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Question: I need to open my JFrame from icon in taskbar (like date and time properties window). Which class offers this option.

Probably many Java developers noticed that there is no built-in way in Java to put an icon in a system taskbar beside to system clock. There were different tricks and tips how to go around with some external code, like Visual Basic, but I will point you more elegant way.

JDIC will let your Java application to have functionality as usual binary applications has when run from within the native desktop. JDIC contains a collection of Java tools and packages. With JDIC you get support of variety of features such as launching the desktop applications, embedding the native browser, creating tray icons on the desktop, registering file type associations, creating JNLP installer packages, etc.

You can find JDIC components implemented for Linux, Solaris and Windows.

Look at this code snippet. It creates the tray icon, it is such easy!


final TrayIcon trayIcon =
   new TrayIcon(getTrayIcon(), "Tray Demo", getPopupMenu());

trayIcon.addActionListener(new ActionListener(){
   public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {

The good news for you with JDIC tray support is that you use existing Swing code - javax.swing.JPopupMenu and the corresponding menu classes and event listeners, in addition to javax.swing.Icon.).

Another good feature in JDIC is Native File Support.

As you know, Java applications can not use default applications to open files. For example, a Java application can't open a .psd file in Photoshop or .doc file in Microsoft Word. Java applications have no info on where default (for certain file type) application resides on each machine. Also there's no easy way to print this .doc file from a Java application.

To solve this problem use the Desktop class. This class will let your Java application interact with system applications, which are built into the OS, because only the OS has a knowledge how .doc file can be opened and handled.


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