indeterminate progress bar

Posted on 2004-10-15
Last Modified: 2008-02-01

I have an operation that's being preformed but I have no idea how long it will take, so I just want a progress bar that spins back and forth.

I could obviously just have it start at 0 again once it gets full and keep going like that, but I don't want that.  The trends seems to be using a little block that goes across the bar and then starts at the beginning.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Question by:bhanley9681
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ID: 12323820
windows or

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ID: 12324139
sorry, windows

Expert Comment

ID: 12324304
You might take a look at this code project article.  I did something similiar to this one in my application recently.

Good luck,
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armoghan earned 400 total points
ID: 12335817
Another way is to make an animated GIF and show it on a small form.
In this way you can show any kind of progress
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by:Bob Learned
ID: 12341926
I like the animated GIF idea.  The copy progress in Windows Explorer is an example of this.


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ID: 12342004
Yeah, very interesting.  I have to admit, the animated GIF is a great idea.  

Its not as reusable because resizing the GIF to suit your needs would take a little more effort and I don't think you'd be able to easily resize the control dynamically at runtime either.  It also wouldn't be nearly as easily to control the rate of the progress bar movement.  

However as for simplicity if you don't mind these limitations I'd probably go that route.  Nice and clean.



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