Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

javax.swing
Class JComboBox

java.lang.Object
  extended by java.awt.Component
      extended by java.awt.Container
          extended by javax.swing.JComponent
              extended by javax.swing.JComboBox
All Implemented Interfaces:
ActionListener, ImageObserver, ItemSelectable, MenuContainer, Serializable, EventListener, Accessible, ListDataListener

public class JComboBox
extends JComponent
implements ItemSelectable, ListDataListener, ActionListener, Accessible

A component that combines a button or editable field and a drop-down list. The user can select a value from the drop-down list, which appears at the user's request. If you make the combo box editable, then the combo box includes an editable field into which the user can type a value.

Warning: Swing is not thread safe. For more information see Swing's Threading Policy.

Warning: Serialized objects of this class will not be compatible with future Swing releases. The current serialization support is appropriate for short term storage or RMI between applications running the same version of Swing. As of 1.4, support for long term storage of all JavaBeansTM has been added to the java.beans package. Please see XMLEncoder.

See How to Use Combo Boxes in The Java Tutorial for further information.

See Also:
ComboBoxModel, DefaultComboBoxModel

Nested Class Summary
protected  class JComboBox.AccessibleJComboBox
          This class implements accessibility support for the JComboBox class.
static interface JComboBox.KeySelectionManager
          The interface that defines a KeySelectionManager.
 
Nested classes/interfaces inherited from class javax.swing.JComponent
JComponent.AccessibleJComponent
 
Nested classes/interfaces inherited from class java.awt.Container
Container.AccessibleAWTContainer
 
Nested classes/interfaces inherited from class java.awt.Component
Component.AccessibleAWTComponent, Component.BaselineResizeBehavior, Component.BltBufferStrategy, Component.FlipBufferStrategy
 
Field Summary
protected  String actionCommand
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  ComboBoxModel dataModel
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  ComboBoxEditor editor
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  boolean isEditable
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  JComboBox.KeySelectionManager keySelectionManager
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  boolean lightWeightPopupEnabled
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  int maximumRowCount
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  ListCellRenderer renderer
          This protected field is implementation specific.
protected  Object selectedItemReminder
          This protected field is implementation specific.
 
Fields inherited from class javax.swing.JComponent
accessibleContext, listenerList, TOOL_TIP_TEXT_KEY, ui, UNDEFINED_CONDITION, WHEN_ANCESTOR_OF_FOCUSED_COMPONENT, WHEN_FOCUSED, WHEN_IN_FOCUSED_WINDOW
 
Fields inherited from class java.awt.Component
BOTTOM_ALIGNMENT, CENTER_ALIGNMENT, LEFT_ALIGNMENT, RIGHT_ALIGNMENT, TOP_ALIGNMENT
 
Fields inherited from interface java.awt.image.ImageObserver
ABORT, ALLBITS, ERROR, FRAMEBITS, HEIGHT, PROPERTIES, SOMEBITS, WIDTH
 
Constructor Summary
JComboBox()
          Creates a JComboBox with a default data model.
JComboBox(ComboBoxModel aModel)
          Creates a JComboBox that takes its items from an existing ComboBoxModel.
JComboBox(Object[] items)
          Creates a JComboBox that contains the elements in the specified array.
JComboBox(Vector<?> items)
          Creates a JComboBox that contains the elements in the specified Vector.
 
Method Summary
 void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
          This method is public as an implementation side effect.
protected  void actionPropertyChanged(Action action, String propertyName)
          Updates the combobox's state in response to property changes in associated action.
 void addActionListener(ActionListener l)
          Adds an ActionListener.
 void addItem(Object anObject)
          Adds an item to the item list.
 void addItemListener(ItemListener aListener)
          Adds an ItemListener.
 void addPopupMenuListener(PopupMenuListener l)
          Adds a PopupMenu listener which will listen to notification messages from the popup portion of the combo box.
 void configureEditor(ComboBoxEditor anEditor, Object anItem)
          Initializes the editor with the specified item.
protected  void configurePropertiesFromAction(Action a)
          Sets the properties on this combobox to match those in the specified Action.
 void contentsChanged(ListDataEvent e)
          This method is public as an implementation side effect.
protected  PropertyChangeListener createActionPropertyChangeListener(Action a)
          Creates and returns a PropertyChangeListener that is responsible for listening for changes from the specified Action and updating the appropriate properties.
protected  JComboBox.KeySelectionManager createDefaultKeySelectionManager()
          Returns an instance of the default key-selection manager.
protected  void fireActionEvent()
          Notifies all listeners that have registered interest for notification on this event type.
protected  void fireItemStateChanged(ItemEvent e)
          Notifies all listeners that have registered interest for notification on this event type.
 void firePopupMenuCanceled()
          Notifies PopupMenuListeners that the popup portion of the combo box has been canceled.
 void firePopupMenuWillBecomeInvisible()
          Notifies PopupMenuListeners that the popup portion of the combo box has become invisible.
 void firePopupMenuWillBecomeVisible()
          Notifies PopupMenuListeners that the popup portion of the combo box will become visible.
 AccessibleContext getAccessibleContext()
          Gets the AccessibleContext associated with this JComboBox.
 Action getAction()
          Returns the currently set Action for this ActionEvent source, or null if no Action is set.
 String getActionCommand()
          Returns the action command that is included in the event sent to action listeners.
 ActionListener[] getActionListeners()
          Returns an array of all the ActionListeners added to this JComboBox with addActionListener().
 ComboBoxEditor getEditor()
          Returns the editor used to paint and edit the selected item in the JComboBox field.
 Object getItemAt(int index)
          Returns the list item at the specified index.
 int getItemCount()
          Returns the number of items in the list.
 ItemListener[] getItemListeners()
          Returns an array of all the ItemListeners added to this JComboBox with addItemListener().
 JComboBox.KeySelectionManager getKeySelectionManager()
          Returns the list's key-selection manager.
 int getMaximumRowCount()
          Returns the maximum number of items the combo box can display without a scrollbar
 ComboBoxModel getModel()
          Returns the data model currently used by the JComboBox.
 PopupMenuListener[] getPopupMenuListeners()
          Returns an array of all the PopupMenuListeners added to this JComboBox with addPopupMenuListener().
 Object getPrototypeDisplayValue()
          Returns the "prototypical display" value - an Object used for the calculation of the display height and width.
 ListCellRenderer getRenderer()
          Returns the renderer used to display the selected item in the JComboBox field.
 int getSelectedIndex()
          Returns the first item in the list that matches the given item.
 Object getSelectedItem()
          Returns the current selected item.
 Object[] getSelectedObjects()
          Returns an array containing the selected item.
 ComboBoxUI getUI()
          Returns the L&F object that renders this component.
 String getUIClassID()
          Returns the name of the L&F class that renders this component.
 void hidePopup()
          Causes the combo box to close its popup window.
 void insertItemAt(Object anObject, int index)
          Inserts an item into the item list at a given index.
protected  void installAncestorListener()
           
 void intervalAdded(ListDataEvent e)
          This method is public as an implementation side effect.
 void intervalRemoved(ListDataEvent e)
          This method is public as an implementation side effect.
 boolean isEditable()
          Returns true if the JComboBox is editable.
 boolean isLightWeightPopupEnabled()
          Gets the value of the lightWeightPopupEnabled property.
 boolean isPopupVisible()
          Determines the visibility of the popup.
protected  String paramString()
          Returns a string representation of this JComboBox.
 void processKeyEvent(KeyEvent e)
          Handles KeyEvents, looking for the Tab key.
 void removeActionListener(ActionListener l)
          Removes an ActionListener.
 void removeAllItems()
          Removes all items from the item list.
 void removeItem(Object anObject)
          Removes an item from the item list.
 void removeItemAt(int anIndex)
          Removes the item at anIndex This method works only if the JComboBox uses a mutable data model.
 void removeItemListener(ItemListener aListener)
          Removes an ItemListener.
 void removePopupMenuListener(PopupMenuListener l)
          Removes a PopupMenuListener.
protected  void selectedItemChanged()
          This protected method is implementation specific.
 boolean selectWithKeyChar(char keyChar)
          Selects the list item that corresponds to the specified keyboard character and returns true, if there is an item corresponding to that character.
 void setAction(Action a)
          Sets the Action for the ActionEvent source.
 void setActionCommand(String aCommand)
          Sets the action command that should be included in the event sent to action listeners.
 void setEditable(boolean aFlag)
          Determines whether the JComboBox field is editable.
 void setEditor(ComboBoxEditor anEditor)
          Sets the editor used to paint and edit the selected item in the JComboBox field.
 void setEnabled(boolean b)
          Enables the combo box so that items can be selected.
 void setKeySelectionManager(JComboBox.KeySelectionManager aManager)
          Sets the object that translates a keyboard character into a list selection.
 void setLightWeightPopupEnabled(boolean aFlag)
          Sets the lightWeightPopupEnabled property, which provides a hint as to whether or not a lightweight Component should be used to contain the JComboBox, versus a heavyweight Component such as a Panel or a Window.
 void setMaximumRowCount(int count)
          Sets the maximum number of rows the JComboBox displays.
 void setModel(ComboBoxModel aModel)
          Sets the data model that the JComboBox uses to obtain the list of items.
 void setPopupVisible(boolean v)
          Sets the visibility of the popup.
 void setPrototypeDisplayValue(Object prototypeDisplayValue)
          Sets the prototype display value used to calculate the size of the display for the UI portion.
 void setRenderer(ListCellRenderer aRenderer)
          Sets the renderer that paints the list items and the item selected from the list in the JComboBox field.
 void setSelectedIndex(int anIndex)
          Selects the item at index anIndex.
 void setSelectedItem(Object anObject)
          Sets the selected item in the combo box display area to the object in the argument.
 void setUI(ComboBoxUI ui)
          Sets the L&F object that renders this component.
 void showPopup()
          Causes the combo box to display its popup window.
 void updateUI()
          Resets the UI property to a value from the current look and feel.
 
Methods inherited from class javax.swing.JComponent
addAncestorListener, addNotify, addVetoableChangeListener, computeVisibleRect, contains, createToolTip, disable, enable, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, fireVetoableChange, getActionForKeyStroke, getActionMap, getAlignmentX, getAlignmentY, getAncestorListeners, getAutoscrolls, getBaseline, getBaselineResizeBehavior, getBorder, getBounds, getClientProperty, getComponentGraphics, getComponentPopupMenu, getConditionForKeyStroke, getDebugGraphicsOptions, getDefaultLocale, getFontMetrics, getGraphics, getHeight, getInheritsPopupMenu, getInputMap, getInputMap, getInputVerifier, getInsets, getInsets, getListeners, getLocation, getMaximumSize, getMinimumSize, getNextFocusableComponent, getPopupLocation, getPreferredSize, getRegisteredKeyStrokes, getRootPane, getSize, getToolTipLocation, getToolTipText, getToolTipText, getTopLevelAncestor, getTransferHandler, getVerifyInputWhenFocusTarget, getVetoableChangeListeners, getVisibleRect, getWidth, getX, getY, grabFocus, isDoubleBuffered, isLightweightComponent, isManagingFocus, isOpaque, isOptimizedDrawingEnabled, isPaintingForPrint, isPaintingTile, isRequestFocusEnabled, isValidateRoot, paint, paintBorder, paintChildren, paintComponent, paintImmediately, paintImmediately, print, printAll, printBorder, printChildren, printComponent, processComponentKeyEvent, processKeyBinding, processMouseEvent, processMouseMotionEvent, putClientProperty, registerKeyboardAction, registerKeyboardAction, removeAncestorListener, removeNotify, removeVetoableChangeListener, repaint, repaint, requestDefaultFocus, requestFocus, requestFocus, requestFocusInWindow, requestFocusInWindow, resetKeyboardActions, reshape, revalidate, scrollRectToVisible, setActionMap, setAlignmentX, setAlignmentY, setAutoscrolls, setBackground, setBorder, setComponentPopupMenu, setDebugGraphicsOptions, setDefaultLocale, setDoubleBuffered, setFocusTraversalKeys, setFont, setForeground, setInheritsPopupMenu, setInputMap, setInputVerifier, setMaximumSize, setMinimumSize, setNextFocusableComponent, setOpaque, setPreferredSize, setRequestFocusEnabled, setToolTipText, setTransferHandler, setUI, setVerifyInputWhenFocusTarget, setVisible, unregisterKeyboardAction, update
 
Methods inherited from class java.awt.Container
add, add, add, add, add, addContainerListener, addImpl, addPropertyChangeListener, addPropertyChangeListener, applyComponentOrientation, areFocusTraversalKeysSet, countComponents, deliverEvent, doLayout, findComponentAt, findComponentAt, getComponent, getComponentAt, getComponentAt, getComponentCount, getComponents, getComponentZOrder, getContainerListeners, getFocusTraversalKeys, getFocusTraversalPolicy, getLayout, getMousePosition, insets, invalidate, isAncestorOf, isFocusCycleRoot, isFocusCycleRoot, isFocusTraversalPolicyProvider, isFocusTraversalPolicySet, layout, list, list, locate, minimumSize, paintComponents, preferredSize, printComponents, processContainerEvent, processEvent, remove, remove, removeAll, removeContainerListener, setComponentZOrder, setFocusCycleRoot, setFocusTraversalPolicy, setFocusTraversalPolicyProvider, setLayout, transferFocusBackward, transferFocusDownCycle, validate, validateTree
 
Methods inherited from class java.awt.Component
action, add, addComponentListener, addFocusListener, addHierarchyBoundsListener, addHierarchyListener, addInputMethodListener, addKeyListener, addMouseListener, addMouseMotionListener, addMouseWheelListener, bounds, checkImage, checkImage, coalesceEvents, contains, createImage, createImage, createVolatileImage, createVolatileImage, disableEvents, dispatchEvent, enable, enableEvents, enableInputMethods, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, firePropertyChange, getBackground, getBounds, getColorModel, getComponentListeners, getComponentOrientation, getCursor, getDropTarget, getFocusCycleRootAncestor, getFocusListeners, getFocusTraversalKeysEnabled, getFont, getForeground, getGraphicsConfiguration, getHierarchyBoundsListeners, getHierarchyListeners, getIgnoreRepaint, getInputContext, getInputMethodListeners, getInputMethodRequests, getKeyListeners, getLocale, getLocation, getLocationOnScreen, getMouseListeners, getMouseMotionListeners, getMousePosition, getMouseWheelListeners, getName, getParent, getPeer, getPropertyChangeListeners, getPropertyChangeListeners, getSize, getToolkit, getTreeLock, gotFocus, handleEvent, hasFocus, hide, imageUpdate, inside, isBackgroundSet, isCursorSet, isDisplayable, isEnabled, isFocusable, isFocusOwner, isFocusTraversable, isFontSet, isForegroundSet, isLightweight, isMaximumSizeSet, isMinimumSizeSet, isPreferredSizeSet, isShowing, isValid, isVisible, keyDown, keyUp, list, list, list, location, lostFocus, mouseDown, mouseDrag, mouseEnter, mouseExit, mouseMove, mouseUp, move, nextFocus, paintAll, postEvent, prepareImage, prepareImage, processComponentEvent, processFocusEvent, processHierarchyBoundsEvent, processHierarchyEvent, processInputMethodEvent, processMouseWheelEvent, remove, removeComponentListener, removeFocusListener, removeHierarchyBoundsListener, removeHierarchyListener, removeInputMethodListener, removeKeyListener, removeMouseListener, removeMouseMotionListener, removeMouseWheelListener, removePropertyChangeListener, removePropertyChangeListener, repaint, repaint, repaint, resize, resize, setBounds, setBounds, setComponentOrientation, setCursor, setDropTarget, setFocusable, setFocusTraversalKeysEnabled, setIgnoreRepaint, setLocale, setLocation, setLocation, setName, setSize, setSize, show, show, size, toString, transferFocus, transferFocusUpCycle
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

dataModel

protected ComboBoxModel dataModel
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
getModel(), setModel(javax.swing.ComboBoxModel)

renderer

protected ListCellRenderer renderer
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
getRenderer(), setRenderer(javax.swing.ListCellRenderer)

editor

protected ComboBoxEditor editor
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
getEditor(), setEditor(javax.swing.ComboBoxEditor)

maximumRowCount

protected int maximumRowCount
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
getMaximumRowCount(), setMaximumRowCount(int)

isEditable

protected boolean isEditable
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
isEditable, setEditable(boolean)

keySelectionManager

protected JComboBox.KeySelectionManager keySelectionManager
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
setKeySelectionManager(javax.swing.JComboBox.KeySelectionManager), getKeySelectionManager()

actionCommand

protected String actionCommand
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
setActionCommand(java.lang.String), getActionCommand()

lightWeightPopupEnabled

protected boolean lightWeightPopupEnabled
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override. Use the accessor methods instead.

See Also:
setLightWeightPopupEnabled(boolean), isLightWeightPopupEnabled()

selectedItemReminder

protected Object selectedItemReminder
This protected field is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override.

Constructor Detail

JComboBox

public JComboBox(ComboBoxModel aModel)
Creates a JComboBox that takes its items from an existing ComboBoxModel. Since the ComboBoxModel is provided, a combo box created using this constructor does not create a default combo box model and may impact how the insert, remove and add methods behave.

Parameters:
aModel - the ComboBoxModel that provides the displayed list of items
See Also:
DefaultComboBoxModel

JComboBox

public JComboBox(Object[] items)
Creates a JComboBox that contains the elements in the specified array. By default the first item in the array (and therefore the data model) becomes selected.

Parameters:
items - an array of objects to insert into the combo box
See Also:
DefaultComboBoxModel

JComboBox

public JComboBox(Vector<?> items)
Creates a JComboBox that contains the elements in the specified Vector. By default the first item in the vector (and therefore the data model) becomes selected.

Parameters:
items - an array of vectors to insert into the combo box
See Also:
DefaultComboBoxModel

JComboBox

public JComboBox()
Creates a JComboBox with a default data model. The default data model is an empty list of objects. Use addItem to add items. By default the first item in the data model becomes selected.

See Also:
DefaultComboBoxModel
Method Detail

installAncestorListener

protected void installAncestorListener()

setUI

public void setUI(ComboBoxUI ui)
Sets the L&F object that renders this component.

Parameters:
ui - the ComboBoxUI L&F object
See Also:
UIDefaults.getUI(javax.swing.JComponent)

updateUI

public void updateUI()
Resets the UI property to a value from the current look and feel.

Overrides:
updateUI in class JComponent
See Also:
JComponent.updateUI()

getUIClassID

public String getUIClassID()
Returns the name of the L&F class that renders this component.

Overrides:
getUIClassID in class JComponent
Returns:
the string "ComboBoxUI"
See Also:
JComponent.getUIClassID(), UIDefaults.getUI(javax.swing.JComponent)

getUI

public ComboBoxUI getUI()
Returns the L&F object that renders this component.

Returns:
the ComboBoxUI object that renders this component

setModel

public void setModel(ComboBoxModel aModel)
Sets the data model that the JComboBox uses to obtain the list of items.

Parameters:
aModel - the ComboBoxModel that provides the displayed list of items

getModel

public ComboBoxModel getModel()
Returns the data model currently used by the JComboBox.

Returns:
the ComboBoxModel that provides the displayed list of items

setLightWeightPopupEnabled

public void setLightWeightPopupEnabled(boolean aFlag)
Sets the lightWeightPopupEnabled property, which provides a hint as to whether or not a lightweight Component should be used to contain the JComboBox, versus a heavyweight Component such as a Panel or a Window. The decision of lightweight versus heavyweight is ultimately up to the JComboBox. Lightweight windows are more efficient than heavyweight windows, but lightweight and heavyweight components do not mix well in a GUI. If your application mixes lightweight and heavyweight components, you should disable lightweight popups. The default value for the lightWeightPopupEnabled property is true, unless otherwise specified by the look and feel. Some look and feels always use heavyweight popups, no matter what the value of this property.

See the article Mixing Heavy and Light Components on The Swing Connection This method fires a property changed event.

Parameters:
aFlag - if true, lightweight popups are desired

isLightWeightPopupEnabled

public boolean isLightWeightPopupEnabled()
Gets the value of the lightWeightPopupEnabled property.

Returns:
the value of the lightWeightPopupEnabled property
See Also:
setLightWeightPopupEnabled(boolean)

setEditable

public void setEditable(boolean aFlag)
Determines whether the JComboBox field is editable. An editable JComboBox allows the user to type into the field or selected an item from the list to initialize the field, after which it can be edited. (The editing affects only the field, the list item remains intact.) A non editable JComboBox displays the selected item in the field, but the selection cannot be modified.

Parameters:
aFlag - a boolean value, where true indicates that the field is editable

isEditable

public boolean isEditable()
Returns true if the JComboBox is editable. By default, a combo box is not editable.

Returns:
true if the JComboBox is editable, else false

setMaximumRowCount

public void setMaximumRowCount(int count)
Sets the maximum number of rows the JComboBox displays. If the number of objects in the model is greater than count, the combo box uses a scrollbar.

Parameters:
count - an integer specifying the maximum number of items to display in the list before using a scrollbar

getMaximumRowCount

public int getMaximumRowCount()
Returns the maximum number of items the combo box can display without a scrollbar

Returns:
an integer specifying the maximum number of items that are displayed in the list before using a scrollbar

setRenderer

public void setRenderer(ListCellRenderer aRenderer)
Sets the renderer that paints the list items and the item selected from the list in the JComboBox field. The renderer is used if the JComboBox is not editable. If it is editable, the editor is used to render and edit the selected item.

The default renderer displays a string or an icon. Other renderers can handle graphic images and composite items.

To display the selected item, aRenderer.getListCellRendererComponent is called, passing the list object and an index of -1.

Parameters:
aRenderer - the ListCellRenderer that displays the selected item
See Also:
setEditor(javax.swing.ComboBoxEditor)

getRenderer

public ListCellRenderer getRenderer()
Returns the renderer used to display the selected item in the JComboBox field.

Returns:
the ListCellRenderer that displays the selected item.

setEditor

public void setEditor(ComboBoxEditor anEditor)
Sets the editor used to paint and edit the selected item in the JComboBox field. The editor is used only if the receiving JComboBox is editable. If not editable, the combo box uses the renderer to paint the selected item.

Parameters:
anEditor - the ComboBoxEditor that displays the selected item
See Also:
setRenderer(javax.swing.ListCellRenderer)

getEditor

public ComboBoxEditor getEditor()
Returns the editor used to paint and edit the selected item in the JComboBox field.

Returns:
the ComboBoxEditor that displays the selected item

setSelectedItem

public void setSelectedItem(Object anObject)
Sets the selected item in the combo box display area to the object in the argument. If anObject is in the list, the display area shows anObject selected.

If anObject is not in the list and the combo box is uneditable, it will not change the current selection. For editable combo boxes, the selection will change to anObject.

If this constitutes a change in the selected item, ItemListeners added to the combo box will be notified with one or two ItemEvents. If there is a current selected item, an ItemEvent will be fired and the state change will be ItemEvent.DESELECTED. If anObject is in the list and is not currently selected then an ItemEvent will be fired and the state change will be ItemEvent.SELECTED.

ActionListeners added to the combo box will be notified with an ActionEvent when this method is called.

Parameters:
anObject - the list object to select; use null to clear the selection

getSelectedItem

public Object getSelectedItem()
Returns the current selected item.

If the combo box is editable, then this value may not have been added to the combo box with addItem, insertItemAt or the data constructors.

Returns:
the current selected Object
See Also:
setSelectedItem(java.lang.Object)

setSelectedIndex

public void setSelectedIndex(int anIndex)
Selects the item at index anIndex.

Parameters:
anIndex - an integer specifying the list item to select, where 0 specifies the first item in the list and -1 indicates no selection
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if anIndex < -1 or anIndex is greater than or equal to size

getSelectedIndex

public int getSelectedIndex()
Returns the first item in the list that matches the given item. The result is not always defined if the JComboBox allows selected items that are not in the list. Returns -1 if there is no selected item or if the user specified an item which is not in the list.

Returns:
an integer specifying the currently selected list item, where 0 specifies the first item in the list; or -1 if no item is selected or if the currently selected item is not in the list

getPrototypeDisplayValue

public Object getPrototypeDisplayValue()
Returns the "prototypical display" value - an Object used for the calculation of the display height and width.

Returns:
the value of the prototypeDisplayValue property
Since:
1.4
See Also:
setPrototypeDisplayValue(java.lang.Object)

setPrototypeDisplayValue

public void setPrototypeDisplayValue(Object prototypeDisplayValue)
Sets the prototype display value used to calculate the size of the display for the UI portion.

If a prototype display value is specified, the preferred size of the combo box is calculated by configuring the renderer with the prototype display value and obtaining its preferred size. Specifying the preferred display value is often useful when the combo box will be displaying large amounts of data. If no prototype display value has been specified, the renderer must be configured for each value from the model and its preferred size obtained, which can be relatively expensive.

Parameters:
prototypeDisplayValue -
Since:
1.4
See Also:
getPrototypeDisplayValue()

addItem

public void addItem(Object anObject)
Adds an item to the item list. This method works only if the JComboBox uses a mutable data model.

Warning: Focus and keyboard navigation problems may arise if you add duplicate String objects. A workaround is to add new objects instead of String objects and make sure that the toString() method is defined. For example:

   comboBox.addItem(makeObj("Item 1"));
   comboBox.addItem(makeObj("Item 1"));
   ...
   private Object makeObj(final String item)  {
     return new Object() { public String toString() { return item; } };
   }
 

Parameters:
anObject - the Object to add to the list
See Also:
MutableComboBoxModel

insertItemAt

public void insertItemAt(Object anObject,
                         int index)
Inserts an item into the item list at a given index. This method works only if the JComboBox uses a mutable data model.

Parameters:
anObject - the Object to add to the list
index - an integer specifying the position at which to add the item
See Also:
MutableComboBoxModel

removeItem

public void removeItem(Object anObject)
Removes an item from the item list. This method works only if the JComboBox uses a mutable data model.

Parameters:
anObject - the object to remove from the item list
See Also:
MutableComboBoxModel

removeItemAt

public void removeItemAt(int anIndex)
Removes the item at anIndex This method works only if the JComboBox uses a mutable data model.

Parameters:
anIndex - an int specifying the index of the item to remove, where 0 indicates the first item in the list
See Also:
MutableComboBoxModel

removeAllItems

public void removeAllItems()
Removes all items from the item list.


showPopup

public void showPopup()
Causes the combo box to display its popup window.

See Also:
setPopupVisible(boolean)

hidePopup

public void hidePopup()
Causes the combo box to close its popup window.

See Also:
setPopupVisible(boolean)

setPopupVisible

public void setPopupVisible(boolean v)
Sets the visibility of the popup.


isPopupVisible

public boolean isPopupVisible()
Determines the visibility of the popup.

Returns:
true if the popup is visible, otherwise returns false

addItemListener

public void addItemListener(ItemListener aListener)
Adds an ItemListener.

aListener will receive one or two ItemEvents when the selected item changes.

Specified by:
addItemListener in interface ItemSelectable
Parameters:
aListener - the ItemListener that is to be notified
See Also:
setSelectedItem(java.lang.Object)

removeItemListener

public void removeItemListener(ItemListener aListener)
Removes an ItemListener.

Specified by:
removeItemListener in interface ItemSelectable
Parameters:
aListener - the ItemListener to remove
See Also:
ItemEvent

getItemListeners

public ItemListener[] getItemListeners()
Returns an array of all the ItemListeners added to this JComboBox with addItemListener().

Returns:
all of the ItemListeners added or an empty array if no listeners have been added
Since:
1.4

addActionListener

public void addActionListener(ActionListener l)
Adds an ActionListener.

The ActionListener will receive an ActionEvent when a selection has been made. If the combo box is editable, then an ActionEvent will be fired when editing has stopped.

Parameters:
l - the ActionListener that is to be notified
See Also:
setSelectedItem(java.lang.Object)

removeActionListener

public void removeActionListener(ActionListener l)
Removes an ActionListener.

Parameters:
l - the ActionListener to remove

getActionListeners

public ActionListener[] getActionListeners()
Returns an array of all the ActionListeners added to this JComboBox with addActionListener().

Returns:
all of the ActionListeners added or an empty array if no listeners have been added
Since:
1.4

addPopupMenuListener

public void addPopupMenuListener(PopupMenuListener l)
Adds a PopupMenu listener which will listen to notification messages from the popup portion of the combo box.

For all standard look and feels shipped with Java, the popup list portion of combo box is implemented as a JPopupMenu. A custom look and feel may not implement it this way and will therefore not receive the notification.

Parameters:
l - the PopupMenuListener to add
Since:
1.4

removePopupMenuListener

public void removePopupMenuListener(PopupMenuListener l)
Removes a PopupMenuListener.

Parameters:
l - the PopupMenuListener to remove
Since:
1.4
See Also:
addPopupMenuListener(javax.swing.event.PopupMenuListener)

getPopupMenuListeners

public PopupMenuListener[] getPopupMenuListeners()
Returns an array of all the PopupMenuListeners added to this JComboBox with addPopupMenuListener().

Returns:
all of the PopupMenuListeners added or an empty array if no listeners have been added
Since:
1.4

firePopupMenuWillBecomeVisible

public void firePopupMenuWillBecomeVisible()
Notifies PopupMenuListeners that the popup portion of the combo box will become visible.

This method is public but should not be called by anything other than the UI delegate.

Since:
1.4
See Also:
addPopupMenuListener(javax.swing.event.PopupMenuListener)

firePopupMenuWillBecomeInvisible

public void firePopupMenuWillBecomeInvisible()
Notifies PopupMenuListeners that the popup portion of the combo box has become invisible.

This method is public but should not be called by anything other than the UI delegate.

Since:
1.4
See Also:
addPopupMenuListener(javax.swing.event.PopupMenuListener)

firePopupMenuCanceled

public void firePopupMenuCanceled()
Notifies PopupMenuListeners that the popup portion of the combo box has been canceled.

This method is public but should not be called by anything other than the UI delegate.

Since:
1.4
See Also:
addPopupMenuListener(javax.swing.event.PopupMenuListener)

setActionCommand

public void setActionCommand(String aCommand)
Sets the action command that should be included in the event sent to action listeners.

Parameters:
aCommand - a string containing the "command" that is sent to action listeners; the same listener can then do different things depending on the command it receives

getActionCommand

public String getActionCommand()
Returns the action command that is included in the event sent to action listeners.

Returns:
the string containing the "command" that is sent to action listeners.

setAction

public void setAction(Action a)
Sets the Action for the ActionEvent source. The new Action replaces any previously set Action but does not affect ActionListeners independently added with addActionListener. If the Action is already a registered ActionListener for the ActionEvent source, it is not re-registered.

Setting the Action results in immediately changing all the properties described in Swing Components Supporting Action. Subsequently, the combobox's properties are automatically updated as the Action's properties change.

This method uses three other methods to set and help track the Action's property values. It uses the configurePropertiesFromAction method to immediately change the combobox's properties. To track changes in the Action's property values, this method registers the PropertyChangeListener returned by createActionPropertyChangeListener. The default PropertyChangeListener invokes the actionPropertyChanged method when a property in the Action changes.

Parameters:
a - the Action for the JComboBox, or null.
Since:
1.3
See Also:
Action, getAction(), configurePropertiesFromAction(javax.swing.Action), createActionPropertyChangeListener(javax.swing.Action), actionPropertyChanged(javax.swing.Action, java.lang.String)

getAction

public Action getAction()
Returns the currently set Action for this ActionEvent source, or null if no Action is set.

Returns:
the Action for this ActionEvent source; or null
Since:
1.3
See Also:
Action, setAction(javax.swing.Action)

configurePropertiesFromAction

protected void configurePropertiesFromAction(Action a)
Sets the properties on this combobox to match those in the specified Action. Refer to Swing Components Supporting Action for more details as to which properties this sets.

Parameters:
a - the Action from which to get the properties, or null
Since:
1.3
See Also:
Action, setAction(javax.swing.Action)

createActionPropertyChangeListener

protected PropertyChangeListener createActionPropertyChangeListener(Action a)
Creates and returns a PropertyChangeListener that is responsible for listening for changes from the specified Action and updating the appropriate properties.

Warning: If you subclass this do not create an anonymous inner class. If you do the lifetime of the combobox will be tied to that of the Action.

Parameters:
a - the combobox's action
Since:
1.3
See Also:
Action, setAction(javax.swing.Action)

actionPropertyChanged

protected void actionPropertyChanged(Action action,
                                     String propertyName)
Updates the combobox's state in response to property changes in associated action. This method is invoked from the PropertyChangeListener returned from createActionPropertyChangeListener. Subclasses do not normally need to invoke this. Subclasses that support additional Action properties should override this and configurePropertiesFromAction.

Refer to the table at Swing Components Supporting Action for a list of the properties this method sets.

Parameters:
action - the Action associated with this combobox
propertyName - the name of the property that changed
Since:
1.6
See Also:
Action, configurePropertiesFromAction(javax.swing.Action)

fireItemStateChanged

protected void fireItemStateChanged(ItemEvent e)
Notifies all listeners that have registered interest for notification on this event type.

Parameters:
e - the event of interest
See Also:
EventListenerList

fireActionEvent

protected void fireActionEvent()
Notifies all listeners that have registered interest for notification on this event type.

See Also:
EventListenerList

selectedItemChanged

protected void selectedItemChanged()
This protected method is implementation specific. Do not access directly or override.


getSelectedObjects

public Object[] getSelectedObjects()
Returns an array containing the selected item. This method is implemented for compatibility with ItemSelectable.

Specified by:
getSelectedObjects in interface ItemSelectable
Returns:
an array of Objects containing one element -- the selected item

actionPerformed

public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
This method is public as an implementation side effect. do not call or override.

Specified by:
actionPerformed in interface ActionListener

contentsChanged

public void contentsChanged(ListDataEvent e)
This method is public as an implementation side effect. do not call or override.

Specified by:
contentsChanged in interface ListDataListener
Parameters:
e - a ListDataEvent encapsulating the event information

intervalAdded

public void intervalAdded(ListDataEvent e)
This method is public as an implementation side effect. do not call or override.

Specified by:
intervalAdded in interface ListDataListener
Parameters:
e - a ListDataEvent encapsulating the event information

intervalRemoved

public void intervalRemoved(ListDataEvent e)
This method is public as an implementation side effect. do not call or override.

Specified by:
intervalRemoved in interface ListDataListener
Parameters:
e - a ListDataEvent encapsulating the event information

selectWithKeyChar

public boolean selectWithKeyChar(char keyChar)
Selects the list item that corresponds to the specified keyboard character and returns true, if there is an item corresponding to that character. Otherwise, returns false.

Parameters:
keyChar - a char, typically this is a keyboard key typed by the user

setEnabled

public void setEnabled(boolean b)
Enables the combo box so that items can be selected. When the combo box is disabled, items cannot be selected and values cannot be typed into its field (if it is editable).

Overrides:
setEnabled in class JComponent
Parameters:
b - a boolean value, where true enables the component and false disables it
See Also:
Component.isEnabled(), Component.isLightweight()

configureEditor

public void configureEditor(ComboBoxEditor anEditor,
                            Object anItem)
Initializes the editor with the specified item.

Parameters:
anEditor - the ComboBoxEditor that displays the list item in the combo box field and allows it to be edited
anItem - the object to display and edit in the field

processKeyEvent

public void processKeyEvent(KeyEvent e)
Handles KeyEvents, looking for the Tab key. If the Tab key is found, the popup window is closed.

Overrides:
processKeyEvent in class JComponent
Parameters:
e - the KeyEvent containing the keyboard key that was pressed
See Also:
KeyEvent, KeyListener, KeyboardFocusManager, DefaultKeyboardFocusManager, Component.processEvent(java.awt.AWTEvent), Component.dispatchEvent(java.awt.AWTEvent), Component.addKeyListener(java.awt.event.KeyListener), Component.enableEvents(long), Component.isShowing()

setKeySelectionManager

public void setKeySelectionManager(JComboBox.KeySelectionManager aManager)
Sets the object that translates a keyboard character into a list selection. Typically, the first selection with a matching first character becomes the selected item.


getKeySelectionManager

public JComboBox.KeySelectionManager getKeySelectionManager()
Returns the list's key-selection manager.

Returns:
the KeySelectionManager currently in use

getItemCount

public int getItemCount()
Returns the number of items in the list.

Returns:
an integer equal to the number of items in the list

getItemAt

public Object getItemAt(int index)
Returns the list item at the specified index. If index is out of range (less than zero or greater than or equal to size) it will return null.

Parameters:
index - an integer indicating the list position, where the first item starts at zero
Returns:
the Object at that list position; or null if out of range

createDefaultKeySelectionManager

protected JComboBox.KeySelectionManager createDefaultKeySelectionManager()
Returns an instance of the default key-selection manager.

Returns:
the KeySelectionManager currently used by the list
See Also:
setKeySelectionManager(javax.swing.JComboBox.KeySelectionManager)

paramString

protected String paramString()
Returns a string representation of this JComboBox. This method is intended to be used only for debugging purposes, and the content and format of the returned string may vary between implementations. The returned string may be empty but may not be null.

Overrides:
paramString in class JComponent
Returns:
a string representation of this JComboBox

getAccessibleContext

public AccessibleContext getAccessibleContext()
Gets the AccessibleContext associated with this JComboBox. For combo boxes, the AccessibleContext takes the form of an AccessibleJComboBox. A new AccessibleJComboBox instance is created if necessary.

Specified by:
getAccessibleContext in interface Accessible
Overrides:
getAccessibleContext in class JComponent
Returns:
an AccessibleJComboBox that serves as the AccessibleContext of this JComboBox

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