VB.NET 2003 InputBox doesn't resize to fit its text

Posted on 2007-04-04
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
In a VB.NET 2003 WinForm application, I get input from the user using the InputBox method. The problem is that the text in the InputBox doesn't fit (I have about 7 lines of text). It looks like the InputBox dialog is of fixed size and does not resize to fit its text. Does anyone know how to solve this?

The code is:

Dim sText As String

sText = InputBox ("Please contact us at:" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "Tel: (012) 345 6789" & vbCrLf & "Fax: (012) 345 6789" & vbCrLf & "E-Mail:" & vbCrLf & "Website:"

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Arthur_Wood earned 500 total points
ID: 18849678
You should *not* be using the InputBox function in any .NET application.  You should design your own input form, which you can then control completely, to interact with the user, and request information.


Author Comment

ID: 18850197
Thanks for your reply Arthur_Wood. So there's no .NET equivalent for the VB6 InputBox at all? That seems like a step back...
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Expert Comment

ID: 18850726
InputBox was a *kluge* that IMHO should never have been included in VB, from the very beginning.  No, as far as I am aware, there is no fully .NET version.  The InputBox that you are using is accessed via the Microsoft.VisualBasic namespace.  The real problem with the InputBox is that the returned value is *always* a String, even when the user enteres Numbers. And you cannot easily request Dates, or anything else from the user.  It also makes validation of the user entry very cumbersome, since you must write the validation code in the calling routine, and if the user made an invalid entry, then you must redisplay the InputBox.  That type of validation is much cleaner and more specific if you create your own input form, do the necessary validation, in the code of the form, and only return valid results to the caller.


Author Comment

ID: 18850859
Makes sense... Thanks Arthur
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Expert Comment

ID: 18851223
glad to help.  Designing your ouw forms is much better, in terms of how your application interacts with the end users.  It just makes the application look more 'professional'.


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