Java – JButton expanding to take up entire frame/container

javajbuttonjframeswinguser-interface

Hey everyone. I'm trying to make a swing GUI with a button and a label on it. im using a border layout and the label ( in the north field ) shows up fine, but the button takes up the rest of the frame (it's in the center field). any idea how to fix this?

Best Solution

You have to add the button to another panel, and then add that panel to the frame.

It turns out the BorderLayout expands what ever component is in the middle

Your code should look like this now:

Before

public static void main( String [] args ) {
    JLabel label = new JLabel("Some info");
    JButton button = new JButton("Ok");

    JFrame frame = ... 

    frame.add( label, BorderLayout.NORTH );
    frame.add( button , BorderLayout.CENTER );
    ....

}

Change it to something like this:

public static void main( String [] args ) {
    JLabel label = new JLabel("Some info");
    JButton button = new JButton("Ok");
    JPanel panel = new JPanel();
     panel.add( button );

    JFrame frame = ... 

    frame.add( label, BorderLayout.NORTH );
    frame.add( panel , BorderLayout.CENTER);
    ....

}

Before/After

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