The Java™ Tutorials
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Trail: Creating a GUI with Swing
Lesson: Modifying the Look and Feel

Modifying the Look and Feel: Examples

The table that follows lists every example in the Modifying the Look and Feel lesson, with links to required files and to where each example is discussed. The first column of the table has links to JNLP files that let you run the examples using Java™ Web Start.

NOTE: Release 7.0 is required to run all applets and Java Web Start examples. Most examples will run on an earlier release but you must compile and run them locally.

To run an example using Java Web Start, click the [Launch] link in the first column of the table. The first time you run an example, there will be a delay while Java Web Start downloads the JAR file containing the class files for this lesson's examples. Afterward, the examples should execute more quickly.

Compiling and Running the Examples Locally

The second column in the table below has links to zip files for each demo that you can open and run in the NetBeans IDE. Refer to Running Tutorial Examples in NetBeans IDE for more information.

If you download an individual example, take care to have all the necessary files in the proper hierarchy when you compile and run it. All of the examples in the Swing tutorial are placed in a package. For example, the components examples are placed in a components package. See the following image for the complete structure. Note that any examples using images expect their image files to be in a directory named images that is in the same directory as the example's src files.

You can find out which files each example needs by consulting the following table or by looking at the comments at the beginning of each source file.

Table of Examples

Example Zip File
(contains all files necessary for the example plus NetBeans IDE project metadata)
Source Files (first file has the main method, except for examples that run only as applets) Image & Other Files Where Described
LookAndFeelDemo Look and Feel Demo Project
   How to Set the Look and Feel
SynthApplication [Launch] Synth Application Project    The Synth Look and Feel
SynthDialog [Launch] Synth Dialog Project    A Synth Example

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