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Java Swing: Components don't show up

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I am adding a JPanel to another JPanel. The problem is that the inner JPanel does not show up until I click at the location where it is supposed to appear.

Please let me know what I could be missing. Thanks!
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Question by:dshrenik
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Are you adding the second JPanel after the container has been painted?

Consider calling the frame.repaint() method

http://download.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/javax/swing/JFrame.html#repaint(long, int, int, int, int)
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Maybe you want to paste your code.
It is very common to add one JPanel to another JPanel - should not have any problems
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by:dshrenik
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Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to paste code. Sorry about that!
Can you tell me some possible things that could be going wrong?
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by:for_yan
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I think HonorGod has a good point - are you indedadding the second ;panel after you show the window?
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In general, unless there is some specvial need - just create all GUI first and then show
the window when all elements are already created and are in place, then say
setVisible(true);
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I am not sure. Sorry if question sounds silly - I am new to Swing:
What is the frame here, and how do I get a reference to it?
Do I just say this.repaint()? (where this is a jpanel)?
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by:CEHJ
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If you're adding it dynamically, for parent JPanel 'p' do
p.validate();
p.repaint();

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If you say this.setVisioble(true) when you shoow it, then you should say this.repaint() after you add a new panel

If you say frame.setVisible(true); then you should asy frame.repaint();

Better don't setVisible() before you add everything to your GUI
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What Layout are you using?  I've seen that happen before where multiple components are added to a Layout in the same location -- or when you don't specify a location properly for the Layout.
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Thanks for the grade & points.

Good luck & have a great day.
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