How can I set the Swing look and feel on startup?
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Generally, you can change the look and feel either by passing command line arguments, e.g.
netbeans --laf javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel
or do so programmatically on startup in a module’s
ModuleInstall class. Generally if you’re installing a custom look and feel, you probably want to have a separate module to do that. Some look and feels provide NetBeans modules to make it easy to use them.
If you want to test running with a different look and feel during development of your application, and you know it will be on the application’s classpath, see the example in HowToPassCommandLineArgumentsToANetBeansPlatformApplicationWhenRunInsideTheIDE for how to include
--laf in the runtime arguments to your module suite.