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Boxlayout

BoxLayout is a Java Swing layout manager that allows multiple components to be laid out either vertically or horizontally.

Gridbaglayout

The GridBagLayout is a flexible Java Swing layout manager that aligns components vertically, horizontally or along their baseline without requiring that the components be of the same size



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While gridbaglayout gives you finer control and lets you diverge from a standard grid for example to do what you might do with rowspan or colspan in html;boxlayout is useful for a single row or single column

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Which layout manager is best suited for rows and columns representation

Boxlayout is almost as easy;gridbaglayout is more powerful allowing more than one column components spanning more than one cell .

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How do i get vertical scrolling to JPanel?

Although madprogrammers comment to use a gridbaglayout is an easier solution but knowing about glue and struts can be helpful for customizing the layout of a boxlayout

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How to Center JButtons in a centered JLabel in a BoxLayout?

Boxlayout is far easier than gridbaglayout because you don t have to learn how to specify constraints

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A java sidebar with GridBagLayout

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