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JTable starts editing when F3 is pressed - howto disable?

843807 Member Posts: 46,582
edited Sep 7, 2010 9:07AM in Swing

I would like to add some shortcuts to my application (F3, F4, F5, ...), however when the JTable has focus and JTable's cursor is on a editable cell, it starts the editing process.
Is there a way to tell the JTable to "ignore" some keys?

Thank you in advance, Clemens


  • 843807
    843807 Member Posts: 46,582
    Use JComponent.getInputMap(int condition).remove(KeyStroke).

    There are pitfalls in removing/changing the default action of KeyStrokes. Users may be surprised/upset if they are used to using a KeyStroke that you have changed. Also, the registered KeyStrokes are not going to be consistent across LookAndFeels.
  • 843807
    843807 Member Posts: 46,582
    Hi Aephyr,
    Use JComponent.getInputMap(int condition).remove(KeyStroke).
    Thats exactly what I've tried before, but it doesn't work - as soon as I press F3 editing starts :/

    I also tried registering a dummy action, to replace what might be there :
    	AbstractAction disabled = new AbstractAction()
    	    public boolean isEnabled() { return false; } 
    	    public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) { }
    	getInputMap(JComponent.WHEN_ANCESTOR_OF_FOCUSED_COMPONENT).put(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_F3, 0), "none");
    	getInputMap(JComponent.WHEN_FOCUSED).put(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_F3, 0), "none");
    	getInputMap(JComponent.WHEN_IN_FOCUSED_WINDOW).put(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_F3, 0), "none");
    	getActionMap().put("none", disabled);
    Any idea why JTable behaves so different from all other components in this case?

    Thank you in advance, Clemens
    getInputMap(JComponent.WHEN_ANCESTOR_OF_FOCUSED_COMPONENT).remove(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_F3, 0));
    getInputMap(JComponent.WHEN_FOCUSED).remove(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_F3, 0));
    getInputMap(JComponent.WHEN_IN_FOCUSED_WINDOW).remove(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_F3, 0));
  • walterln
    walterln Member Posts: 2,302
    edited Sep 7, 2010 5:01AM
    It behaves differently because it tries to pass key strokes to the editor and overrides processKeyBinding to that end. Try:
    import java.awt.EventQueue;
    import java.awt.event.KeyEvent;
    import java.util.EventObject;
    import javax.swing.JFrame;
    import javax.swing.JScrollPane;
    import javax.swing.JTable;
    import javax.swing.table.DefaultTableModel;
    public class TestJTable {
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
                public void run() {
                    JTable table = new JTable(new DefaultTableModel(1, 1)) {
                        public boolean editCellAt(int row, int column, EventObject e) {
                            if (e instanceof KeyEvent) {
                                int code = ((KeyEvent) e).getKeyCode();
                                int start = KeyEvent.VK_F1;
                                int end = KeyEvent.VK_F21;
                                if (code != KeyEvent.VK_F2
                                        && code >= start && code <= end) {
                                    return false;
                            return super.editCellAt(row, column, e);
                    JFrame frame = new JFrame("Test");
                    frame.getContentPane().add(new JScrollPane(table));
    Actually JTable does check if the key press triggers an action, but that means it only works if you install the key binding on the table input map with WHEN_ANCESTOR_OF_FOCUSED_COMPONENT.
  • 843807
    843807 Member Posts: 46,582
    Thanks Walter :)

    I decided not to use function keys, but Ctrl+N/U.., so I now simply check wether the CTRL-Bit is set in the modifiers.
    Works like a charm, thanks you very much again.

    - Clemens
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