How to: Specify a Splash Screen for an Application (Visual Basic)
Splash screens are often used to display information to a user while an application is loading. Visual Basic provides a preconfigured Splash Screen form template that you can add to your Windows Application project, and a Splash Screen property in the Project Designer that allows you to specify a splash screen for your project.
To add a splash screen template
Select a project in Solution Explorer, and then on the Project menu, click Add New Item.
In the Add New Item dialog box, select the Splash Screen template, and then click Add. The template is added to your project.
To specify a splash screen
Select a project in Solution Explorer, and then on the Project menu, click Properties.
Click the Application tab.
Under Windows application framework properties, in the Splash screen: list, click the form that you want to use as a splash screen.