ActionEvent - accelerator key OR menu item cilcked?

public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)

how do i know if a menu action was fired by the user clicking the menu item, or by using an accelerator key??  note that the accelerator key is DELETE, so i cannot check for modifier keys like ctrl, alt, shift!!

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afaik you can't

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why should it make a difference?
You can *probably* capture the DELETE key if you have a KeyEvent. Then you could do something like:

int keycode = keyEvent.getKeycode();
if (keycode == KeyEvent.VK_DELETE)
    // blah blah
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