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I currently have a control array of buttons that are dynamically created in the form_load event based on input from a .ini file.  I am providing the user a way to modify this .ini file within my application.  however, if they add or delete an entry from the file, i have no way to be able to update the buttons on the main form to reflect this.

I thought about moving the button creation code into the Paint event, but it won't let me remove controls from there.

Only solution I could come up with is to launch another instance of my application and close the existing one.  It seems kinda crude though, and I'd like to find a better way.  Any suggestions?
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by:Z_Beeblebrox
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You could create a subroutine on your form which is responsible for unloading any existing buttons, then loading them based on the ini file. Call this subroutine from your form_load and from wherever you get notified that the ini file has changed.

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by:JR2003
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Have an application level variable in a module called something like
Public frmMainRef As frmMain

Have a procedure in a module called say ReloadMainForm

With the following code in the module:
Option Explicit
Public frmMainRef As Form1

Public Function ReloadMainForm()
    Set frmMainRef = New Form1
    frmMainRef.Show
End Function


And the following code in the form and a command button:

Option Explicit
Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Unload Me
    ReloadMainForm
End Sub


Everything in your application that needs to refer to the main form should just refer to the global variable frmMainRef.

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