Generate MouseEvent
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Posted By:   A_KM
Posted On:   Wednesday, January 29, 2003 06:39 AM

Well, can anybody tell me how to generate a custom MouseEvent. I want my app to perform a mouse click at certain position, e.g. hyperlink in webpage. Is it possible?
I can create mouseEvent, but how to fire it?

Re: Generate MouseEvent

Posted By:   Bahman_Barzideh  
Posted On:   Wednesday, January 29, 2003 07:59 AM

Technically it is possible to simulate a mouse event. But I am not sure
it is a particularly good idea (more on that later). You can do what you
are trying to do by abusing the processMouseEvent ()
in Container. Here is some psuedo-code:

public class BadIdea extends JButton {

public BadIdea () {

// some code


public void simulateMouseClick () {

MouseEvent event = new MouseEvent (this, MouseEvent.MOUSE_CLICKED,
System.currentTimeMillis (), 0, 0, 0, 1, false);
// the first 2 params would be as here, you figure out the rest

processMouseEvent (event);


calling simulateMouseClick should simulate a MOUSE_CLICK, a similar function could be
developed to simulate a MOUSE_PRESSED, etc.

Having said all this, I don't think you should write such code. My
primary argument is that I believe processMouseEvent () is
a protected method as a side-effect not by design (the JFC/AWT
designers has no choice but to make this routine protected).
If this is so, the routine can change/disappear without notice in a future

A further reason is that mouse events are quite complex. You usually
don't just have a MOUSE_CLICK event. There would be a
MOUSE_PRESS, a MOUSE_RELEASE, and a MOUSE_CLICK for a single click (not to mention mouse motion events).

My suggestion would be to design your app so that you can use a more
robust mechanism. For example, you mention "hyperlink clicks". You
may want to look into The JTextPane class. It has a rich
set of features for supporting text and has built-in support for

Hope this is of some help.
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