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Position a form relative to another

Posted on 2009-04-14
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I seem to be having difficulties positioning a form using left and top properties in VB2008 Express. The main form loads and is centered using the form's StartPosition property, then I've tried to set another form's left and top properties as follows:
form2.left = form1.left+form1.width
form2.top = form1.top
But form2 left and top properties are being reset by the startposition centering and these new positions are not reflected in the left and top properties which are fixed at design time, they are not current positions.
Any ideas please?
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by:abel
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Not sure if I understand you here. You have one form that is centered. That is form1 and that works. You have another form and you want that positioned to the right side of form1. But it uses the position used before repositioning. Is that correct? And do you want the form2 form to always go with the other form when it is moved? Or only on startup?
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by:ncw
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Yes that's correct.
At the moment I was only trying to position the form2 at startup, but it would be a bonus if form2 could follow form1 to where ever form 1 is repositioned.
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I go for the bonus!

Assuming two forms, Form1 and Form2, you can do the following to get the Form2 being always on the right side (aligned on top side) of the Form1, whatever happens to Form1 or where you drag it to (select the event though the Properties Window):

    Private Sub Form1_LocationChanged(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.LocationChanged
        Form2.Left = Me.Left + Me.Width
        Form2.Top = Me.Top
    End Sub

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If you load the form2 at some point, say in the form1_load event, you also need to reposition it once just after the form2.show, using the same function.
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by:ncw
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That works well, even seems to handle the minimised state and restore. The secret seems to be to set the let and top properties after the show() command. Thanks!
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You're welcome, glad I could be of some help! ;-)
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This worked when referencing the form by it's class name, but if I set eg ofrm = new Form2 and try ofrm.left = me.left then it causes an error.
Any ideas please?
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by:abel
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That's a new question and a different technique (and remember, you closed this q. already...;).

But without knowing what the error is I cannot really help, I'm afraid. Can you create a "related question" with all the details?
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