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Lesson 27 : Using Timer

In this Lesson, we shall show you how to use the timer in Visual Basic 2010. The timer is used to manage events that are time-related. For example, you can use the timer to create a clock, a stopwatch, a dice, animation and more.

27.1 Creating a Clock

To create a clock, you need to use the Timer control that comes with Visual Basic 2010. The Timer control is a control object that is only used by the developer, it is invisible during runtime and it does not allow the user to interact with it.

First of all, start a new project in Visual Basic 2010 and select a new Windows Application. You can give the project any name you wish, we named it MyClock. Change the caption of the Form1 to MyClock in the properties window. Now add the Timer control to the form by dragging it from the control tool Box. Next, insert a label control into the form. Change the Font size of the label to 14 or any size you wish, and set the Font alignment to be the middle center. Lastly, you shall also set the Interval property of the Timer control to 1000, which reflects a one-second interval(1 unit is 1 millisecond).

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