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I have a section in my code where i add in label3 and basically want to display the current date and maybe even the current time ontop of the image i have that fills up the entire JPanel. I wanted the current date/time to be displayed on top of this image. I can't seem to get the text to appear or placed where i want it. Any ideas?
public void welcome()
	{
  	  JFrame jF1 = new JFrame("ESCAPE THE CYLON INVASION!"); // Set the window title.
 
      // Set the size of the JFrame to 709 x 645 pixels. 
      jF1.setSize(709, 569);
 
	  // Create a JButton that will prompt for continuance. 
      JButton b1 = new JButton("BEGIN REGISTRATION");
      // Center the button in the JFrame.
      b1.setVerticalTextPosition(AbstractButton.CENTER);
      // Start the text on the left.
      b1.setHorizontalTextPosition(AbstractButton.LEADING);
      // Set the button's action.
	  b1.setMnemonic(KeyEvent.VK_D);
	  // Listen for the click.
      b1.addActionListener(new ActionListener() 
      {
    	  public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
		  {
              // Upon clicking, open frame 2.
              name = getName();
          }
      });
		JLabel label3 = new JLabel();
    label3.setText(CURRENT DATE HERE);
    label3.setHorizontalTextPosition(JLabel.CENTER);
    label3.setVerticalTextPosition(JLabel.CENTER);
      // Create a new JLabel object to put a picture on.
      JLabel pictureJLabel = new JLabel();
      // Use JLabel ImageIcon to insert an image
      pictureJLabel.setIcon(new ImageIcon("start_screen.jpg"));
 
      // Create a new JPanel object to post other objects on.
      JPanel jPanel1 = new JPanel();
 
      // Post the JLabels on the JPanel
      jPanel1.add(pictureJLabel); // Post the BSG start screen. 
      jPanel1.add(b1);
		jPanel1.add(label3);            // Post the JButton
      
      // Post the JPanel into the JFrame
      jF1.getContentPane().add(jPanel1);
 
      // Displays the JFrame
      jF1.setVisible(true);
      
	}
	
	public static void about()
	{		
	JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "You are fighting for your life aboard Battle Star Galactica, use your fighting skills to survive!\n"
	+ "Fees\n" + "Basic Registration Fees:\n" + "$2.50 for a Mini Player (ages under 4)\n" + "$5.00 for a Junior Player (ages 4  12)\n" + "$7.50 for a Power Player (ages 13  17)\n" + "$9.75 for an Xtreme Player (Ages 18 and above)\n" +  "$1.25 for each additional feature: a Cylon Batteship, Missiles, Health Packs\n" + "When you are ready to continue, click OK.");
 
	}

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by:checkmofoshoduno
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I know i dont have the proper code in there to display the current date/time but i just wanted it to display text first, and then i would correct things so that it displayed the information i wanted.
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First you need "jPanel1.setLayout(null)". Then for each Componet you are adding to your JPanel, you need to call setBounds(x,y,width,height);
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by:checkmofoshoduno
ID: 24016192
After i add:

jPanel1.setLayout(null)

it becomes an empty frame on my welcome screen.
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by:checkmofoshoduno
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I got what you were saying to work.
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by:checkmofoshoduno
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Thanks for the help!
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by:ksivananth
ID: 24016456
try setIconTextGap,

import java.awt.GridLayout;
import java.io.File;

import javax.swing.ImageIcon;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JLabel;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.SwingUtilities;
import javax.swing.UIManager;

/*
 * LabelDemo.java needs one other file:
 *   images/middle.gif
 */
public class LabelDemo extends JPanel {
    public LabelDemo() {
        super(new GridLayout(3,1));  //3 rows, 1 column
        JLabel label1, label2, label3;

        ImageIcon icon = createImageIcon("images/middle.gif",
                                         "a pretty but meaningless splat");

        //Create the first label.
        label1 = new JLabel("Image and Text",
                            icon,
                            JLabel.CENTER);
        //Set the position of its text, relative to its icon:
        label1.setVerticalTextPosition(JLabel.BOTTOM);
        label1.setHorizontalTextPosition(JLabel.CENTER);
        label1.setIconTextGap( -20 ) ;

        //Create the other labels.
        label2 = new JLabel("Text-Only Label");
        label3 = new JLabel(icon);

        //Create tool tips, for the heck of it.
        label1.setToolTipText("A label containing both image and text");
        label2.setToolTipText("A label containing only text");
        label3.setToolTipText("A label containing only an image");

        //Add the labels.
        add(label1);
        add(label2);
        add(label3);
    }

    /** Returns an ImageIcon, or null if the path was invalid. */
    protected static ImageIcon createImageIcon(String path,
                                               String description) {
        java.net.URL imgURL = LabelDemo.class.getResource(path);
        if (imgURL != null) {
            return new ImageIcon(imgURL, description);
        } else {
            System.err.println("Couldn't find file: " + path);
            return null;
        }
    }

    /**
     * Create the GUI and show it.  For thread safety,
     * this method should be invoked from the
     * event dispatch thread.
     */
    private static void createAndShowGUI() {
        //Create and set up the window.
        JFrame frame = new JFrame("LabelDemo");
        frame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);

        //Add content to the window.
        frame.add(new LabelDemo());

        //Display the window.
        frame.pack();
        frame.setVisible(true);
    }

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        //Schedule a job for the event dispatch thread:
        //creating and showing this application's GUI.
        SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
            //Turn off metal's use of bold fonts
              UIManager.put("swing.boldMetal", Boolean.FALSE);
               
            createAndShowGUI();
            }
        });
    }
}
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