SWING: JCheckboxMenuItem Class Cheat Sheet

Following is the declaration for javax.swing.JCheckBoxMenuItem class

public class JCheckBoxMenuItem
   extends JMenuItem
      implements SwingConstants, Accessible

# Constructors

JCheckboxMenuItem()Creates an initially unselected checkbox menu item with no set text or icon.
JCheckboxMenuItem(Action a)Creates a menu item whose properties are taken from the Action supplied.
JCheckboxMenuItem(Icon icon)Creates an initially unselected checkbox menu item with an icon.
JCheckboxMenuItem(String text)Creates an initially unselected checkbox menu item with text.
JCheckboxMenuItem(String text, boolean b)Creates a checkbox menu item with the specified text and selection state.
JCheckboxMenuItem(String text, Icon icon)Creates an initially unselected checkbox menu item with the specified text and icon.
JCheckboxMenuItem(String text, Icon icon, boolean b)Creates a checkbox menu item with the specified text, icon, and selection state.

# Methods

AccessibleContext getAccessibleContext()Gets the AccessibleContext associated with this JCheckBoxMenuItem.
Object[] getSelectedObjects()Returns an array (length 1) containing the checkbox menu item label or null if the checkbox is not selected.
boolean getState()Returns the selected-state of the item.
String getUIClassID()Returns the name of the L&F class that renders this component.
protected String paramString()Returns a string representation of this JCheckBoxMenuItem.
void setState(boolean b)Sets the selected-state of the item.

# Methods Inherited

  • javax.swing.JMenuItem
  • javax.swing.JAbstractButton
  • javax.swing.JComponent
  • java.awt.Container
  • java.awt.Component
  • java.lang.Object

# JCheckboxMenuItem Example

SwingMenuDemo.java

package com.simplecheatsheet.gui;

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;

public class SwingMenuDemo {
   private JFrame mainFrame;
   private JLabel headerLabel;
   private JLabel statusLabel;
   private JPanel controlPanel; 

   public SwingMenuDemo(){
      prepareGUI();
   }
   public static void main(String[] args){
      SwingMenuDemo  swingMenuDemo = new SwingMenuDemo();     
      swingMenuDemo.showMenuDemo();
   }
   private void prepareGUI(){
      mainFrame = new JFrame("Java SWING Examples");
      mainFrame.setSize(400,400);
      mainFrame.setLayout(new GridLayout(3, 1));

      headerLabel = new JLabel("",JLabel.CENTER );
      statusLabel = new JLabel("",JLabel.CENTER);        
      statusLabel.setSize(350,100);
      
      mainFrame.addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
         public void windowClosing(WindowEvent windowEvent){
            System.exit(0);
         }        
      });    
      controlPanel = new JPanel();
      controlPanel.setLayout(new FlowLayout());

      mainFrame.add(headerLabel);
      mainFrame.add(controlPanel);
      mainFrame.add(statusLabel);
      mainFrame.setVisible(true);  
   }
   private void showMenuDemo(){
      //create a menu bar
      final JMenuBar menuBar = new JMenuBar();

      //create menus
      JMenu fileMenu = new JMenu("File");
      JMenu editMenu = new JMenu("Edit"); 
      final JMenu aboutMenu = new JMenu("About");
      final JMenu linkMenu = new JMenu("Links");
     
      //create menu items
      JMenuItem newMenuItem = new JMenuItem("New");
      newMenuItem.setMnemonic(KeyEvent.VK_N);
      newMenuItem.setActionCommand("New");

      JMenuItem openMenuItem = new JMenuItem("Open");
      openMenuItem.setActionCommand("Open");

      JMenuItem saveMenuItem = new JMenuItem("Save");
      saveMenuItem.setActionCommand("Save");

      JMenuItem exitMenuItem = new JMenuItem("Exit");
      exitMenuItem.setActionCommand("Exit");

      JMenuItem cutMenuItem = new JMenuItem("Cut");
      cutMenuItem.setActionCommand("Cut");

      JMenuItem copyMenuItem = new JMenuItem("Copy");
      copyMenuItem.setActionCommand("Copy");

      JMenuItem pasteMenuItem = new JMenuItem("Paste");
      pasteMenuItem.setActionCommand("Paste");

      MenuItemListener menuItemListener = new MenuItemListener();

      newMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);
      openMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);
      saveMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);
      exitMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);
      cutMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);
      copyMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);
      pasteMenuItem.addActionListener(menuItemListener);

      final JCheckBoxMenuItem showWindowMenu = new JCheckBoxMenuItem(
         "Show About", true);
      showWindowMenu.addItemListener(new ItemListener() {
         public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {
            
            if(showWindowMenu.getState()){
               menuBar.add(aboutMenu);
            } else {
               menuBar.remove(aboutMenu);
            }
         }
      });
      final JRadioButtonMenuItem showLinksMenu = new JRadioButtonMenuItem(
         "Show Links", true);
      
      showLinksMenu.addItemListener(new ItemListener() {
         public void itemStateChanged(ItemEvent e) {
            
            if(menuBar.getMenu(3)!= null){
               menuBar.remove(linkMenu);
               mainFrame.repaint();
            } else {                   
               menuBar.add(linkMenu);
               mainFrame.repaint();
            }
         }
      });
      //add menu items to menus
      fileMenu.add(newMenuItem);
      fileMenu.add(openMenuItem);
      fileMenu.add(saveMenuItem);
      fileMenu.addSeparator();
      fileMenu.add(showWindowMenu);
      fileMenu.addSeparator();
      fileMenu.add(showLinksMenu);       
      fileMenu.addSeparator();
      fileMenu.add(exitMenuItem);        
      editMenu.add(cutMenuItem);
      editMenu.add(copyMenuItem);
      editMenu.add(pasteMenuItem);

      //add menu to menubar
      menuBar.add(fileMenu);
      menuBar.add(editMenu);
      menuBar.add(aboutMenu);       
      menuBar.add(linkMenu);

      //add menubar to the frame
      mainFrame.setJMenuBar(menuBar);
      mainFrame.setVisible(true);     
   }
   class MenuItemListener implements ActionListener {
      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {            
         statusLabel.setText(e.getActionCommand() + " JMenuItem clicked.");
      }    
   }
}

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