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StatusBar Control for Visual Basic 6.0 Users 

The StatusBar control in Visual Basic 6.0 is replaced by the Windows Forms StatusStrip control in Visual Basic 2005. The names of some properties, methods, events, and constants are different, and in some cases there are differences in behavior.

Conceptual Differences

The Visual Basic 6.0 StatusBar control contains a collection of Panel objects, each of which can display text and images.

The Visual Basic 2005, StatusStrip control is more similar to the ToolStrip control. In addition to panels (now known as ToolStripStatusLabel controls), StatusStrip controls can contain progress bars, drop down menus, and split buttons. There is also a Windows Forms StatusBar control, but it is recommended that you use StatusStrip instead.

SimpleText Property

In Visual Basic 6.0, the SimpleText property of a StatusBar control defines the text that is displayed when the Style property is set to sbrSimple.

The Visual Basic 2005 StatusStrip control does not support a simple style, and there is no longer a SimpleText property.

Style Property

In Visual Basic 6.0, the Style property determines whether a StatusBar control shows multiple panels (sbrNormal) or just one large panel (sbrSimple). When set to the simple style, the bevel style is raised with no borders.

In Visual Basic 2005, the Style property no longer exists; to emulate the simple style you can add a single ToolStripStatusLabel object to the StatusStrip control and set its BorderStyle property.

StatusBar Control Property, Method, and Event Equivalencies

The following tables list Visual Basic 6.0 properties, methods, and events, along with their Visual Basic 2005 equivalents. Properties, methods, and events with the same names and behaviors are not listed. All Visual Basic 2005 enumerations map to the System.Windows.Forms namespace unless otherwise noted.

Links are provided as necessary to topics explaining differences in behavior. Where there is no direct equivalent in Visual Basic 2005, links are provided to topics that present alternatives.

Properties

Visual Basic 6.0 Visual Basic 2005 Equivalent

Align

Dock

Container

Parent

DragIcon

DragMode

New implementation. For more information, see Drag and Drop for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

Font

FontBold

FontItalic

FontName

FontSize

FontStrikethrough

FontUnderline

Font

NoteNote

Fonts are handled differently in Visual Basic 2005. For more information, see Font Object for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

Height

Height

NoteNote

Coordinates are handled differently in Visual Basic 2005. For more information, see Coordinate System for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

HWnd

Handle

Index

New implementation. For more information, see Control Arrays for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

MouseIcon

New implementation. For more information, see Cannot set a custom MousePointer.

MousePointer

Cursor

For a list of constants, see MousePointer for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

OLEDropMode

New implementation. For more information, see Drag and Drop for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

Panels

ToolStripItemCollection

Parent

FindForm

ShowTips

ToolTip component.

For more information, see ToolTip Support for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

SimpleText

New implementation.

Style

New implementation.

ToolTipText

ToolTip component.

For more information, see ToolTip Support for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

Value

Value

NoteNote

In Visual Basic 6.0, when the Value property is changed, the Change event is raised. In Visual Basic 2005, the Change event is not raised; use the ValueChanged event instead.

WhatsThisHelpID

New implementation. For more information, see Help Support for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

Methods

Visual Basic 6.0 Visual Basic 2005 Equivalent

Drag

New implementation. For more information, see Drag and Drop for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

Move

SetBounds

NoteNote

Coordinates are handled differently in Visual Basic 2005. For more information, see Coordinate System for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

OLEDrag

New implementation. For more information, see Drag and Drop for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

ShowWhatsThis

New implementation. For more information, see Help Support for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

ZOrder:

0 – vbBringToFront

1 - vbSendToBack

BringToFront or SendToBack function

 BringToFront

 SendToBack

Events

Visual Basic 6.0 Visual Basic 2005 Equivalent

DblClick

DoubleClick

DragDrop

DragOver

New implementation. For more information, see Drag and Drop for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

OLECompleteDrag

OLEDragDrop

OLEDragOver

OLEGiveFeedback

OLESetData

OLEStartDrag

New implementation. For more information, see Drag and Drop for Visual Basic 6.0 Users.

PanelClick

Click

PanelDblClick

DoubleClick

Upgrade Notes

When a Visual Basic 6.0 project is upgraded to Visual Basic 2005, any StatusBar controls are upgraded to Windows Forms StatusBar controls. Where properties, methods, and events have no equivalent or have differences in behavior, upgrade notes or warnings are added to your code.

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