better option since it will avoid overrwriting of other controlls.


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froderikCommented:
jpk:
Although I accept your good answer I still wonder if it wouldn't work to change the size before adding the Button to the panel?

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sunjian061197Author Commented:
Hi jpk and froderik:

  I have tried the following:

1. use setSize() before adding the button to the panel
2. use setSize() after adding the button to the panel and then call Button.repaint()
3. use setSize() after adding the button to the panel and then call Panel.repaint()
4. use setBounds() instead of setSize() and repeat 1.2.3.
5. use Button.invalidate() instead of repaint()

but none of the above worked... really don't know what I am missing....

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sunjian061197Author Commented:
Hi,

  Thanks fontaine, both for ur answer and suggestion. I will use GridLayout then.

Sun Jian
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