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c# winforms class to display 'please wait'

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Hi

I am trying to create a class that displays a message in a panel which is centered on the screen... a simple 'please wait' would be fine, so that I can call something like

busy()

to display the message no matter what form is open in the application...

Any ideas how I get this to work?

Cheers

CD
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by:AndyAinscow
ID: 39246691
Basically just how you described it.  Just use the .Show() method to show the window - that does not wait at that point.  In the form properties there is a setting for it to display centrally.

eg.
MyWaitForm frm = new MyWaitForm();
frm.Show();
....  //your code goes here
frm.Close();
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by:cycledude
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ah i see, so create a form with the message in it and then display the form...
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Yes - or you could even pass a message into the form if you wanted different messages from the default you supply.

MyWaitForm frm = new MyWaitForm();
frm.DisplayMessage("Hello");
frm.Show();
....  //your code goes here
frm.Close();

in the form
public void DisplayMessage(String s)
{
  this.MessageLabel.Text = s;  //MessageLabel is the control you display the 'Please Wait' in
}
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by:cycledude
ID: 39246725
so simple

I was thinking of creating a class, which created a panel in code then added a label and an image, then set the message... but this is way easier.. thanks
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by:cycledude
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;o)
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by:AndyAinscow
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The trick is the .Show() so it doesn't block the code.  However it does require you to close the form from code yourself.
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