I have created a form in netbeans with two radio buttons in a button group with a text box. Box 1 = Yes Box 2 = No when form loads no is already selected. I want the text box to be ivisible until user selects yes. but everything I have tried is not working. I put this in the form init part txtMajorAmt.setVisible(false); did not work. But after everything is loaded if I click on yes then no it starts working correct. any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

everything I have tried is not working.

Could you make a small, simple complete program that compiles, executes and shows the problem?

ok this is almost like the code in my program:

package javaapp;

/**
 *
 * @author J. R. Gillispie
 */
public class NewJFrame extends javax.swing.JFrame {

    /**
     * Creates new form NewJFrame
     */
    public NewJFrame() {
        initComponents();
        txtMajorAmt.setVisible(false);
    }

    /**
     * This method is called from within the constructor to initialize the form.
     * WARNING: Do NOT modify this code. The content of this method is always
     * regenerated by the Form Editor.
     */
    @SuppressWarnings("unchecked")
    // <editor-fold defaultstate="collapsed" desc="Generated Code">
    private void initComponents() {

        buttonGroup1 = new javax.swing.ButtonGroup();
        btnYes = new javax.swing.JRadioButton();
        btnNo = new javax.swing.JRadioButton();
        txtMajorAmt = new javax.swing.JTextField();

        setDefaultCloseOperation(javax.swing.WindowConstants.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);

        buttonGroup1.add(btnYes);
        btnYes.setText("Yes");
        btnYes.addItemListener(new java.awt.event.ItemListener() {
            public void itemStateChanged(java.awt.event.ItemEvent evt) {
                btnYesItemStateChanged(evt);
            }
        });
        btnYes.addActionListener(new java.awt.event.ActionListener() {
            public void actionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
                btnYesActionPerformed(evt);
            }
        });

        buttonGroup1.add(btnNo);
        btnNo.setSelected(true);
        btnNo.setText("No");
        btnNo.setActionCommand("No");
        btnNo.addItemListener(new java.awt.event.ItemListener() {
            public void itemStateChanged(java.awt.event.ItemEvent evt) {
                btnNoItemStateChanged(evt);
            }
        });
        btnNo.addActionListener(new java.awt.event.ActionListener() {
            public void actionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
                btnNoActionPerformed(evt);
            }
        });

        txtMajorAmt.setText("  ");

        javax.swing.GroupLayout layout = new javax.swing.GroupLayout(getContentPane());
        getContentPane().setLayout(layout);
        layout.setHorizontalGroup(
            layout.createParallelGroup(javax.swing.GroupLayout.Alignment.LEADING)
            .addGroup(layout.createSequentialGroup()
                .addGap(25, 25, 25)
                .addGroup(layout.createParallelGroup(javax.swing.GroupLayout.Alignment.LEADING)
                    .addComponent(btnYes)
                    .addGroup(layout.createSequentialGroup()
                        .addComponent(btnNo)
                        .addGap(103, 103, 103)
                        .addComponent(txtMajorAmt, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE, 73, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE)))
                .addContainerGap(160, Short.MAX_VALUE))
        );
        layout.setVerticalGroup(
            layout.createParallelGroup(javax.swing.GroupLayout.Alignment.LEADING)
            .addGroup(layout.createSequentialGroup()
                .addGap(70, 70, 70)
                .addComponent(btnYes)
                .addPreferredGap(javax.swing.LayoutStyle.ComponentPlacement.UNRELATED)
                .addGroup(layout.createParallelGroup(javax.swing.GroupLayout.Alignment.TRAILING)
                    .addComponent(txtMajorAmt, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE, javax.swing.GroupLayout.DEFAULT_SIZE, javax.swing.GroupLayout.PREFERRED_SIZE)
                    .addComponent(btnNo))
                .addContainerGap(180, Short.MAX_VALUE))
        );

        pack();
    }// </editor-fold>

    private void btnYesActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
       txtMajorAmt.setVisible(true);
    }

    private void btnNoActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
        // TODO add your handling code here:
        txtMajorAmt.setVisible(false);
    }

    private void btnNoItemStateChanged(java.awt.event.ItemEvent evt) {
        // TODO add your handling code here:
        txtMajorAmt.setVisible(false);
    }

    private void btnYesItemStateChanged(java.awt.event.ItemEvent evt) {
        // TODO add your handling code here:
        txtMajorAmt.setVisible(true);
    }

    /**
     * @param args the command line arguments
     */
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        /* Set the Nimbus look and feel */
        //<editor-fold defaultstate="collapsed" desc=" Look and feel setting code (optional) ">
        /* If Nimbus (introduced in Java SE 6) is not available, stay with the default look and feel.
         * For details see http://download.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/uiswing/lookandfeel/plaf.html 
         */
        try {
            for (javax.swing.UIManager.LookAndFeelInfo info : javax.swing.UIManager.getInstalledLookAndFeels()) {
                if ("Nimbus".equals(info.getName())) {
                    javax.swing.UIManager.setLookAndFeel(info.getClassName());
                    break;
                }
            }
        } catch (ClassNotFoundException ex) {
            java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(NewJFrame.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
        } catch (InstantiationException ex) {
            java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(NewJFrame.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
        } catch (IllegalAccessException ex) {
            java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(NewJFrame.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
        } catch (javax.swing.UnsupportedLookAndFeelException ex) {
            java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(NewJFrame.class.getName()).log(java.util.logging.Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
        }
        //</editor-fold>

        /* Create and display the form */
        java.awt.EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
            @Override
            public void run() {
                new NewJFrame().setVisible(true);
            }
        });
    }
    // Variables declaration - do not modify
    private javax.swing.JRadioButton btnNo;
    private javax.swing.JRadioButton btnYes;
    private javax.swing.ButtonGroup buttonGroup1;
    private javax.swing.JTextField txtMajorAmt;
    // End of variables declaration
}

There may be a problem with your ItemStateChanged methods. They will be called whenever the state changes - ie they become selected or deselected, but your code is intended to run only when the state becomes selected (?)

Does the textfiele ever show with the code you posted?

Only if I remove the line in Public new jframe()
txtMajorAmt.setVisible(false);
then it will work if i click on yes then no. but i want it to be invisible when it is loaded.

Try calling the textfield's container class's validate method so it knows there has been a change to one of its components.

I just re-read this thread, and nowhere do you state exactly what is wrong with the behaviour. Can you please explain, one step at a time, what the visibility of the text field should be and what it actually is at each step?