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I would like to bring Java application (JFrame) on top of all other windows.

So far I found a partial solution. I was hoping that java 1.6 has a better one. This is the solution I have now:

1. I call the deiconify(frame) method.
2. Since this method will only bring the application on top if it is currently iconified (if the application is simply behind another window, nothing happens), I call the iconify() method first.

This results in the application being first iconified (if it is not already) and then deiconified. I would like to lose the first step.

Anyone knows how to achieve that?


public static void deiconify(Frame frame) {
        int state = frame.getExtendedState();
        state &= ~Frame.ICONIFIED;
        frame.setExtendedState(state);
    }
 
    public static void iconify(Frame frame) {
        int state = frame.getExtendedState();
        state |= Frame.ICONIFIED;
        frame.setExtendedState(state);
    }

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Question by:Dejan Pažin
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by:jcoombes
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Have you tried calling either of:

frame.toFront();

or

frame.setAlwaysOnTop(true)

I don't think that the second option does quite what you want, but might help you out....

Cheers


JC
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by:Dejan Pažin
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Yes, I tried it. The result is:

1. toFront only brings a frame on top of other frames inside VM, not on top of all open windows on the system. (from the javadoc of toFront method: "Places this Window at the top of the stacking order and shows it in front of any other Windows in this VM").

2. setAlwaysOnTop makes the application be always on top of all open windows on the system (like task manager). I dont want that, I just want to bring it on top when I need it.

Any other ideas?
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frame.setAlwaysOnTop(true);
frame.setAlwaysOnTop(false);

Is a dirty solution.
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by:Dejan Pažin
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Beta07,

thats exactly what I did, and I agree its a dirty solution. But seems to work, so its a solution :)
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by:maartennieber
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it appears

frame.setAlwaysOnTop(true);
frame.setAlwaysOnTop(false);

does not work in Linux (Hardy, JDK6). The call to frame.setAlwaysOnTop(false) moves the frame to the background again.
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