StatusBar Constructor
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StatusBar Constructor ()


Initializes a new instance of the StatusBar class.

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

public StatusBar()

The default StatusBar has no panels.

When you create an instance of StatusBar, the following read/write properties are set to initial values.


Initial value







You can change the value for any of these properties through a separate call to the property.

Legacy Code Example

The following code example demonstrates how to construct a StatusBar and use the SizingGrip, StatusBarPanel.Alignment, StatusBarPanel.Width, StatusBarPanel.AutoSize, and StatusBarPanel.BorderStyle members and how to handle the PanelClick event.

To run the example, paste the following code in a form. Call the InitializeStatusBarPanels method in the form's constructor or Load method.

internal System.Windows.Forms.StatusBar statusBar1;

private void InitializeStatusBarPanels()

	// Create a StatusBar control.
	statusBar1 = new StatusBar();

	// Dock the status bar at the top of the form. 
	statusBar1.Dock = DockStyle.Top;

	// Set the SizingGrip property to false so the user cannot 
	// resize the status bar.
	statusBar1.SizingGrip = false;

	// Associate the event-handling method with the 
	// PanelClick event.
	statusBar1.PanelClick += 
		new StatusBarPanelClickEventHandler(statusBar1_PanelClick);

	// Create two StatusBarPanel objects to display in statusBar1.
	StatusBarPanel panel1 = new StatusBarPanel();
	StatusBarPanel panel2 = new StatusBarPanel();

	// Set the width of panel2 explicitly and set
	// panel1 to fill in the remaining space.
	panel2.Width = 80;
	panel1.AutoSize = StatusBarPanelAutoSize.Spring;

	// Set the text alignment within each panel.
	panel1.Alignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left;
	panel2.Alignment = HorizontalAlignment.Right;

	// Display the first panel without a border and the second
	// with a raised border.
	panel1.BorderStyle = StatusBarPanelBorderStyle.None;
	panel2.BorderStyle = StatusBarPanelBorderStyle.Raised;

	// Set the text of the panels. The panel1 object is reserved
	// for line numbers, while panel2 is set to the current time.
	panel1.Text = "Reserved for important information.";
	panel2.Text = System.DateTime.Now.ToShortTimeString();

	// Set a tooltip for panel2
	panel2.ToolTipText = "Click time to display seconds";

	// Display panels in statusBar1 and add them to the
	// status bar's StatusBarPanelCollection.
	statusBar1.ShowPanels = true;

	// Add the StatusBar to the form.

// If the user clicks the status bar, check the text of the 
// StatusBarPanel.  If the text equals a short time string,
// change it to long time display.
private void statusBar1_PanelClick(object sender, 
	StatusBarPanelClickEventArgs e)
	if (e.StatusBarPanel.Text == 
		e.StatusBarPanel.Text = 

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