THE VISUAL BASIC 6 INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT

On start up, Visual Basic 6.0 will display a dialog box. You can choose to either start a new project, open an existing project or select a list of recently opened programs.

The Visual Basic development environment contains these programming tools and windows.

Menu bar.

Tool bars.

Visual Basic tool bar.

Form Window.

Properties Window.

Project Explorer.

Immediate Window.

Form Layout Window.

VB TOOLBAR

The Visual Basic tool bar contains following tools:

  • Art work.
  • Labets and text boxes.
  • Buttons.
  • List boxes.
  • Scroll bar.
  • File system controls.
  • Timers.
  • Geometric shapes.
  • Data and OLE controls.

FORM WINDOW

When you start Visual Basic, a default form (form1) with a standard  

Grid (a window consisting of regularly spaced dots) appears in a pane called the Form Window. You can use Form Window grid to create the user interface and to line up interface elements.

PROPERTIES WINDOW

With the Properties Window, you change the characteristics (Property Settings) of the user Interface elements on a form. A property setting is a characteristic of a user Interface object.

For example, you can change the text displayed by a text box control to a different font, point size, or alignment.

PROJECT WINDOW

A Visual Basic program consists of several files that are linked together to make the program run.

The Visual Basic 6.0 development environment includes a Project Window to help you switch back and forth between these components as you work on a project.

FORM LAYOUT WINDOW

The Form Layout Window is a Visual design tool. With it, you can control the placement of the forms in the windows environment when they are executed.

 

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