Visual Basic Tutorial- Adding controls to form

Adding Controls to the Form
There are many controls you can use with your program:
Buttons, Text Boxes, Pictures, Scroll Bars and more.
You can see all these controls in the Toolbox.
To see the Toolbox, Select from the menu View->Toolbox

And you will see the Toolbox

Now lets add a button to your form.
Buttons in Visual Basic called “Command Buttons”.
To add a button, click on the Command Button icon in the Toolbox

Now click on the form with the left mouse button, and hold the button
down while moving the cursor.
You will see a rectangle.

Release the mouse button, and in the place of the rectangle you
will see a button

Changing the button’s Properties
Now you have a button on your form.
You can change its location by dragging it, and change its
size by dragging the Blue Hot Spots that found on each one of its conrners.

Run the program by clicking the Play button.
You can see that you have a button on your form, that you can click on it,
But it still doesn’t do anything.

To see the Command Button’s Properties window, click on it with
the right mouse button and select Properties for the pop-up menu

The Command Button’s Properties window

As you can see, In the top of the properties window, right under the title bar,
appears “Command1 CommandButton”.

Command1 – because it’s the name of this specific Command Button (look
at the name property).

CommandButton – because this is this component type.

Note that two components can’t have the same name.
If you will add another Command Button to your form, its name will
be “Command2” by default.

If you want you can change the Name of any component, by simply
changing the component’s Name property.

Now lets change the Command Button’s Caption property.
The caption property is the text that appears on the Command Button.
Change the Caption property to “Click Here”, and you will see that
“Click Here” appears on your Command Button.

Change the Command Button’s BackColor property to blue (or other color).
The change won’t take affect, untill you will set the Command Button’s Style
property to 1 -Graphical.

You can now play a little bit with the Command Button’s properties,
this is the best way to learn what every property does.
You can also add other controls from the Toolbox to your form,
And play around with their properties.

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