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Using images within a JPanel

Shane Lilly

Joined: Feb 20, 2004
Posts: 18
I am drawing a menu bar on the side of a canvas. I have a series of JLabels describing what various key strokes do.
However below this I would like to draw a key showing what colours in the canvas represent.
Is there any way that I have do something where I have a small image then beside it some text describing what the color represents?
Say the box below is the JPanel...

|<image><JLabel> |
|<image><JLabel> |
|<image><JLabel> |
|<image><JLabel> |
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This is the effect that I would like to get.
Nathan Pruett

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
Posts: 4121

You can make the icon yourself by just by making a class that implements Icon and takes a Color, and just paints a rectangle of that color in the paintIcon() method. JLabels can have both text and an Icon, so you can just set them both in a JLabel. The default is for the icon to be on the left of the text on the label, so you won't have to mess with setting any of that differently.

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