PRB: Modal Form Does Not Appear in the Taskbar

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SYMPTOMS

A form displayed modally does not appear in the taskbar.

RESOLUTION

To have a form appear in the taskbar, show the form as a non-modal form. The MORE INFORMATION section below shows how to show a form in the taskbar.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

MORE INFORMATION

By Windows user interface design standards, modal forms do not appear in the system taskbar. The next section shows you how to create a sample project that simulates a modal form so that the form appears in the taskbar.

Step-by-Step Example

  1. Start a new Standard EXE project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Add a CommandButton to the Form1 form.
  3. Add a second Form to the project. Add a CommandButton to the Form2 form.
  4. Copy the following code to the Code window of the Form1 form:
          Option Explicit
          Private Sub Command1_Click()
              Form1.Enabled = False
              Form2.Show
          End Sub
    
    						
  5. Copy the following code to the Code window of the Form2 form:
          Option Explicit
          Private Sub Command1_Click()
              Unload Form2
              Form1.Enabled = True
              Form1.SetFocus
          End Sub
    
    						
  6. On the Run menu, click Start or press the F5 key to start the program. On the Form1 form, click the CommandButton to display the Form2 form. Note that the Form2 form also appears in the taskbar.

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Article ID: 178754 - Last Review: February 24, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Learning Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Learning Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition
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