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Wrapping a JTable in a JXLayer stops the Page Up and Page Down keys from working.

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Joined: 2007-07-13

If I wrap a JTable in a JXLayer and then add the layer to a scroll pane, everything works as expected apart from when I try to Page Up or Page Down.

Nothing happens.

Is this a bug or do I need to add something else to the layer?

Thanks, Nick.


Looking into the code, I see in BasicTableUI there is a check on line 406 (java 6 update 24) that goes:

if (!(table.getParent().getParent() instanceof JScrollPane)) {return;}

and this is what is causing the problem. Ouch, I guess I'll have to define my own action.


Looking at the source for JDK 7 I see the same code is there as well. This means it won't work with the JLayer component.

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Joined: 2007-07-13

OK, as this turns out to be not a JXLayer problem there's no point answering here. I'm going to file a bug against Java 7 and see what happens.

For anyone who might come across this, here is how I got around it: (code is in scala but same goes for java)

override the getParent method on your JTable like so:


val className = "javax.swing.plaf.basic.BasicTableUI$Actions"

val methodName = "actionPerformed"

override def getParent:Container = {

val stackElement = Thread.currentThread().getStackTrace()(2)

if (stackElement.getClassName == className && stackElement.getMethodName == methodName) {


} else {




nasty hack which I'm quite proud of... not done one of those for a long time :)