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VB.NET Language in a Nutshell, Second Edition by Steven Roman PhD, Paul Lomax, Ron Petrusha

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Name

InputBox Function

Class

Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interaction

Syntax

InputBox(prompt[, title] [, defaultresponse] [, xpos] _
        [, ypos])
prompt (required; String)

The message in the dialog box

title (optional; String)

The title bar of the dialog box

defaultresponse (optional; String)

String to be displayed in the text box on loading

xpos (optional; Numeric)

The distance in twips from the left-hand side of the screen to the left-hand side of the dialog box

ypos (optional; Numeric)

The distance in twips from the top of the screen to the top of the dialog box

Return Value

A String containing the contents of the text box from the InputBox dialog box

Description

Displays a dialog box containing a prompt for the user, a text box for entering data, and an OK, a Cancel, and (optionally) a Help button. When the user clicks OK, the function returns the contents of the text box.

Rules at a Glance

  • If the user clicks Cancel, a zero-length string (“”) is returned. Thus, once again, Microsoft has apparently made it impossible for us to distinguish when the user enters the empty string and when the user hits the Cancel button.

  • prompt can contain approximately 1,000 characters, including nonprinting characters like the intrinsic vbCrLf constant.

  • If the title argument is omitted, the name of the current application or project is displayed in the title bar.

  • If you don’t use the default parameter to specify a default entry for the text box, the text box is shown as empty, and a zero-length string is returned ...

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