C# Progress Bar TutorialC# Progress Bar Tutorial

Ok so as I explained above we are going to be writing a program in Visual C# that allows a progress bar to advance by button click or by a timer that we have set up.

1.First thing we want to do is open up our Visual Studio or C# Express Edition which you can download from Microsoft's website. Please note that Dreamspark users are allowed to download a free copy of Visual Studio from their campuses online store. Dream Spark is for Students currently enrolled in some kind of education

2.Second your going to want to create a new project and name it whatever you see fit I named mine C Sharp tutorial 1

3.Make a button by opening the tool box which should be located on the left side of the Visual Studio/C# Express Edition Interface and double click on it. Next scroll down and find the progress bar in the tool box and double click it.

4.Set it up the way you like the form to look like you want it to. What i usually do is decrease the Height and increase the width.

5.Double click the button and under the button1_click type

progressbar1.Minimum = 0; 
progressbar1.Maximum = 100; 
progressbar1.Step = 1; 
progressbar1.PerformStep();

Now basically - progressbar1.Minimum is the least amount that the progress bar can reach and the progressbar1.Maximum is the highest amount that the progress bar can get to.

progressbar1.Step is basically saying that every time you click the button its going to perform a step so you would have to click the button 100 times.

6.Next go back to the Form.cs [Design] and go to the tool box and scroll down to the timer and double click it. Now if you go over to the Properties Panel it shows interval. Basically what an interval is, is that every tick of the timer its going to advance by whatever we set it to. Enabled is basically telling you that the timer is going to start off until you enable it.

7. Next double click the button and delete the code that you just wrote and type

timer1.Enabled = true;

basically this is saying to start the timer when the button is clicked

8. Go back to the Form.cs[Design] and double click on the timer button which should be located at the bottom of the Interface. Now the code your about to see is going to look extremely familiar. You are going to want to type

progressbar1.Minimum = 0; 
progressbar1.Maximum = 100; 
progressbar1.Step = 1; 
progressbar1.PerformStep();

And hit debug now you'll see that it advances as soon as you hit the button. Now if you want to make it go by faster you can change the progressbar1.Step = 1; to progressbar1.Step = (Whatever Number you like);

by Peyton Lee
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