Chapter 8. Selecting Windows Forms Controls
Controls are an extremely important part of any interactive application. They give information to the user (
PictureBox) and organize the information so that it's easier to understand (
TabControl). They enable the user to enter data (
MonthCalendar), select options (
ListBox), control the application (
ContextMenuStrip), and interact with objects outside of the application (
PrintPreviewDialog). Some controls also provide support for other controls (
This chapter provides only a very brief description of the standard Windows Forms controls and some tips that can help you decide which control to use for different purposes. Appendix G covers the controls in much greater detail, describing each control's most useful properties, methods, and events.
Figure 8-1 shows the Visual Basic Toolbox displaying the standard Windows Forms controls. Because you can add and remove controls on the Toolbox, you may see a slightly different selection of tools on your computer.
The following table briefly describes the controls shown in Figure 8-1 in the order in which they appear in the figure (starting at the top, or row 1, and reading from left to right).
Figure 8-1. Visual Basic provides a large number of standard controls for Windows ...