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Using images within a JPanel

 
Shane Lilly
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Hi,
I am drawing a menu bar on the side of a canvas. I have a series of JLabels describing what various key strokes do.
However below this I would like to draw a key showing what colours in the canvas represent.
Is there any way that I have do something where I have a small image then beside it some text describing what the color represents?
Say the box below is the JPanel...

|----------------�
|<image><JLabel> |
|<image><JLabel> |
|<image><JLabel> |
|<image><JLabel> |
| |
| |
| |
|_________________|
This is the effect that I would like to get.
Thanks.
 
Nathan Pruett
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You can make the icon yourself by just by making a class that implements Icon and takes a Color, and just paints a rectangle of that color in the paintIcon() method. JLabels can have both text and an Icon, so you can just set them both in a JLabel. The default is for the icon to be on the left of the text on the label, so you won't have to mess with setting any of that differently.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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