Java JTable clicking out of a field that is being edited does not update field values

Posted on 2011-03-07
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I display a JTable with editable text columns, when the user double-clicks on a column to edit a field, then clicks on another column, the field that was edited gets updated.  But if the user double-clicks on a column to edit the field, makes changes, then presses a JButton somewhere on the same form, the table value is not updated automatically.  (The JButton code uses the values in the table, and is not getting the latest value from that last field that was being edited.)

Is there a way to make JTable automatically update a field that's being edited when the focus changes to something else?  Or at least is there some call I can put in the JButton's code to say "Finish/update and edits that were being done on the JTable"?

Question by:amp834
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Thanks for the replies, I will test them out tomorrow.  The reference objects sent has a link to

It has two good solutions I can use!

The first is to have the table automatically stop editing and save the data. This can be done by setting a property on the table:

JTable table = new JTable(...);
table.putClientProperty("terminateEditOnFocusLost", Boolean.TRUE);

Note that this solution will cause the table to stop editing when any component get focus. I believe this logic is limited to components on the current window, but must admit I haven’t tested it. This solution will also not work when you click on the window buttons (ie, minimize or close).

Maybe the above solution is too general, and you want to control which components should stop editing. In this second case, you would need to add some code to the ActionListener of your buttons, something like:

if (table.isEditing())

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Thanks for the help, I used object's suggestion (the link was clearer, for me anyway), and also gave credit for ksivananth for helping as well.

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