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3.1 Positioning the Toolbox
The Toolbox is usually hidden when you start Visual Basic 2013, you need to click View on the menu bar and then select Toolbox to reveal the tool box, as shown in Figure 3.1. You can also use shortcut keys Ctrl+w+x to bring out the tool box.
You can position the toolbox by dragging it anywhere you like while its status is set to float. You can also dock the toolbox by right-clicking on the tool box and choose dock from the pop-up menu. The docked tool box that appears side by side with the default form is as shown in Figure 3.2.
You can also dock the tool box at the bottom, below the default form, as shown in Figure 3.3
Further, you may also pin the tool box to the side bar or the bottom bar by clicking on the pin icon on the menu bar of the tool box.
How and where you want to position your tool box is entirely up to you but I strongly suggest that you place the tool box along side or at the bottom of the default form so that it is easy for you to add controls from the tool box into the form. You should never cover the form with the tool box because it will be difficult to add controls to the form.
3.2 Adding Controls to the Form and Changing Their Properties
Adding controls to the form is an easy task, what you need to do is drag a control from the tool box and drop it onto the form or draw it on the form. You can drag the control around the form and you can also resize it easily.
Finally , add two buttons to the form and change the text to View and Close in their respective properties windows. Now, we have designed a basic picture viewer. We shall add more features later.
The picture viewer is not functional until we write code to response to events triggered by user. We will deal with the programming part in the coming lessons.