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StatusBarPanel Class

Represents a panel in a StatusBar control. Although the StatusStrip control replaces and adds functionality to the StatusBar control of previous versions, StatusBar is retained for both backward compatibility and future use if you choose.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
public class StatusBarPanel : Component, 
	ISupportInitialize

A StatusBarPanel represents an individual panel in the StatusBar.StatusBarPanelCollection of a StatusBar control. A StatusBarPanel can contain text and/or an icon that can be used to reflect the status of an application. Use the StatusBar.StatusBarPanelCollection, accessible through the StatusBar.Panels property of a StatusBar control, to retrieve, add, or remove an individual StatusBarPanel.

The StatusBarPanel provides properties that enable you to modify the display behavior of a panel within a StatusBar control. You can use the Icon property to display an icon within a panel. This property can be used to provide a graphical representation of state in an application. The Alignment property enables you to specify how text and/or an icon is aligned within the panel. To ensure that your panel is sized properly to fit the text of the panel, you can use the AutoSize property to automatically resize the panel to fit the text of the panel or to fill the remaining space within the StatusBar control. The MinWidth property enables you to specify a minimum width for the panel to ensure that it does not get smaller than the data it is intended to display.

The StatusBar control is typically used to display Help information or state information about your application. Often, it is important to display additional information about data that is presented in a panel. You can use the ToolTipText property to display information whenever the mouse pointer rests on a panel.

Although the StatusBar control is typically used to display textual information, you can also provide your own type of display to a StatusBarPanel. The Style property enables you to specify how the StatusBarPanel will be drawn. By default, the Style property is used to display the value of the Text property (and an icon, if specified in the Icon property). If the property is set to OwnerDraw, you can draw your own information into the panel. You can use this feature to draw a progress bar or an animated icon in the panel.

When you create an instance of the StatusBarPanel class, the read/write properties are set to initial values. For a list of these values, see the StatusBarPanel constructor.

The following code example creates a StatusBar control on a form and adds two StatusBarPanel objects. The first StatusBarPanel, 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 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 assumes 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);
		}
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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