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Control.Show Method

Displays the control to the user.

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

Public Sub Show
Dim instance As Control


Showing the control is equivalent to setting the Visible property to true. After the Show method is called, the Visible property returns a value of true until the Hide method is called.

The following code example displays an about dialog box and temporarily draws a blue square on its surface. This example requires that you have defined a class that derives from Form named AboutDialog.

Private Sub menuItemHelpAbout_Click(sender As Object, _
  e As EventArgs) Handles menuItemHelpAbout.Click
   ' Create and display a modless about dialog box. 
   Dim about As New AboutDialog()

   ' Draw a blue square on the form. 
   ' NOTE: This is not a persistent object, it will no longer be 
   ' visible after the next call to OnPaint. To make it persistent,  
   ' override the OnPaint method and draw the square there  
   Dim g As Graphics = about.CreateGraphics()
   g.FillRectangle(Brushes.Blue, 10, 10, 50, 50)
End Sub

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0