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Default How a Specific word in JTextArea can be selected

   i want help that how a specific word in JTextArea is selected means highlighted, as in most text editor after finding a specific word occurs. if any body know tell me and thanks for this.

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Assuming your JTextArea is called display:

public void findText(String findThis)
    //Find the specified string, and highlight it
    /**@post findThis is highlighted if found in text area
       @param String findThis - the String to find*/
        int currentPos=display.getCaretPosition();
        int docLength=getText().length();
        if(getText().indexOf(findThis,currentPos+1)>-1) {
            display.setCaretPosition(getText().indexOf(findThi s,currentPos+1));
            setSelectedText(display.getCaretPosition(), ( display.getCaretPosition() + findThis.length() ) );
        else {
            if(getText().indexOf(findThis)>-1) {
                display.setCaretPosition(getText().indexOf(findThi s));
                setSelectedText(display.getCaretPosition(), ( display.getCaretPosition() + findThis.length() ) );

(more context on this method at: http://www.charlieharvey.com/java/source/NotePad.java )


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