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How can I get my icon (.ico file icon) to appear in the upper left corner of my Form1 titlebar?

In Visual Studio I have Form1 Properties Icon set to my icon, ShowIcon=Ture, ShowInTaskbar=True, icon size 16x16. I tried a .ico file which had icons of several sizes in it: 16x16, 32x32, 48x48. The icon shows in the taskbar when I run the program.

Still icon does not appear in upper left corner of title bar.
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Did you change the FormBorderStyle of the form? Did you remove the ControlBox.

Some combinations of those create a type of form that does not support an icon.
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OK I had 'ControlBox' set to False to get rid of the minimize, maximize, and close buttons on the upper right. Setting that back to True fixed the icon problem. Now I just need to find another way to get rid of the minimize, maximize, and close (red X) buttons, without deleting the upper left icon.
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MinimizedBox and MaximizedBox have their own properties. So you can turn them off individually.

Now, the ControlBox (the Red X) is something else. The reason is that the icon is not there for decoration, it is a menu, that can be used to close the form. If there is no need for the ControlBox, then Microsoft assumes that there is no need for the icon.

So you cannot get rid of the ControlBox except maybe, and I insist on the maybe, by subclassing the form, a process that lets you connect direct to Windows instead of using the framework to do the job. Maybe somebody can guide you on that, I can't.

Now one could wonder why you want to get rid of the ControlBox. The user will have to close the form at some point. No?

Could I suspect that it is because you want to do something when you close the form, that something is under a Button, and you want to force the user into using your button to close the form. If this is the case, then you are not closing the form in a proper way.

Your button should have only one command: Me.Close.

The code that you need to run when you close the form should be in the FormClosing event. This event will be called by Me.Close, but it will also be called by the Red X. Well, it will even be called when you close Windows.

Thus, there would be no reason to remove the ControlBox, and you could keep the icon.
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Thank you for the excellent info. I think what we want is a way to catch the FormClosing event and say, "Hey, wait a minute, you can't stop right now or the patient will die."

I'll look into FormClosing. I don't know if it's possible to abort the closing at that point or if it's already too late by that point.

:)
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private void Form1_FormClosing(object sender, FormClosingEventArgs e)
{
  e.Cancel = true;
}

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(of course there will be more to it in the real code.)
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Be aware that FormClosing is called not matter how the application is called to close. Even a Task Manager call if the user wants to stop a frozen application.

If you set Cancel to True while Windows is closing for instance, Windows won't close.

Before setting Cancel to True, examine the CloseReason. If it comes from the TaskManager, your application is probably stuck, do not Cancel, otherwise the application won't lose.
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:) thank you for the info. we'll examine CloseReason.
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