14.11. The JToolBar Component

Swing provides a nice new component not available in the AWT: JToolBar. In the most basic use, JToolBar is little more than a JPanel acting as a container to hold small buttons. However, the main distinction is that JToolBar is dockable (or floatable), meaning that a JToolBar can be dragged out of the original window and kept as a stand-alone window. A JToolBar can also be dragged back into the window or, if originally located at the top, can even be moved to the side of the window.

To build a JToolBar, you simply call the empty constructor (for a horizontal toolbar) or pass in JToolBar.VERTICAL. You typically place a horizontal toolbar in the NORTH or SOUTH region of a container that uses BorderLayout, and a vertical ...

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