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How do I place button images that I copied from other button images onto a custom menubar on my VB.NEt form?

I sucessfully created a menubar using the menustrip tool but I cannot copy button images from my Access application to the application that I am upgrading to VB.NET

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Lenny Gray
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by:jpaulino
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Do you have the pictures already ? You just need to add a new item to the menustrip and then select the image using the Image property.
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by:LennyGray
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Hi JPaulino -

When I use the image property for a custom icon, the images seem to have a background that is inconsistent with the menubar. I guess that I could overcome that.

In Access, I would simply copy a button image that existed on a toolbar in either Access, Excel, Word or Outlook and then paste the image into my custom menubar menubar.

I never looked into where these built-in Microsoft button images were found or if they had a special location. At times, I would create my own icon in an icon-maker application or in Paint and then paste the icon into the menubar.

I am trying to use the same process, if that is available in VS2008.

Can you guide me as to where to look for these built-in button images?

Thanks!

Lenny
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by:jpaulino
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That could be a problem of the image quality. Can you upload on image that you're having problems ?
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by:LennyGray
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Hi JPaulino -

You are probably correct about the image quality but that problem represents a small portion of my question.

I am more interested in trying to understand how to use Microsoft's button images that I can copy from their toolbars in their Office applications.

How can I "hijack" the button images from a microsoft toolbar and put it into my menu on the menustrip?

Thank you for your patience with me.

Lenny


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by:jpaulino
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You have to find those icon on the web. Check this link that has allot of them http://www.kde-look.org/
You also can find some application on the web (just google it) that can extract icons form the exe or dll files.
You don't have available like you have on the access wizards.
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by:LennyGray
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Thank you for the link but it does not give me what I need. And it could be that I cannot do in VS2008 what I can do in Access.

In Access, when I want to add a button image to the menubar, I click on Tools->Customize and then I click on a Microsoft Office button and click on "Copy Button Image". then I move to my custom menubar, locate the place that I want that button and then click on "Paste Button Image" and the Access custom menubar gets that image.

This is the effect that I want to do with Visual Studio on the menustrip.

Am I asking for something that is not possible?

Thanks.

Is there a way to do that?
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>> Am I asking for something that is not possible?
No, it's not possible. In Access you have a library with all the icons and when you copy and paste, access just uses that reference.
In VS you cannot do that.


 
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by:LennyGray
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OK.

Thanks for your patience.

I will look forthe DLL that Office uses and see if I can extract their icons.

After 14 years of Access experience, I am embarking on .NET very optimistically. I appreciate having someone with your skill available to me for help.

Thanks again for your help.

Lenny
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by:LennyGray
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Thanks for all of your professional assistance!
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Ok, good luck!
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