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Application C# Windows Form Application

I have an application where an initial form opens up. This form offers the user a couple of different options, each option is supposed to open a form and close the originating form.

I have tried creating an instance of the second form in program.cs then opening it, and closing the initial form, but when I do the entire application ends.

I do not want an MDI setup - basically I want the program to end when the last form closes, not when the first form closes. I am having difficulties.
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by:ProWebNetworks
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This is the current code of my program.cs

The name of the second form will be frmMainMenu, there will be many other forms in addition. Once they choose an option on Main Menu, it will then close and then open yet another form based on what they chose. All in all this app will have around 25 different forms, and typically only one form will be open at any one time. Once I close an originating form, there will be no need to keep it in memory, if I need to reopen it, then I will simply reopen it.

Thanks.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Windows.Forms;
 
namespace SJRDB_C
{
    static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
            Application.Run(new frmLogin());
 
            
        }
 
 
    }
}

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by:SaedSalman
ID: 24103079
in the frmLogin's Login button add these lines: (if access is granted)

frmLogin.Close();
frmMainMenu x =new frmMainMenu();
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by:SaedSalman
ID: 24103112
Simply, To close a form use Close() Method.
To run a form create an object of type that form, Also
Form.Show() and Form.Hide may help.
to exit a form use Application.Exit()
to run a form use Application.run(Object of type that form)
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Windows.Forms;
 
namespace SJRDB_C
{
    static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
            Application.Run(new frmLogin());
            Application.Run(new frmMainMenu());\\ frmMainMenu will open after frmLogin been closed
 
            
        }
 
 
    }
}
 
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ProWebNetworks earned 0 total points
ID: 24110853
I added a static class for handling form calling called FormHandler. As you can see in the code below I called:

FormHandler.Open_frmLogin();

Then I used the Application.Run();

This way I could have all forms within the application close and the application would still continue to run, allowing me to open a new form. With the example you showed above, the main menu would have about 10 options on it, allowing the user to open any of 10 different forms.

At that point I would run into a problem adding the Application.Run method you have above. I would then be required to hide frmMainMenu as opposed to closing it out completely. I know it should not be required to close it, however I prefer that, it seems cleaner.

Can you give your opinion as to my solution here? It does work - but I am not sure if I am following proper procedure for how I am calling multiple forms.

Thanks.
namespace SJRDB_C
{
    static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.SetCompatibleTextRenderingDefault(false);
            FormHandler.Open_frmLogin();
            Application.Run();
        }
    }
}

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