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how can i create a taskbar in a vb form?
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by:tenaka
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How can I put a toolbar in my application?

               Compatibility:VB3  VB4  VB5

I pulled this of the Cool VB site, don't know if it's what you're after.

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               Create a new form with all your buttons on it. Under VB5, you'll want to set the border property to "4 - ToolWindow".

               Put the following declarations in a new module:

               declare Function SetWindowWord Lib "User32" (ByVal hWnd as Long, ByVal _
                nIndex as long,  ByVal nNewWord as long) as long

               Next, put the following code in the load event of the toolbar form.

               SetWindowWord Me.hWnd, -8, Main.hWnd

               Replace main with the name of your main form.

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by:rmichels
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By Task Bar, do you mean like MS-OFFICE or the Win 95 Taskbar?  There is much more to doing this then just setting the form as a toolbar.  There are an entire series of window messages/apis that deal with managing a Task Bar. For example,  As a Task Bar you tell windows who you are and your size and Windows adjusts the workspace on the desktop so that forms maximize properly.  I found some C code on the Microsoft site that does this and was converting it to VB, but I never finished it.
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rutexavier,

To create a TOOLBAR in your VB form, right click on the ToolBox window and select "Components...".  Select the Microsoft Common Controls (SP2) - COMCTL32.OCX.  Click OK.  Double Click on the Toolbar Control to place it on your form and set the properties according to how you want it to look.  Right click on the newly placed Toolbar and select Properties for more options on how you can configure it.

To create a TASKBAR, as in a Toolbar similar to the types that IE 4.0x and Office 97 use, go to the following web site and read up on it.  There's a control you can download and use that does most the work for you.  I've used it before and really like it :

Office 97 Toolbar :
http://www.zonecorp.com/VB5/Toolbar.htm

IE 4 Toolbar :
http://www.zonecorp.com/VB5/RebarVB.htm

Microsoft Support Document on creating custom Toolbars :
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q142/1/87.asp

Good luck,

HATCHET
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