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Language: AWT
Expertise: Beginner
Jan 11, 1999

Button resizing

Question:
How do I force a java.awt.Button to resize to the size I want, instead of packing according to the size of its string label? I tried button.setSize(x,y) but it didn't work.

Answer:
The easiest way to force the size of the button when packed is to subclass Button and override the getPreferredSize() method. However, it's not the most elegant solution. You should change your container's layout manager to one better suited for fixed placement. The most extreme solution is to set the layout manager to null and use setLocation() to explicitly place your button and setSize() to explicitly size it.

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