tnecniv tnecniv - 7 days ago 7
Java Question

How do I move my JMenuBar to the screen menu bar on Mac OS X?

When I move my

JMenuBar
to the screen menu bar on Mac OS X, it leaves some blank space where the menu would be in my window; I need to remove that space. I am using

System.setProperty("apple.laf.useScreenMenuBar", "true")


to move my
JMenuBar
to the screen menu bar. My friend who uses a Mac reports that this leaves some ugly vertical space where the menu would reside if I did not set that property. What is the best way to resolve this issue?

EDIT: Here is an example from my source:

public static void main(String[] args) {
System.setProperty("apple.laf.useScreenMenuBar", "true");
System.setProperty("com.apple.mrj.application.apple.menu.about.name", "Name");

JFrame frame = new JFrame("Gabby");
final DesktopMain dm = new DesktopMain();

frame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
frame.add(dm);
frame.setSize(160, 144);
frame.setLocationRelativeTo(null);
frame.setIgnoreRepaint(true);

JMenuBar menuBar = new JMenuBar();
JMenu fileMenu = new JMenu("File");
menuBar.add(fileMenu);

// Populating the menu bar code goes here

frame.setJMenuBar(menuBar);
frame.setVisible(true);
}

Answer

Depending on when it's done, setting the property after your program launches may be too late to be effective. Instead, add the setting at launch time.

java -Dapple.laf.useScreenMenuBar=true -jar MyApplication.jar

Alternatively, set the property in your application bundle's Info.plist, as discussed in Java Deployment Options for Mac OS X, Java Dictionary Info.plist Keys, About Info.plist Keys and Java Runtime System Properties.

<key>Properties</key>
<dict>
    <key>apple.laf.useScreenMenuBar</key>
    <string>true</string>
    ...
</dict>

Addendum: As shown below, the problem does not appear using the approach suggested by @Urs Reupke or myself. Your (missing) DesktopMain may be at fault.

Screen capture

import java.awt.Color;
import java.awt.Dimension;
import java.awt.EventQueue;
import javax.swing.BorderFactory;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JMenu;
import javax.swing.JMenuBar;
import javax.swing.JPanel;

/** @see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8955638 */
public class NewMain {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.setProperty("apple.laf.useScreenMenuBar", "true");
        System.setProperty(
            "com.apple.mrj.application.apple.menu.about.name", "Name");
        EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {

            @Override
            public void run() {

                JFrame frame = new JFrame("Gabby");
                final JPanel dm = new JPanel() {

                    @Override
                    public Dimension getPreferredSize() {
                        return new Dimension(320, 240);
                    }
                };
                dm.setBorder(BorderFactory.createLineBorder(Color.blue, 10));

                frame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
                frame.add(dm);
                frame.pack();
                frame.setLocationByPlatform(true);

                JMenuBar menuBar = new JMenuBar();
                JMenu fileMenu = new JMenu("File");
                menuBar.add(fileMenu);
                frame.setJMenuBar(menuBar);
                frame.setVisible(true);
            }
        });
    }
}
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