Donotello Donotello - 2 months ago 8x
Java Question

How to specify Jlist width?

I want to specify fixed width of my JList

I followed example provided by Gilbert Le Blanc 22k

getContentPane().setLayout(new BoxLayout(getContentPane(), BoxLayout.X_AXIS));
Panel panel = new JPanel();

String [] queries = {"a", "b", "a", "b" , "a", "b", "a", "b"};
panel.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
JList list = new JList(queries);
list.setMaximumSize(new Dimension(200, 200)); // this line does not do the job
list.setMinimumSize (new Dimension (200,200));
JScrollPane scrollPane_1 = new JScrollPane(list);
panel.add(scrollPane_1 , BorderLayout.CENTER);

But this does not force the size to be
200 200
. I need the width of the
to be 200


No, don't set the size of the JList which is already added to JScrollpane. Because JList has an implemented function getPreferredScrollableViewportSize() which computes preferable viewport size by computing cell width and cell height it contains. Let the JScrollPane to handle that. If require, you try adding JScrollPane's dimension. However, to control the item display number and orientation, you can use:

  • setLayoutOrientation which lets the list display its data in multiple columns. The value:

    1. JList.HORIZONTAL_WRAP: specifies that the list should display its items from left to right before wrapping to a new row.
    2. JList.VERTICAL_WRAP: which specifies that the data be displayed from top to bottom (as usual) before wrapping to a new column.
  • setVisibleRowCount(-1) makes the list display the maximum number of items possible in the available space onscreen. Another common use of setVisibleRowCount is to specify to the lists's scroll pane how many rows the list prefers to display.

Check out: How to Use List for Demo and examples.