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Keyboard shortcuts for 'Menu bars in an Applet' not working!!

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I am trying to have shortcuts to the menu bar items which is part of an applet.
The first time the focus is on Applet, if I use (ALT + key) together, my menu is selected properly
If I press just ALT, IE menu gets the focus and now (ALT + key) stops working for my menu.
I have a JInternalFrame in the applet which internally contains JTable. If I select a cell in the table, (ALT+key) starts working but clicking on anywhere else on the internalframe doesn't help. Even clicking on a cell doesn't help the purpose of having keyborad shortcuts since mouse has to be used.
The related problem I get is that if the cell is selected in the table and I press (ALT + key), my menu item gets selected but also the cell goes in edit mode. I don't want this to happen and want to disable ell editing on ALt+keydown

IS there any way to circumvent this problem?

Please Help!!!
Rohini Juneja
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I have checked the following message thread

I understand, If I am not focussed on my applet, IE menus will be invoked.
But once I have the focus on my applet, the menus work only when I press ALT and the desired key (e.g S) together. If I press just ALT, the focus is lost from my applet. 'File' on IE menu is highlighted. If I do ESC, ALT+S doesn't work???
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