Dialog Boxes

How can I miss you when you won't go away?

Dan Hicks, "Original Recordings"

A dialog box is a simple form, though some dialog boxes are simpler than others. Typically, a dialog box either displays a message or gathers a bit of information. In either case, the dialog box "pops up" in the middle of your application to serve a specific targeted purpose.

A dialog box is distinguished from a form primarily by appearance (it is typically smaller and simpler than a full-form window) and function (it typically does only one thing), but the truth is there is no hard and fast distinction between a dialog box and a form. Both derive from the Form class.

That said, most dialog boxes have the following traits. They:

  • Cannot be resized (although this is changing, thankfully, since many dialog boxes benefit greatly from being resizable)
  • Do not appear in the Windows taskbar
  • Do not have a control menu in the upper-left corner
  • Do not have maximize or minimize buttons in the upper right corner
  • Exhibit modal behavior

Windows Forms and the .NET Framework

Getting Started

Visual Studio .NET


Windows Forms

Dialog Boxes

Controls: The Base Class

Mouse Interaction

Text and Fonts

Drawing and GDI+

Labels and Buttons

Text Controls

Other Basic Controls

TreeView and ListView

List Controls

Date and Time Controls

Custom Controls

Menus and Bars


Updating ADO.NET

Exceptions and Debugging

Configuration and Deployment

Programming. NET Windows Applications
Programming .Net Windows Applications
ISBN: 0596003218
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 148

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