Multiple pages in windows forms (windows Apps VS2008)

Hi there

I am new to making windows apps with VS2008 (have experience with web apps).

How would I make an app have multiple pages without using a new form window.

For example, I have two buttons on my windows app - read details and enter details: I want to display different layouts/textboxes etc. for each 'page'.

I have so far managed this with panels and setting them to hide and unhide on user clicks but it is almost impossible to work with this is VS as there is no way to hide the panels (that I can find) in design mode. So if I am working with 10 pannels it gets very messy and confusing.

I have also used 'tabs' to create individual pages but I dont want a tabbed layout.

Many thanks in advance.
LVL 7
garethh86Asked:
Who is Participating?
 
Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
You can design each "page" as a seperate FORM and then load them into a Panel using code like this:
        Dim f2 As New Form2
        f2.TopLevel = False
        f2.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
        f2.FormBorderStyle = Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.None
        Me.Panel1.Controls.Add(f2)
        f2.Show()

Open in new window

0
 
SanclerCommented:
Another idea - I'm only throwing this in because you say you're new to WinForms - is an MDI (multiple document interface) approach.  In that your app has a main form, which acts as the parent container of other, child forms.  Then each of your "pages" could be a separate child form.

Roger
0
 
cherrera2001Commented:
Generally I would try to create one Windows form, and then create multiple User Controls. This way you can add and remove the controls dynamically from the form, and you still get the benefit of the designer for control layout.
0
 
jpadkins49Commented:
One way to accomplish this if you do not want to open new forms or utilize and MDI approach is to use a TabStrip or the FatTabStrip in the Visual Basic Power Packs 3.0 . This would allow you to add multiple controls to the same form and save some valuable real estate on your application.

0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.