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Karen Baog
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If I create a JTextArea, and type something, then how do I copy the text into another JTextArea?

Also, how do I save the text in the JTextArea into a text file?

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Michael Dunn
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for file reading/writing
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James Carman
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Joined: Feb 20, 2001
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Do you mean you want the second text area to reflect at all times what's in the original text area? You can install a javax.swing.event.DocumentListener on the first text area's document to do that. Again, you just have to copy the text value of the first into the second as Michael Dunn showed before.

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Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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Moving to our Swing forum...

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