GWT - ScrollPanel Widget



The ScrollPanel widget represents a simple panel that wraps its contents in a scrollable area.

Class Declaration

Following is the declaration for class −

public class ScrollPanel
   extends SimplePanel
      implements SourcesScrollEvents, HasScrollHandlers,
         RequiresResize, ProvidesResize

Class Constructors

Sr.No. Constructor & Description


Creates an empty scroll panel.


ScrollPanel(Widget child)

Creates a new scroll panel with the given child widget.

Class Methods

Sr.No. Function name & Description

HandlerRegistration addScrollHandler(ScrollHandler handler)

Adds a ScrollEvent handler.


void addScrollListener(ScrollListener listener)

Deprecated. Use addScrollHandler( instead


void ensureVisible(UIObject item)

Ensures that the specified item is visible, by adjusting the panel's scroll position.


protected Element getContainerElement()

Override this method to specify that an element other than the root element be the container for the panel's child widget.


int getHorizontalScrollPosition()

Gets the horizontal scroll position.


int getScrollPosition()

Gets the vertical scroll position.


void onResize()

This method must be called whenever the implementor's size has been modified.


void removeScrollListener(ScrollListener listener)

Deprecated. Use the HandlerRegistration.removeHandler() method on the object returned by addScrollHandler( instead


void scrollToBottom()

Scroll to the bottom of this panel.


void scrollToLeft()

Scroll to the far left of this panel.


void scrollToRight()

Scroll to the far right of this panel.


void scrollToTop()

Scroll to the top of this panel.


void setAlwaysShowScrollBars(boolean alwaysShow)

Sets whether this panel always shows its scroll bars, or only when necessary.


void setHeight(java.lang.String height)

Sets the object's height.


void setHorizontalScrollPosition(int position)

Sets the horizontal scroll position.


void setScrollPosition(int position)

Sets the vertical scroll position.


void setSize(java.lang.String width, java.lang.String height)

Sets the object's size.


void setWidth(java.lang.String width)

Sets the object's width.

Methods Inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes −





  • java.lang.Object

ScrollPanel Widget Example

This example will take you through simple steps to show usage of a ScrollPanel Widget in GWT. Follow the following steps to update the GWT application we created in GWT - Create Application chapter −

Step Description
1 Create a project with a name HelloWorld under a package com.tutorialspoint as explained in the GWT - Create Application chapter.
2 Modify HelloWorld.gwt.xml, HelloWorld.css, HelloWorld.html and as explained below. Keep rest of the files unchanged.
3 Compile and run the application to verify the result of the implemented logic.

Following is the content of the modified module descriptor src/com.tutorialspoint/HelloWorld.gwt.xml.

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>
<module rename-to = 'helloworld'>
   <!-- Inherit the core Web Toolkit stuff.                        -->
   <inherits name = ''/>

   <!-- Inherit the default GWT style sheet.                       -->
   <inherits name = ''/>

   <!-- Specify the app entry point class.                         -->
   <entry-point class = 'com.tutorialspoint.client.HelloWorld'/>

   <!-- Specify the paths for translatable code                    -->
   <source path = 'client'/>
   <source path = 'shared'/>


Following is the content of the modified Style Sheet file war/HelloWorld.css.

body {
   text-align: center;
   font-family: verdana, sans-serif;

h1 {
   font-size: 2em;
   font-weight: bold;
   color: #777777;
   margin: 40px 0px 70px;
   text-align: center;

Following is the content of the modified HTML host file war/HelloWorld.html.

      <title>Hello World</title>
      <link rel = "stylesheet" href = "HelloWorld.css"/>
      <script language = "javascript" src = "helloworld/helloworld.nocache.js">

      <h1>ScrollPanel Widget Demonstration</h1>
      <div id = "gwtContainer"></div>

Let us have following content of Java file src/com.tutorialspoint/ which will demonstrate use of ScrollPanel widget.

package com.tutorialspoint.client;


public class HelloWorld implements EntryPoint {

   public void onModuleLoad() {
      // Create scrollable text 
      HTML contents = new HTML("This is a ScrollPanel."
         +" By putting some fairly large contents in the middle"
         +" and setting its size explicitly, it becomes a scrollable area"
         +" within the page, but without requiring the use of an IFRAME."
         +" Here's quite a bit more meaningless text that will serve primarily"
         +" to make this thing scroll off the bottom of its visible area."
         +" Otherwise, you might have to make it really, really"
         +" small in order to see the nifty scroll bars!");

      //create scrollpanel with content
      ScrollPanel scrollPanel = new ScrollPanel(contents);
      scrollPanel.setSize("400px", "100px");

      DecoratorPanel decoratorPanel = new DecoratorPanel();


      // Add the widgets to the root panel.

Once you are ready with all the changes done, let us compile and run the application in development mode as we did in GWT - Create Application chapter. If everything is fine with your application, this will produce following result −

GWT ScrollPanel Widget