How to reduce space between JCheckboxes in GridLayout

I have three Java JCheckboxes in a column, arranged by setting the layout of the container JPanel to GridLayout(3, 1, 1, 1). When I run the program, there is too much vertical space between the JCheckBoxes; it looks like more than 1 pixel. Since I've already set the vertical space between the JCheckboxes in the layout to be 1 pixel, how else can I reduce the vertical space between these JCheckboxes?


Asked by: Sienna432 | Posted: 28-01-2022

Answer 1

I explored using GridLayout, BorderLayout, and GridBagLayout and I believe that any extra vertical space that is present in your application is due to the sizing of the JCheckBox component, not related to the layout manager. All of the examples below have no space between components in the layout manager.


//Changing to 3,1,1,0 makes slightly smaller (1 pixel) gap vertically 
GridLayout layout = new GridLayout( 3, 1, 1, 0 );
JPanel main = new JPanel( layout );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 1" ) );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 2" ) );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 3" ) );


GridBagConstraints gbc = new GridBagConstraints();
JPanel main = new JPanel( new GridBagLayout() );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 1" ), gbc );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 2" ), gbc );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 3" ), gbc );


JPanel main = new JPanel( new BorderLayout() );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 1" ), BorderLayout.NORTH );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 2" ), BorderLayout.CENTER );
main.add( new JCheckBox( "box 3" ), BorderLayout.SOUTH );

Answered by: Joyce576 | Posted: 01-03-2022

Answer 2

Does it help if you set the checkbox's border?

JCheckBox checkBox = new JCheckBox();

It may also be due to the Look & Feel's UI delegate's rendering. You typically have little control over this.

Answered by: Melanie481 | Posted: 01-03-2022

Answer 3

Thank you Steve and Alex. Both your responses were correct. By setting the border to an empty border, I was able to move the checkboxes closer.

Answered by: Edward105 | Posted: 01-03-2022

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