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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 inthe system taskbar. The next section shows you how to create a sampleproject that simulates a modal form so that the form appears in thetaskbar.

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: 02/24/2014 08:31:38 - Revision: 3.0

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