Visual Basic | Menus and toolbars exercise | Coding a menu, toolbar and status bar

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You can learn how to do this exercise on the relevant Wise Owl classroom training course (sadly for the moment only in the UK).

Software ==> Visual Basic  (46 exercises)
Version ==>
Topic ==> Menus and toolbars  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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Add the form in the folder above into your project (or use a previous version that you have been working with).

Add a MenuStrip, ToolStrip, StatusStrip and ContextMenu to your form so that the form works as shown below (you may find the property shown below useful):

Visual Basic 2005 exercise - Menus and toolbars (image 1)

When you click in a textbox, the menu, toolbar, right mouse menu and status bar all react sensibly

Here is what the menu would look like for our example:

Visual Basic 2005 exercise - Menus and toolbars (image 2)

The current colour option is disabled and checked

You may find it useful to write the following property of the form, so that you can find out which the currently selected textbox is (note that if the user is not on a text box, this routine will return Nothing - which you can test for):

Visual Basic 2005 exercise - Menus and toolbars (image 3)

TryCast attempts to convert an object to a specific data type, and returns NOTHING if this fails

When you have everything working perfectly (or more likely, when you run out of time), close everything down!

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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