Using NetBeans, How to set size of JFrame at loadtime?

Hello,

  I am using a BorderLayout. The main JFrame container that holds all other components for the application doesn't have a variable name. Nor can I set the width, height, or position of the initial frame. setSize() doesn't work.

  I just don't understand. I can setSize for every other component no problem. Just the very initial JFrame doesn't do anything when I try to setSize.

  Visually, this is very annoying. I cannot get things "just the way I want."

  How to setSize() with a JFrame - using NetBeans IDE?

  Thanks!
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petmagdyCommented:
in ur JFrame Constuctor or in the main method before displaying the JFrame like this:

myFrame.setSize(450, 450);
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sapbucketAuthor Commented:
Argh. So annoying.

Ok, so I think the window size is determined by the components the JFrame contains.

So I put a button in, set it for SOUTH. Now there are three sizes: minimum, maximum, and preferred. I cannot set any of them. This should be straightforward and it isn't.

Am I thinking "bad" here? I read the book - they just use setSize() everywhere. For some reason I cant!
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sapbucketAuthor Commented:
petmagdy,

  there is no variable name for the JFrame Window. So in your code sample, you use myFrame.  I don't see any in my code:

public class ImageViewer extends javax.swing.JFrame {
   
    /** Creates new form ImageViewer */
    public ImageViewer() {
        initComponents();
    }
   
    /** This method is called from within the constructor to
     * initialize the form.
     * WARNING: Do NOT modify this code. The content of this method is
     * always regenerated by the Form Editor.
     */
    private void initComponents() {
        jButton1 = new javax.swing.JButton();
        jMenuBar1 = new javax.swing.JMenuBar();
        jMenu1 = new javax.swing.JMenu();
        jMenu2 = new javax.swing.JMenu();
        jMenu3 = new javax.swing.JMenu();

        setTitle("Blackjack Image Viewer");
        setForeground(new java.awt.Color(236, 233, 216));
        addWindowListener(new java.awt.event.WindowAdapter() {
            public void windowActivated(java.awt.event.WindowEvent evt) {
                formWindowActivated(evt);
            }
            public void windowClosing(java.awt.event.WindowEvent evt) {
                exitForm(evt);
            }
        });

        jButton1.setText("Killah Nigga");
        jButton1.setBackground(new java.awt.Color(204, 204, 204));
        getContentPane().add(jButton1, java.awt.BorderLayout.SOUTH);

        jMenuBar1.setPreferredSize(new java.awt.Dimension(300, 25));
        jMenu1.setText("Menu");
        jMenu1.setBackground(new java.awt.Color(236, 233, 216));
        jMenuBar1.add(jMenu1);

        jMenu2.setText("Menu");
        jMenuBar1.add(jMenu2);

        jMenu3.setText("Menu");
        jMenuBar1.add(jMenu3);

        setJMenuBar(jMenuBar1);

        pack();
    }



you can see that all of the components IN THE JFRAME have names (jMenu2, jMenu3, etc.). The JFrame doesn't?!! argh I can't stand being a newbie!!!

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petmagdyCommented:
it can be desciding by the following:
1- JFrame.setSize()
2- or take a look at this sample:

class TestFrame extends JFrame
{
  public TestFrame() {
    super( "Graphics demo" );
    getContentPane().add(new JCanvas());
  }

  public static void main( String args[] ) {
    TestFrame mainFrame = new TestFrame();
    mainFrame.pack();
    mainFrame.setVisible( true );
  }
}

class JCanvas extends JComponent {


   public JCanvas() {
        setDoubleBuffered(true);
        setOpaque(true);
      }

      public void paintComponent(Graphics g) {
        super.paintComponent(g);
    }

      public Dimension getPreferredSize() {
        return new Dimension(400,400);
      }

      public Dimension getMinimumSize() {
        return getPreferredSize();
      }

      public Dimension getMaximumSize() {
        return getPreferredSize();
      }
}
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petmagdyCommented:
then simply do this:

    public ImageViewer() {
         setSize(450, 450);
        initComponents();
    }
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objectsCommented:
>         pack();

replace that line with:

setSize(300, 300);

or change the ctor to be:

    public ImageViewer() {
         initComponents();
         setSize(450, 450);
   }

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sapbucketAuthor Commented:
Sorry everyone.

It was because of the layout.

It expands to the size of its components.

Thanks for the suggestions!

I am going to close the question

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objectsCommented:
> It expands to the size of its components.

not if you remove the call to pack() as was suggested to you already.
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