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StatusBar.ShowPanels Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether any panels that have been added to the control are displayed.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public bool ShowPanels { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if panels are displayed; otherwise, false. The default is false.

By default, the StatusBar control displays the value of its Text property without any panels. When ShowPanels is set to true, any StatusBarPanel objects specified in the StatusBar control are displayed. No panels are initially created when you create an instance of the StatusBar class. You can add panels to a StatusBar control by using the Add method of the StatusBar.StatusBarPanelCollection class. This collection class can be accessed through the Panels property of StatusBar.

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, 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: 4.5.2, 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 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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