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Adding a global keylistener

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I already posted this in the AWT/SWING forum and then figured it was better suited here in APPLETS. So I apologize in advance for the double posting.
How do I add a "global" Keylistener to my GUI.
My main GUI extends FRAME and then upon creation of my GUI I create a bunch of panels and a message area. How do I add a keylistener that will run whenever a key is hit.
I tried doing things like:
this.addKeyListener(new KeyboardListener);
They all compile fine but the listener never runs. The best I can do is add listeners to buttons or message areas that I know will be selected at certain points in time. But that seems ineffecient. I want a listener to be always active no matter what in my frame has focus.
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hi Eric
does JDC Techtip link mention what u r tryin to do..
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