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StatusBar.Panels Property

Gets the collection of StatusBar panels contained within the control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
public StatusBar.StatusBarPanelCollection Panels { get; }

The StatusBar control can display a number of panels to provide information to the user of your application. For example, a panel could display the current time or the progress of a file download. Each panel displayed by the StatusBar control is an instance of the StatusBarPanel class. The Panels property enables you to obtain a reference to the collection of StatusBarPanel objects that are currently stored in the StatusBar control. With this reference, you can add panels, remove panels, access a specific panel within the collection, and obtain a count of the panels in the StatusBar control. For more information on the tasks that can be performed with the panel collection, see the StatusBar.StatusBarPanelCollection class reference topics.

The following code example creates a StatusBar control on a form and adds two StatusBarPanel objects. One of the StatusBarPanel objects, named panel1, displays status text for an application. The second StatusBarPanel object, named panel2, displays the current date and uses the ToolTipText property of the StatusBarPanel class to display the current time. The example uses the ShowPanels property to ensure that the panels are displayed instead of a standard panel, and it uses and the Panels property to access the Add method of the StatusBar.StatusBarPanelCollection to add the panels to the StatusBar. The example also uses the AutoSize, BorderStyle, ToolTipText, and Text properties to initialize the StatusBarPanel objects. This example requires that the method defined in the example is defined and called from the constructor of a Form.

		private void CreateMyStatusBar()
		{
			// Create a StatusBar control.
			StatusBar statusBar1 = new StatusBar();
			// Create two StatusBarPanel objects to display in the StatusBar.
			StatusBarPanel panel1 = new StatusBarPanel();
			StatusBarPanel panel2 = new StatusBarPanel();

			// Display the first panel with a sunken border style.
			panel1.BorderStyle = StatusBarPanelBorderStyle.Sunken;
			// Initialize the text of the panel.
			panel1.Text = "Ready...";
			// Set the AutoSize property to use all remaining space on the StatusBar.
			panel1.AutoSize = StatusBarPanelAutoSize.Spring;
			
			// Display the second panel with a raised border style.
			panel2.BorderStyle = StatusBarPanelBorderStyle.Raised;
			
			// Create ToolTip text that displays time the application was  
      			//started.
			panel2.ToolTipText = "Started: " + System.DateTime.Now.ToShortTimeString();
			// Set the text of the panel to the current date.
			panel2.Text = System.DateTime.Today.ToLongDateString();
			// Set the AutoSize property to size the panel to the size of the contents.
			panel2.AutoSize = StatusBarPanelAutoSize.Contents;
						
			// Display panels in the StatusBar control.
			statusBar1.ShowPanels = true;

			// Add both panels to the StatusBarPanelCollection of the StatusBar.			
			statusBar1.Panels.Add(panel1);
			statusBar1.Panels.Add(panel2);

			// Add the StatusBar to the form. 
			this.Controls.Add(statusBar1);
		}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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