a sandwhich a sandwhich - 1 year ago 68
Java Question

Detect enter press in JTextField

Is it possible to detect when someone presses Enter while typing in a JTextField in java? Without having to create a button and set it as the default.

Answer Source

A JTextField was designed to use an ActionListener just like a JButton is. See the addActionListener() method of JTextField.

For example:

Action action = new AbstractAction()
{
    @Override
    public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
    {
        System.out.println("some action");
    }
};

JTextField textField = new JTextField(10);
textField.addActionListener( action );

Now the event is fired when the Enter key is used.

Also, an added benefit is that you can share the listener with a button even if you don't want to make the button a default button.

JButton button = new JButton("Do Something");
button.addActionListener( action );

Note, this example uses an Action, which implements ActionListener because Action is a newer API with addition features. For example you could disable the Action which would disable the event for both the text field and the button.

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