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I had a vb6 application I am trying to convert.

I had a form, with a control array with one element.

I load the form, then reproduce the controls as I need them.

In this case, they are either text boxes or select boxes.

So if I wanted, I would display 5 of them across.

        If lastStep = 0 Then
            ctrlInputForm1(lastStep).Left = startLeft
            ctrlInputForm1(lastStep).Top = startTop
        Else
            Load ctrlInputForm1(lastStep)
            ctrlInputForm1(lastStep).Left = currentLeft
            ctrlInputForm1(lastStep).Top = currentTop
        end if

All I had to do was load the control with "Load" and it would work.

How can I do this with vb.net?

I need to be able to load controls named "ctrlInputForm" on the fly,
and refer to them somehow, in this case a control array.
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Question by:jackjohnson44
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The control array in this sense no longer exists in VB.Net...

The simplest solution would be to dynamically create new controls and add them to an ArrayList

    Private myTextBoxes As New ArrayList

    Private Sub Foo()
            Dim tb As New TextBox
            tb.Left = currentLeft
            tb.Top = currentTop
            myTextBoxes.Add(tb)
            Me.Controls.Add(tb)   ' or add it to whatever container you need such as "Panel1.Controls.Add(tb)"
    End Sub

You can check the number of items in the ArrayList using Count (or Length...I can't remember which) to determine how many items are already in the array list.
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