MDI border

Hello,

Im trying to remove borders from my MDI Container, after a search around I found this code. However, I need some advise on a small issue. The problem I have is that My MDI Container has a Panel, Status Bar, Tool Strip and Menu Strip. The issue is that this is not taken into account and the contents of the form is all over the place and Im not sure on what to do.

        Dim f2 As New fm_dash
        f2.TopLevel = False
        f2.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
        f2.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.None
        Me.Controls.Add(f2)
        f2.Show()

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lincstechAsked:
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)Connect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
At first sight, its what I thought. The grey background you get when it runs in f2 form that fills the MDI because it's marked as being Docked.

From what I see of your design, you are trying to do something similar to Outlook, with some kind of selection bar the the left, and a place to display information on the right.

In such a situation, a MDI form is not the way to go.  What you need is to insert your f2 inside of the panel, not inside of the main Form, something similar to the following:

Dim f2 As New fm_dash
f2.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
f2.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.None
<YourPanel>.Controls.Add(f2)
f2.Show()
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
Not exactly clear, a screenshot might help, but if I get it right:

f2.Dock = DockStyle.Fill

When  DockStyle is set to Fill, a control (and a form is a control) will take up all the available space Inside of its container. Do not care about the DockStyle and you might get what you are looking for.
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lincstechAuthor Commented:
Okay so this is how the form looks
Error2
And this is what its like debugged
Error1
As you can see the other form consumes the whole thing

And this is taking your suggestion
Error3
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lincstechAuthor Commented:
I don't quite understand I am trying to achieve what you have outlined however, if I do what you've outlined if I'm correct which I doubt that but I get an error during debugging.
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
And what is the error. I cannot help you if I do not have the details.
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lincstechAuthor Commented:
Error
That's what I get.
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
Look at the error window carefully when you get an error. The second paragraph in the error dialog, "Additional information", sometimes offer a good clue to the cause of the problem. It is doing so in your screenshot.

I did not test the code I sent you (I should have) and forgot the following line:

f2.TopLevel = False

This is needed when you want to treat a form as a standard control.

Sorry.
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lincstechAuthor Commented:
Excellent Thank you for your help
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