Practise A Chapter On Building Custom Windows Controls?

Jan 17, 2012

I have a few free days during which I am trying to learn something. I posted my last question in Visual Basic IDE but no one has returned with any responses. Iam not sure if I am posting this too in the right forum!

I am trying to practise a chapter on Building Custom Windows Controls. But I don't have Windows Forms Control Library to start in my Visual Basic 2010 Express. I downloaded Umbraco but there is no visual interface to it. I can't afford to buy the Visual Basic proper edition. Programmerss

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Building A Custom Installer From A Windows Forms Project?

Aug 11, 2010

What actually is required to consider something installed on a machine. What happens in the background? I know VB offers an installer but Im trying to build my own from scratch. What do I need to do to accomplish this?

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VS 2008 - Setting Properties Of Custom Controls In Windows Forms

Jul 8, 2009

I need to work with custom controls, I want to be able to set the properties of my controls so when I put them on my windows forms they will show up in the properties window thing.

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VS 2005 Building A Custom Control

Apr 14, 2010

While implementing this article,i cant understand what they try to mean by this:Still in the Code Window, change the line that reads:Inherits System.Windows.Forms.UserControl So that it reads:Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Button..if i change this line of the designer form: Inherits System.Windows.Forms.UserControl to this: Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Button...then when i return to the designer,i am getting this error: The designer cannot process the code at line 22: Me.AutoScaleDimensions = New System.Drawing.SizeF(6.0!, 13.0!) The code within the method 'Initialize Component' is generated by the designer and should not be manually modified. Please remove any changes and try opening the designer again.

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Building Custom User Control - Default Property Of Class?

Jan 22, 2012

If we say blue is the default colour of the Backcolor property I understand it as if you don't specify a colour for Backcolor blue will be its colour. But I could not make sense of default property of a class in the context of building a custom user control. After calling an instance of a class we have to either call one of its members or assign an other object for it. Therefore why should there be a default property?

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Building Menu Look Same Windows Xp

Feb 3, 2009

i saw menu in windows XP . i think it's beautiful and i want to build it 2005. How to do?

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Where Is Chapter 5 Before Subdirectory

Nov 10, 2010

Anybody here downloaded the book of Tim Patrick "Programming Visuall Basic 2008? In page 172 it says: Extra Credit: Adding an Icon If you've still got a little energy left, we can make one more change before this chapter runs out of paper: adding a custom icon to the main form. Just follow these stepby-step instructions:


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Split Text File After Every Chapter Ends

Apr 21, 2010

I have a text file which is about 700MB it is very difficult to open this file but there are 5800 Chapters in the file every chapter is starting from "$$NEW$$" For example [code]I want to split the text file after every chapter ends any idea ?

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Where To Begin To Code The Doughnut Shoppe Proble In VB Chapter 17 #10

May 1, 2012

I have a test problem i Zach VB 2010 chapter 17 #10, Doughnut solution. a have the form made, exit coded but not sure where to

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Create Custom Database In Windows Application - Double Click Custom Database File?

Jul 21, 2006

With, I'm coding a simple application to get more used to the new .Net format.

I'd like to save all the information to a 'new' database file. how to create a database on the fly, once that is done i'll be able to connect to it no problem, but actually creating the file is proving difficult to work/find out.

Also, with and the newly created custom file, how can it be made to automatically open that information with the program?

Is there a method in installation to associate the file type with the new program? How can i check when the program loads if a database file has been 'double-clicked' (rather than just running from the .exe of the program) and proceed to load the data?

EDIT1 - Extra InfoThe windows application has many different fields and content etc, then i need to save that to a file that could later be loaded by 'double clicking'. I assumed the easiest way would be to create a mini-database for each unique file

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Custom Tab Controls In .net?

Mar 27, 2010

i want to control my tab pages with custom i want to hide my tabs from tab controls...

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How To Add Custom Controls

Aug 1, 2010

I want to know how to add custom controls to

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Form Controls Changes From The Windows 7 Format To Older Formats On Runtime While Running .net Windows Application

May 15, 2012

I have seen this happen before but am not sure how I resolved it in the past. On runtime the controls of my form change from the windows 7/vista format to an older version format as shown in the attached image.

How to display the controls in the format on the left (new windows format)

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Create Windows Service Using Windows Form Controls In Program?

May 3, 2012

It is possible to create windows service using windows form control in yes then please give me the url or links.

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.NET For Each Exception On Custom Controls?

Dec 9, 2011

in VB.NET i have 2 custom controls, one is a TextBox and second one is a ComboBox.These have custom values like Bool _IsHidden and are added on runtime to a form.Now, at some point in the code I want to check if the _IsHidden is set to True or False and display that information. Since the user can edit this values when creating the control these are not set on creation.

So what I tried is:(all of this is on MDI Forms)

For Each frm as CustomForm in Main.MdiChildren If frm.MyName = calledBy Then 'this part is just to know which form called the form to create the object For Each cntrl as CustomTextBox in frm.Controls'DO Something
Next End if Next

Now.. if the first control is a custom ComboBox it thorws an error since it sees that it does not match the custom TextBox do i get around this? By my understanding it should just go through all of the controls on the said form and just check those who match CustomTextBox control ?

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Arguments For Custom Controls?

Nov 24, 2011

I've created custom buttons in a .dll and they work fine, so I thought I'd have a go at creating my own sort of listbox to replace the standard one in my applications. It's basically a panel with a few labels and a button (eliminating the need to select an item in standard listbox then click a seperate button). I want to add these panels to a panel on a form, at run-time, based on rows in a db.

If I try adding any arguments in the New() section of the class file it won't let me use the panel in my toolbox. Is there a way to pass arguments to custom controls, I need a new custom panel for each row in a db so need to pass an id to it to specify records; or even load the records in my application and create a new panel for each record, using info passed to it to fill in the labels on it. Or can I create the panel at run-time and refer to labels within the custom controls, setting their .text properties that way?

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How To Create Custom UI / Controls

Mar 19, 2011

I would like to expand my knowledge of VB.NET and was looking at creating custom user interfaces or custom controls. The type of things I am thinking of is: [URL]s. How are those controls created? I imagine it involves using the existing controls in Visual Studio as a starting point, and altering them to suit your design?

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Resizing And Custom Controls?

Dec 10, 2010

I'm not going to post my code for my transparentlistbox class, but here is a link to it.It's been working fine as is, until early this morning when I tried to set a different size.[URl]..For the longest time I placed a normal listbox control on a form and resized that, setting a new public variable of transparentlistbox to the same size/location as the original listbox, setting the visibility of the original to false, and adding the transparentlistbox to the form (me.controls.add).It looked like this:


Now, since I've moved some buttons around on my main form, I resized the original listbox control to be wider (same height though). When I tested, the transparentlistbox (code didn't change still set to original listbox size/location), the size was that of what I had the original listbox set to, before resizing?

So, I commented out all of the custom drawing/paint events/etc I could find for the transparentlistbox and tested, still stuck to the original size. I stepped line by line debugging and verified that transparentlistbox1.size=listbox1.size indeed matched the new resized size (but didn't actually resize)?

Last I did was comment out the transparentlistbox.visible and put back the listbox1.visible and listbox1 does indeed show with the new resized size? I'm not quite sure what to test next?

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Use SVG In .net To Draw Custom Controls?

Nov 3, 2009

Is there a way to use SVG in to draw custom controls? Or any other way?

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Create Windows Service Using Windows Form Controls?

May 3, 2012

It is possible to create windows service using windows form control in The windows forms control such as, Timer control, list-box, notify-icon control etc.

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Adding Controls To A Custom Control

Jun 19, 2012

Is it possible to have a custom control (inherits from Control) and add sub-controls to it (like, a label for example)? Basically I want a composite control. I know controls can contain other controls, but if I try to add a control to MyBase.Controls, this doesn't work because that's readonly.


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Create Custom Controls For Apps?

Oct 14, 2011

i need to create custom controls for my apps so how can I do that? Do I need a special software to do that?

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Custom Controls - .net Inherits 2 Classes?

Jan 16, 2012

inherit from two classes in are developing Custom User Controls that inherits from say System.Web.UI.WebControls.Label. We are planning on implementing a bunch of these controls but they will share mostly the same additional properties. We are hopeful about centralising these properties.I have looked into interfaces but it seems they only 'contract' properties you need to implement.

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Custom Controls Disposing & Memory?

Apr 14, 2010

I've been working on a few large custom controls, and I noticed that when I use them, my memory starts ballooning. If I add a control at runtime, it increases the memory, but when I remove the control, it decreases less than it increased. However, it would stop balooning at some higher value. So if go back in forth between pages (which adds and removes the control), the memory would look something like this:

1,000K|5,000K|4,000K|9,000K|8,000K... 20,000K|25,000K|21,000K|25,000K|21,000K|25,000K... etc I know it takes a while for the GC to run, but the memory would stay consistantly high for long periods of time.

I tried writing a Closing routine, where when I called it, the control looped trhough its children and disposed all the internal controls, which seemed to help a little, but the memory after running the control and disposing was still much higher than before running the control. I also use custom event addhandlers. Should I remove all these as well. It would be nice if I received a little guidance on this.

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Get A Primer On Creating Custom Controls?

Dec 2, 2009

I am new to VB 2008 having spent most of my time in 2003. What is the recommendation for the best place to get a primer on creating custom controls in VB.NET. I prefer to use VB directly and not the WPF.

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Handling Focus With Custom Controls?

Nov 3, 2011

I have a custom control I'm creating. When I click on it, it draws a dotted border and puts some nubs on it for resizing. This all works perfectly. Now I want it so when I click off of it, it deselects. I already have a variable to set up if it's selected or not and subs to draw/clear it. I just have to be able to detect when something else is selected or it gets clicked off of.

What I've Tried

My first and best solution to this was to use the LostFocus event, but, by custom control apparently won't let it fire. After some research, as far as I know, custom controls don't have Focus events because they are custom and could be changed (basically, you have to implement the focus events yourself).

My Question

Does anybody have a solution to either implement the focus events or a way to handle off clicking for custom controls?


Here is my controls current source:

Imports System.Drawing.Drawing2D
Public Class wDOMElement
Inherits Control


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How To Declare The Custom User Controls

May 12, 2010

I am getting this annoying warning message "Object reference not set to an instance of an object." all the time because I created several custom user controls and drag it to a Windows form in a Windows application. I am using vs 2005 and framework v 2.0. This message pop up when I try to save the projector when I try to debug it in the Design mode.

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Inherit From Custom Controls VS 2008

Nov 16, 2009

Is this possible? Must be surely but I've tried and come up short. I've created a very basic class (person) with 2 public properties, forename, surname. My user control is databound to this class and has 2 textboxes to store the properties.

I've built the control and can add the user control to a windows form but how can I add to a new user control (Staff) which will show my 2 existing textboxes and I can add dateJoined datepicker also??

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Looping Through Custom Controls On A Form?

Dec 4, 2009

I have created a customised checkbox control (only the text and border appearance has been modified), and wanted to loop through them in a User quizto see which have been checked and are correct. I have used the Tag property (set to 1 or 0) to identify incorrect answers, and tried to loop through with the following code:For Each thing As GMAW.MyCheckBox In currentParent.ActiveMdiChild.Controls

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Make Custom Controls Available To All Projects?

Aug 6, 2009

I have some custom controls in a specific project. I want to make these controls available to ALL my projects. How do I do this?

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