VB.net 2005 - status bar updates

I'm using a status bar that's "supposed" to give an indication of what's going on in some minor-lengthy processing...
Problem is, I don't see 'anything' - none of the text that I'm trying to drop in there before each function is called, until the last one is done (which I've now set to blank).

I tried placing a doevents in the sub, but - same results...
Any idea what I need to do so that this is updated properly?
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Can you show us some code from your subs?...
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sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Here's the main processing sub...tssStatus is the tool strip...

Private Sub txtShare_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles txtShare.KeyDown
        If e.KeyCode = Keys.Enter Then
            Dim strShare As String = Nothing
            If txtShare.Text.Substring(0, 2) = "\\" Then 'UNC used
                strShare = txtShare.Text.Trim
            ElseIf IsNumeric(txtShare.Text) Or IsNumeric(txtShare.Text.Substring(1)) Then
                Application.DoEvents() 'tried this...
                tssStatus.Text = "Locating user share..."
                strShare = QueryUser(txtShare.Text)
                tssStatus.Text = "Determining user's email address..."
                txtTo.Text = FindEmail(txtShare.Text)
            Else
                strShare = QueryGroup(txtShare.Text)
                tssStatus.Text = "Locating group share..."
            End If
            Try
                tssStatus.Text = "Determining absolute path..."
                strTarget = FindAbs(strShare)
                tssStatus.Text = "Finding current quota detail..."
                UpdateQuotaDetail()
            Catch ex As Exception
                MessageBox.Show(Err.Description)
            End Try
            tssStatus.Text = "Searching quota adjustment history..."
            ShowHistory()
            tssStatus.Text = ""
        End If
    End Sub
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
So it looks like you are making some database calls which are usually pretty resource intensive and are often blocking calls.

You need to place the call to DoEvents() immediately AFTER you update tssStatus and BEFORE you make the database calls:

    Private Sub txtShare_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles txtShare.KeyDown
        If e.KeyCode = Keys.Enter Then
            Dim strShare As String = Nothing
            If txtShare.Text.Substring(0, 2) = "\\" Then 'UNC used
                strShare = txtShare.Text.Trim
            ElseIf IsNumeric(txtShare.Text) Or IsNumeric(txtShare.Text.Substring(1)) Then
                tssStatus.Text = "Locating user share..."
                Application.DoEvents()
                strShare = QueryUser(txtShare.Text)
                tssStatus.Text = "Determining user's email address..."
                Application.DoEvents()
                txtTo.Text = FindEmail(txtShare.Text)
            Else
                strShare = QueryGroup(txtShare.Text)
                tssStatus.Text = "Locating group share..."
                Application.DoEvents()
            End If
            Try
                tssStatus.Text = "Determining absolute path..."
                Application.DoEvents()
                strTarget = FindAbs(strShare)
                tssStatus.Text = "Finding current quota detail..."
                Application.DoEvents()
                UpdateQuotaDetail()
            Catch ex As Exception
                MessageBox.Show(Err.Description)
            End Try
            tssStatus.Text = "Searching quota adjustment history..."
            Application.DoEvents()
            ShowHistory()
            tssStatus.Text = ""
        End If
    End Sub
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sirbountyAuthor Commented:
So...the cart was before the horse.
Thanx!
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