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The DateTimePicker control allows the user to specify a date or time, as its name implies. DateTimePickers can display a Month View as a drop-down control, or the current time together with an updown control to let users select the time they want.
To add these controls to your program, select the Project >> Components menu item, click the Controls tab in the Components dialog box that opens, select the Microsoft Windows Common Controls-2 entry, and click OK to close the Components dialog box.
An easy way of letting the user select a date is to use aDateTimePicker control. TheDateTimePic ker control allows the user to specify a date or time. DateTimePickers can display a Month View as a drop-down control, or the current time with an updown control to let the user select the time they want.
DateTimePicker controls have a Change event, and we\u2019ll make use of that event to catch new time settings as the user makes them. In this case, we\u2019ll just display the new time in aTextBox this way, using the DateTimePicker\u2019sValue Property:
When you first add a tab strip control to a form, that control has one tab in it, to add another tab, you use the tab strip\u2019s property pages at design time. To do this, just right-click the tab strip, select Properties from the menu that appears, and click the Tabs tab. In this tab, you add new tabs by clicking the Insert Tab button, and at the same time you can set the tab\u2019sText,Key, and other properties.
At design time, you use the property pages of the Tab Strip control to set the captions of the tabs. To do this, just right-click the tab strip, select Properties from the menu that appears, and click the Tabs tab. To enter the text for each tab, just select the tab you want to work on, and enter the text for that tab in the box labeled
You can connect an Image List control to a Tab Strip control using the Tab Strip\u2019sImageList property, and you can connect the images in that Image List to the tabs in the Tab Strip. At design time, you use the Tab Strip\u2019s Property pages. Just right-click the Tab Strip, select Properties from the menu that appears, and click the Tabs tab. Then select the tab you want to add an image to, and place the image\u2019sIndex orKey in the Image List into the box labeled Image. In addition, you must connect the Image List to the Tab Strip control; select General tab, and enter the name of the Image List control that holds the images you\u2019ll use in the box labeled Image List.
You usually use Tab Strips to display other controls in your application. The most effective way to do this is to embed those controls in a Picture Box and place the Picture Box on the Tab Strip. After you place controls on the Picture Box, adjust the size of the Picture Box to cover the Tab Strip\u2019s client area (its display area). To do this, consider the following code:
The Toolbox window doesn\u2019t contain any menu-creation tool. Instead, Microsoft offers a special menu tool called the Menu Editor that you use to create menus. From the form window, you can press CTRL + E to display the Menu Editor, or you can accessed the Menu Editor by clicking on the Menu Editor button in the Toolbar, or select Tools >> Menu Editor. The Menu Editor will then appear as shown below.
The Menu Editor helps you design menus for your applications. In a way, the menu editor acts like a Properties window for the menu bar because you\u2019ll designate the names of the menu controls as well as the captions that the users see on the menus and other related information from within the menu editor.
Each line of text (menu item) in a menu is a Menu control, just as each command button that you place on a form is a command button control. You use the Menu Editor to create Menu controls and to set the following properties for each control:
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