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Create JTabbedPane example

With this example we shall show you how to create a JTabbedPane component in a Java Desktop Application. This is a very important GUI component in a graphical application, because it lets you create very easy to use interfaces and enable the user to provide input to the application easily and all in all it’s quite an elegant way to create a GUI.

Basically to create a JTabbedPane component in Java, one should follow these steps:

  • Create a new JFrame.
  • Call frame.getContentPane().setLayout(new GridLayout(1, 1) to set up grid layout for the frame.
  • Use JTabbedPane(JTabbedPane.TOP) to get a JTabbedPane.
  • Use tabbedPane.addTab to add a tab.
  • Use frame.getContentPane().add(tabbedPane) to add the JTabbedPane to the frame

Let’s see the code:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.desktop;

import java.awt.GridLayout;
import java.awt.Label;

import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JTabbedPane;

public class CreateJTabbedPaneExample {

	private static void createAndShowGUI() {

		// Create and set up the window.
		final JFrame frame = new JFrame("Split Pane Example");

		// Display the window.
		frame.setSize(500, 300);
		frame.setVisible(true);
		frame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);

		// set grid layout for the frame
		frame.getContentPane().setLayout(new GridLayout(1, 1));

		JTabbedPane tabbedPane = new JTabbedPane(JTabbedPane.TOP);

		tabbedPane.addTab("Tab1", makePanel("This is tab 1"));
		tabbedPane.addTab("Tab2", makePanel("This is tab 2"));

		frame.getContentPane().add(tabbedPane);

	}

	private static JPanel makePanel(String text) {
		JPanel p = new JPanel();
		p.add(new Label(text));
		p.setLayout(new GridLayout(1, 1));
		return p;
	}

	public static void main(String[] args) {

  //Schedule a job for the event-dispatching thread:

  //creating and showing this application's GUI.

  javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {

public void run() {

    createAndShowGUI(); 

}

  });
    }

}

This was an example on how to create a JTabbedPane component in Java.

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