SWING: KeyAdapter Class Cheat Sheet

Following is the declaration for java.awt.event.KeyAdapter class

public abstract class KeyAdapter
   extends Object
      implements KeyListener
# Constructors

KeyAdapter()

# Methods
void keyPressed(KeyEvent e)Invoked when a key has been pressed.
void keyReleased(KeyEvent e)Invoked when a key has been released.
void keyTyped(KeyEvent e)Invoked when a key has been typed.
# Methods Inherited
  • java.lang.Object
# KeyAdapter Example

SwingAdapterDemo.java

package com.simplecheatsheet.gui;

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

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

   public SwingAdapterDemo(){
      prepareGUI();
   }
   public static void main(String[] args){
      SwingAdapterDemo  swingAdapterDemo = new SwingAdapterDemo();        
      swingAdapterDemo.showKeyAdapterDemo();
   }
   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 showKeyAdapterDemo(){
      headerLabel.setText("Listener in action: KeyAdapter");      
      final JTextField textField = new JTextField(10);
      
      textField.addKeyListener(new KeyAdapter() {
         public void keyPressed(KeyEvent e) {                
            if(e.getKeyCode() == KeyEvent.VK_ENTER){
               statusLabel.setText("Entered text: "+ textField.getText());
            }
         }        
      });
      JButton okButton = new JButton("OK");
      okButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {
         public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {
            statusLabel.setText("Entered text: "+ textField.getText());                
         }
      });
      controlPanel.add(textField);
      controlPanel.add(okButton);    
      mainFrame.setVisible(true);  
   }
}

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