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Quick tabbedpane switching w/o sacrifying mnemonics

Posted by herkules on September 8, 2005 at 3:51 AM PDT

Having JTabbedPanes
with many tabs can be awkward concerning keyboard usage. Per-tab mnemonics are not really an option because they really limit the number of available mnemonics for the tabs own valuable content!




Facing this problem, I created the TabSwitcher utility applicable to any JTabbedPane:

new TabSwitcher(tabbedpane, KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_T, KeyEvent.ALT_DOWN_MASK)); TabSwitcher will automatically pop up when the given KeyStroke occurs on the JTabbedPane. It reflects the current number of tabs with their resp. titles and icons, computes a reasonable set of mnemonics and offers them as a JPopupMenu right at the position of the currently selected tab.





For the usage is mnemonic-like, I suggest to use an ALT-combination for the KeyStroke (Alt-T in my sample above).




screenshot




Find the sourcecode here and a usage sample here.

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