PictureBox Not Releasing Image Files

Posted on 2004-10-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-23
I am using a PictureBox on an employee information form to display a JPG picture. The form has a combo box on it to switch employees. When I change to the next employee, the previous picture file is not being release. If I try to do anything with it, it says it is in use. Usually after a while it will release on its own. Is there any way to make it release faster?
Question by:m9s999
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    Refresh didn't help.

    The picturebox is displaying the new picture right away. It is just keeping the previous files open for a while.
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    by:Mike Tomlinson
    How are you creating an image from the file and displaying it in the PictureBox?


    Author Comment

    I don't have the code in front of me right now, but I think the syntax i'm using is:
    PictureBox1.Image = Image.FromFile("PathToPicture")
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    You can use code like this to prevent a file lock on the image:

        Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
            If OpenFileDialog1.ShowDialog = DialogResult.OK Then
                Dim tempImg As Image = Image.FromFile(OpenFileDialog1.FileName)
                PictureBox1.Image = New Bitmap(tempImg)
            End If
        End Sub


    Author Comment

    This works. Thanks

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