How to make one entire column unselectable(JTable) in java? I am using Netbeans, JDBC Driver and MySQL.

Posted on 2011-10-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am doing my java project using netbeans. I want to make entire columns except one column unselectable.The user should be only able to click rows in only in one column. How to do that?
Question by:octoberqueen
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Expert Comment

by:Tomas Helgi Johannsson
ID: 37050375

Look at the TableColumnModel and the TableColumnModelListener
and the ListSelectionModel
and the ListCellRendererCompent
Here is also an example on how to allow row,column or cell selections

Hope this helps.

   Tomas Helgi

Author Comment

ID: 37053202
I am using Netbeans and I don't some of the basics Java. I just started off with and have no time to study everything from scratch. I want to complete my course project as fast as possible. It's already due now.

I am doing a simple Multiplex Ticket Booking System.  I use the attached piece of code for obtaining selected row values into a Text Field. However this works without any error only if movie column is selected. I want to make sure that rows and cell values in other columns can't be selected by user and if he clicks any row with mouse, only data that should get selected should from the movie column.

private void movTableMouseClicked(java.awt.event.MouseEvent evt) {                                      


int row = movTable.getSelectedRow();
int column = movTable.getSelectedColumn();

    Object a = movTable.getValueAt(row, column);
    Object b = movTable.getValueAt(row, column+1);
    Object c = movTable.getValueAt(row, column+2);
    Object d = movTable.getValueAt(row, column+3);

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Accepted Solution

zzynx earned 1500 total points
ID: 37056592
Replace this code:

int row = movTable.getSelectedRow();
int column = movTable.getSelectedColumn();
Object a = movTable.getValueAt(row, column);
Object b = movTable.getValueAt(row, column+1);
Object c = movTable.getValueAt(row, column+2);
Object d = movTable.getValueAt(row, column+3);

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with this code:

int row = movTable.getSelectedRow();
Object a = movTable.getValueAt(row, 0);
Object b = movTable.getValueAt(row, 1);
Object c = movTable.getValueAt(row, 2);
Object d = movTable.getValueAt(row, 3);

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and you won't have any problems, no matter what column is selected.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37101155

This is my jTable

private JTable getJTable() {
    String[] colName = { "Name", "Email", "Contact No. 1", "Contact No. 2",
            "Group", "" };
    if (jTable == null) {
        jTable = new JTable() {
            public boolean isCellEditable(int nRow, int nCol) {
                return false;
    DefaultTableModel contactTableModel = (DefaultTableModel) jTable
    return jTable;
I will call this method to retrieve the data from database and put it into table model

public void setUpTableData() {
    DefaultTableModel tableModel = (DefaultTableModel) jTable.getModel();
    ArrayList<Contact> list = new ArrayList<Contact>();
    if (!con.equals(""))
        list = sql.getContactListsByGroup(con);
        list = sql.getContactLists();
    for (int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++) {
        String[] data = new String[7];

            data[0] = list.get(i).getName();
            data[1] = list.get(i).getEmail();
            data[2] = list.get(i).getPhone1();
            data[3] = list.get(i).getPhone2();
            data[4] = list.get(i).getGroup();
            data[5] = list.get(i).getId();

Currently I was using this method to refresh the table after updating the table data. I will frist clear the table

DefaultTableModel tableModel = (DefaultTableModel) jTable.getModel();

Author Closing Comment

ID: 37123249
Not what I asked but really helped me.
Thank you Friend
LVL 37

Expert Comment

ID: 37125595
Thanx 4 axxepting.
(Just wondering what answer would have deserved an A grade...)

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