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I've been learning about watching for file creation; using FileSystemWatcher, and during part of the OnCreated process I'm trying to update a multi-line text box with what was read from the created text file.  The issue is that the text box doesn't update.

I've attached the code that I'm using.  How do I setup the objects so that I can pass the text read from the created file into the text box?  This is all on a single form.
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Permissions
Imports System.Text.RegularExpressions

Public Class Form1
    Private Shared re As New Regex("[\x00-\x1F\x7F-\xFF]+", RegexOptions.Compiled)

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        TextBox1.Text = "does this work"
        Run()
    End Sub

    <PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name:="FullTrust")> _
    Private Shared Sub Run()

        Dim watcher As New FileSystemWatcher()
        watcher.Path = "C:\Programming"
        watcher.NotifyFilter = NotifyFilters.FileName And Not NotifyFilters.Attributes
        watcher.Filter = "*.txt"
        watcher.IncludeSubdirectories = False

        AddHandler watcher.Created, AddressOf OnCreated

        watcher.EnableRaisingEvents = True


    End Sub

    Public Shared Sub OnCreated(ByVal source As Object, ByVal e As FileSystemEventArgs)
        Dim ex As Exception
        Dim strContents As String
        Dim objReader As StreamReader

        Try
            System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(1000)
            File.Move(e.FullPath, "C:\Programming\Archive\" & Replace(TimeOfDay, ":", "") & ".txt")

            Try
                objReader = New StreamReader("C:\Programming\Archive\" & Replace(TimeOfDay, ":", "") & ".txt")
                strContents = objReader.ReadToEnd()
                objReader.Close()
                strContents = re.Replace(strContents, "")
                MsgBox((strContents))
                '######################################################
                '########UNABLE TO SET TEXT BOX VALUE##################
                '######################################################
                Form1.TextBox1.Text = "yes this works"
            Catch Ex2 As Exception
                MsgBox(Ex2.Message)
            End Try
        Catch ex
            Dim typeValue As String
            typeValue = e.ChangeType.ToString
            MsgBox("ChangeType: " & typeValue)
        End Try
    End Sub

End Class

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by:Zhaolai
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It is:

Me.TextBox1.Text = "yes this works"

or just

TextBox1.Text = "yes this works"

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When I try using TextBox1.Text = "yes this works" ...i get a compile error referencing the following:

Cannot refer to an instance member of a class from within a shared method or shared member initializer without an explicit instance of the class
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by:Zhaolai
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What would happen if you remove Shared from both sub Run and sub OnCreated?

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by:vbNewbie2009
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I receive an exception:
"Cross-thread operation not valid:  Control 'TextBox1' accessed from a thread other than the thread it was created on.
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This is because your watcher is on a diff thread and you need a delegate to talk to the textbox.

Private Delegate Sub UpdateTextDelegate(ByVal txt As String)

Private Sub UpdateText(ByVal txt As String)
    textbox1.Text = txt
End Sub

Public Sub OnCreated(ByVal source As Object, ByVal e As FileSystemEventArgs)
    textbox1.Invoke(New UpdateTextDelegate(AddressOf UpdateText), e.Name)
End Sub
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by:Zhaolai
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After you created FileSystemWatcher object, add the following line,

 watcher.SynchronizingObject = Me

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Thanks for the suggestions; i'll be trying these out tomorrow.
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by:Éric Moreau
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by:vbNewbie2009
ID: 33668676
Comments from Zhaolai and Hawkvalley1 each worked to populate the text object.  

Documentation link by emoreau is an excellent resource!

Thanks to all!
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