Setting focus in a complex panel

Posted on 2003-02-22
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Last Modified: 2009-07-29
I have a BorderLayout main frame whose Center is a GridLayout, 12 rows and 9 columns, and I've set most of the cells (JTextFields) to setEditable( false ).  I want to start with focus on a specific editable cell, but <cellname>.requestFocus() has no effect.  I can successfully shift focus between editable cells once I've established focus, but how do I get the initial focus?
Question by:Bob_Everard
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Expert Comment

ID: 8002191
Perhaps you used requestFocus in an incorrect way.
requestFocus() just works if your window with the textfields is already visible.

Best regards, Raffael Vogler

Expert Comment

ID: 8002196
You could addionally give a try to:

SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable(){
  public void run(){

Best regards, Raffael Vogler

Accepted Solution

yongsing earned 150 total points
ID: 8002629
You can set focus on a component only when it's visible on screen. What you can do is to add a window listener to your JFrame. When the JFrame is opened (become visible), you set the focus to the cell.

  new WindowAdapter() {
    public void windowOpened(WindowEvent e) {

Author Comment

ID: 8003605
Thanks, raffael, for your prompt answer.

I tried adding the following code round the requestFocus:

      int l = 0;
      while ( !scoreText[ 0 ].isVisible() ) {
         System.out.println( "Waiting(" + ++l +
                             ") for visibility for scoreText[ 0 ]..." );
      } // while
      scoreText[ 0 ].requestFocus();
      l = 0;
      while ( !scoreText[ 0 ].hasFocus() ) {
         System.out.println( "Waiting(" + ++l +
                             ") for focus for scoreText[ 0 ]..." );
      } // while

The interesting thing is that sometimes I go through the "Waiting for focus" loop 3 times, sometimes 5, but often I have to force focus by clicking on the field to avoid an infinite wait.  And the whole purpose of this exercise is to avoid having to select focus by hand.

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