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There seems to be a couple of threads already out there on this topic, but I haven't found a resolution that works for me. I currently have a JFrame that has a BorderLayout Layout Manager. In the center area, I add a JSplitPane called mainArea. Finally, I add a navigationPane in the left area of the mainArea.

I have a view -> navigation menu item that should toggle whether the navigationPane is visible. Initially, the navigation menu is not visible. When I select the navigation menu item the first time, the navigation panel becomes visible. When I select the navigation menu item a second time, the navigation panel becomes invisible. Everything works great up to this point.
When I select the navigation menu a third time, nothing happens. The navigation panel should be visible, but nothing happens until I physically drag the split pane divider. I have tried invalidating and then repainting, but it doesn't work.
Any suggestions?
 
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Instead of using the setVisible command, I tried removing and adding the component to the container and that seems to work. Nevertheless, I am sure that I will come across this issue again some day. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Any thoughts?
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Terry,
did you also try validateTree() of the JFrame? This is a bit better than calling repaint.
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I haven't tried validateTree() yet. I'll see what happens.
 
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That works! But why? Isn't validate/invalidate/revaliate supposed to go through the children components?
 
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