vb.net Mdi Forms

I have 2 forms - 1 mdiparent and other one mdichild
i open mdi child forms with the click event of a button in mdi parent
the coding which i am using to open mdichild is
in General delaration part
dim childform as form2
in button click
childform=new form2
childform.mdiparent=me
childform.bringtofront
childform.show()

My question is when the child form opens i am still able to see the button in form1 that is mdi parent
is there any solution for this the form1 button shouldnt be seen and i can open child form only through
button
pearlymAsked:
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
see my article http://www.emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2003/09/Fun-with-MDI-forms.aspx in which you will find a method IsChildInMemory that will help you finding if the form is already visible or not (instead of hiding the button, you can prevent the form from appearing twice)..
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
You can also declare your childform as WithEvents and reset your variable when the form closes:

Public Class MdiParent

    Private WithEvents childForm As Form2

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        If childForm Is Nothing Then
            childForm = New Form2
            childForm.MdiParent = Me
        End If
        If childForm.WindowState = FormWindowState.Minimized Then
            childForm.WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal
        End If
        childForm.Show()
    End Sub

    Private Sub childForm_Closed(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles childForm.Closed
        childForm = Nothing
    End Sub

End Class
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pearlymAuthor Commented:
Still the parent form button is visible even when the child form is active
I tried all the methods
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
So you just want the Button invisible while the form is active?

How about?...

Public Class MdiParent

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Button1.Visible = False
        Dim cf As New Form2
        cf.MdiParent = Me
        AddHandler cf.Closed, AddressOf cf_Closed
        cf.Show()
    End Sub

    Private Sub cf_Closed(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
        Button1.Visible = True
    End Sub

End Class
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