How can i contorl the menu in


I can't handle da menu in da way dat if once the menu is been clicked the form will appear and  other time if da same menu is been clicked it shouldn't appear again dat same form or in other words shouldn't make n new instance ..

one way was of disabling n other of making it visible = false ... but ain't working ...
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wguerramConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Private Sub Showform2ToolStripMenuItem_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Showform2ToolStripMenuItem.Click
       'If this form type is loaded, a reference to that form is returned
        Dim form As Object = FormLoaded(Form2.GetType)

        'If the form is not loaded, the create new instance
        If IsNothing(form) Then
            form = New Form2
            form.MdiParent = Me
            form.Visible = True
            form.Activate() 'Just activate it
        End If
    End Sub

   'Look for the form type
    Private Function FormLoaded(ByVal FormType As Type) As Object
        Dim i As Integer
        Dim _form As Object

        For i = 0 To Me.MdiChildren.Length - 1
            'compare types
            If Me.MdiChildren(i).GetType.ToString = FormType.ToString Then
                _form = Me.MdiChildren(i)
                Exit For
            End If

        Return _form
    End Function
Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Here is a simple example of a Button on Form1 that makes only one instance of Form2 appear.  If Form2 is minimized then it is restored.

Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

    Private WithEvents f2 As Form2

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        If f2 Is Nothing Then
            f2 = New Form2
            If f2.WindowState = FormWindowState.Minimized Then
                f2.WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal
            End If
        End If
    End Sub

    Private Sub f2_Closed(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles f2.Closed
        f2 = Nothing
    End Sub

End Class
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