form redrawing/refreshing/ a newbie!

03-17-2003, 07:57 PM
hi, i'm a visual basic newbie (but not a programming or computer newbie, if that will help), and i'm trying to build a database to keep track of my cd and document collection. i have a form set up that has a row of icons (they are picture boxes) such as "cd", "documents", "misc", "search" and when they are clicked (let's say a cd icon for the cd database), instead of a new form popping up that displays the cd collection form, the current form "refreshes" and displays some labels, text boxes and a few other objects that are totally exclusive to the cd database. on the other hand, if the documents menu is clicked, the form redraws and displays a totally new layout for the documents database. again, this is almost the same thing as loading a new form. the only thing is, it has stumped me and i haven't gotten very far with this program. imagine a web page that has frames, if you click somewhere in the navigation frame, the main content loads. this is how i want the form to act.




03-17-2003, 08:32 PM
You could do this any number of ways - a tab control or a toolbar for the icons and frames that you show and hide are probably the two most popular. Either way would probably do for you.

03-17-2003, 09:51 PM
Take a look at this control.

03-18-2003, 10:05 AM
hmm, after launching the testtabbar project and after double clicking on the form, vb crashes and says that the "memory cannot be read. from address 0x...etc"...dang it.

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