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Show Running Time In VB.NET MDI Status Bar

Posted on 2011-03-07
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Hi

In my VB.NET MDI Windows Application I have a Status Bar with a panel named StbTime. I wish to show the correct time (All the time) in this panel. What is the easiest way of doing this please. For example StbTime.Text = TimeOfDay is useless.

I am using Visual Studio 2008 running under Windows XP Pro.

Many thanks.
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Question by:Nolanc
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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>>  For example StbTime.Text = TimeOfDay is useless.

Well yes, in and of itself it is useless as I'm sure you found out, it will only update whenever the section of code you place that in is executed (e.g. a button being clicked). What you need is that code and a timer to fire that code at some defined interval (e.g. every second). Place that code inside of a Tick handler and start the timer when you're form loads--you should then have better results.
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by:Nolanc
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Hi kaufmed

I was hoping that you would provide me with some code to achieve this.  However, let me continue searching the Internet for code of this nature after which I will get back to you.

Thanks.
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Mike Tomlinson earned 250 total points
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You don't really need any code...just do it thru the IDE.

Add a Timer to your Form.  It's near the bottom of the ToolBox in the "Components" section.
Select the Timer (in the grey area below your form) and change the Interval Property in the Properties Pane (bottom right of the screen) to 1000.
Change the Enabled Property to True.
Now Double Click the Timer below your form to get the method stub in your code.
Add the code to display the time of day.

It should look something like this when you're done:
Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Timer1_Tick(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick
        StbTime.Text = DateTime.Now.ToString("h:mm:ss tt")
    End Sub

End Class

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by:Nolanc
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Hi Savant

Thank you. It works beautifully.
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by:Nolanc
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Hi Savant

I merely replaced your statement No. 4 with my statement as follows: StbTime.Text = TimeOfDay. It works perfectly.

Thanks
Nolan
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