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Prevent an Application Window or Component from gaining focus

With example we are going to see how to prevent a window and a graphical object from gaining focus in a Java Desktop Application.

This is very simple, as the only thing you have to do is:

  • Call setFocusable(false) to prevent a component from gaining focus.
  • Call setFocusableWindowState(false) to prevent a window from gaining focus.
  • Call getCurrentKeyboardFocusManager().clearGlobalFocusOwner() to remove the focus from the application.

Let’s see the code snippets that follow:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.Button;
import java.awt.Component;
import java.awt.Frame;
import java.awt.KeyboardFocusManager;
import java.awt.TextArea;

public class FocusPrevention {

  public static void main(String[] args) {

// Create frame with specific title

Frame frame = new Frame("Example Frame");

// Create a component to add to the frame; in this case a text area with sample text

Component textArea = new TextArea("Sample text...");

// Create a component to add to the frame; in this case a button

Component button = new Button("Click Me!!");

// Add the components to the frame; by default, the frame has a border layout

frame.add(textArea, BorderLayout.NORTH);

frame.add(button, BorderLayout.SOUTH);

// prevent the button from gaining the focus


// prevent the window from gaining the focus


// Remove the focus from the application


// Show the frame

int width = 300;

int height = 300;

frame.setSize(width, height);




This was an example on how to prevent an Application Window or Component from gaining focus.

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