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Just so I'm understanding this correctly, you've got a long and then a short text field on the first line, then a single, long text field on each of the next two lines, followed by long and short text fields on the next lines? To do this, you'd probably be best off creating nested panels. So, the top line with two text fields would be a single panel which could be added to the top row in the GridBag. Then the second and third lines could be added just by adding the longer text field, then new panels added for the remaining rows. Either that, or create a table with seven rows and two columns, and set the gridwidth to be two for the second and third rows, and gridwidth to be one for the other rows. I think that would work also... Hope this helps. -tim