setting JFrame LayoutManager to NORTH

Hi, experts:

This is going to sound really dumb.  I have some old code that looks like this:

               JFrme outer = new JFram(BorderLayout.NORTH);

This is the stupid part.  I already have a JFrame called outer.  Now all I want to do is set its BorderLayout to NORTH.  I don't want to put any buttons on it or anything.  It is meant to be an MDI.  I cannot find any information anywhere that allows me to set it to NORTH without putting a button it.

FRUSTRATED!

P.S. Thanks for your help.
pdlarueAsked:
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RizwanKhalidCommented:
You can only set the layouts of panels and not frames. Every frame has a deafult rootpane, that is hidden from the user in such a way that if you set the borderlayout (or any layout) of the frame, it will set the layout of this rootpane. Now if you make a JFrame an MDI or do not put any controls on the frame, then it does not have any rootpane. So if you set it layout to anything it will not do it as it does not have the rootpane. That is why it requires to have at least one control before it allows to set layouts.

Hope this helps.
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