Java Swing - programmatically copy to clipboard from a JTable

I would like to add a button to my UI which copies the contents of a specific table to the clipboard. I think this should be easy but I can't seem to get it to work or find the solution on the internet. I tried this:

private void jButton1ActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {
ActionEvent nev = new ActionEvent(fileTable, ActionEvent.ACTION_PERFORMED, "copy");

but it has no effect. What's the best way to achieve this? Thanks, Peter


All Swing components contain Actions that invoked by KeyStrokes. You can reuse this Action.

Action copy = table.getActionMap().get("copy");
ActionEvent ae = new ActionEvent(table, ActionEvent.ACTION_PERFORMED, "");

For a list of all Actions check out the Key Bindings.

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