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Need help laying out my display window

I'm having trouble making my application display correctly. It is supposed to look something like:

title bar
menu bar

titled label for display

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX      button                    
large textarea                                      button






XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
                                           button   button          

I'm using a GridLayout manager and a JPanel with BorderLayout.

When I run this I get a very tiny box in the center of the top panel where the label is supposed to be.

My text area is there, but it's not as deep as I want it to be. I changed the number for the depth, but it won't change it.

The two buttons on the right side don't show at all and the two bottom buttons are ok.

Can anybody suggest what I can do? Should I use GridBagLayout? How would I use it if I should?                            
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sciuriwareCommented:
Either set sizes on those components or make the frame a bit more complex:
don't put everything in ONE panel, but layer things a bit,
by 1st level : gross divide over the screen, 2nd level: major components and panels
3rd level: lowest components.
;JOOP!
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HelpWithJavaAuthor Commented:
As previously stated, I'm using a GridLayout manager and JPanels. I DID do everything you mentioned, but nothing works right. It seems like if I get one or two things to display right, the other components don't display right. That's the whole problem.
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funnyveryfunnyCommented:
From your layout description, I would approach the layout this way:

A main frame F, using borderlayout.

Then on F.North you add a JPanel Menu. This Menu will have BorderLayout where it contains NORTH.menuBAR and SOUTH.Label

Then on F.Center add JtextArea.

Then on F.South add JPanel horizontalButtons and use GridBagLayout or GridLayout for this panel.

Then on F.East add JPanel verticalButtons do the same.

You might need some padding (space fillers like empty labels etc) to get layout that you wanted.
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HelpWithJavaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but I have it figured out now. I will give you the points anyway since you offered a response very close to what I have done.   :)
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funnyveryfunnyCommented:
:) thanks.
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