Chapter 13. Band Objects

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Chapter 13. Band Objects

If you need to extend the shell and a GUI is a must, band objects are the way to go. Band objects are only available with shell versions 4.71 and later. This means that to use them, you need to have installed Internet Explorer 4.0 or later with the shell integration option selected (this is built into Windows 2000 by default). Well, actually, that isn't entirely true. If you haven't installed shell integration, you are limited to using band objects with Internet Explorer. In other words, you're restricted to Internet-only applications. But, hey, that might not be so bad, right? The Internet is a big place. Just be aware that with the shell integration installed, you have the ability to write band objects that take advantage of your "local" needs as well.

Band objects come in several flavors: Explorer bands (also called Explorer bars), Communication bands, and Desk bands. There is also an additional band type called a Tool band. All four bands are implemented in exactly the same way. The distinction between them lies in where the bands are displayed. Explorer bars are displayed vertically on the left side of Explorer. Examples of system-defined Explorer bands include the Search, Favorites, History, and Folders bands. These can be accessed by selecting View figs/u2192.gif Explorer Bar in Explorer's main menu. The remaining band objects are:

Communication bands

An example of a Communication band is the Tip of the Day band, which is accessed from the same menu.

Desk bands

These are not displayed in Explorer proper, but rather in the task bar (actually, the desktop is a running instance of Explorer).

Tool bands

These were introduced with Internet Explorer Version 5.0. The radio band is an example of such a band (yes, IE 5.0 has a radio). This band type is basically an addition to Explorer's toolbar.

Illustrations of all four band types can be seen in Figure 13.1 through Figure 13.4.

Figure 13.1. Explorer band
Figure 13.2. Communication band
Figure 13.3. Desk band
Figure 13.4. Tool band
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Visual Basic Shell Programming
Visual Basic Shell Programming
ISBN: B00007FY99
Year: 2000
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