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Simple VB.NET Notify Icon with Panel Application


Vikrant's article steps you through the process of building your own Notify Icon application, allowing you to run applications from the task tray, using VB.NET.

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By: R. Abhiram Vikrant
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October 05, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Simple VB.NET Notify Icon with Panel Application
  2. · Notify What?
  3. · The Application
  4. · Context Menu
  5. · Let's Get Cookin'!
  6. · The Code

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The application contains the following controls.  Add controls in the order as they appear below:

ControlName of the ControlValue
 Formform1 Text: System Tray icon and panel example 
 Add a Group Box  Control to hold the buttons  
GroupBox GroupBox1 Controls 
 Add buttons and linklabel to the group box 
ButtonButton1Text: Panel1
ButtonButton2Text: Panel2
Link LabelLinkLabel1Tray
 Add two panel control to the form 
PanelPanel1 
PanelPanel2 
 Add a Label to Panel1 
LabelLabel1Text: This is Panel1
 Add a Label to Panel2 
LabelLabel2Text: This is Panel2
 Add a context Menu to the form 
Context MenuCmn
 Menu Items are given below 
MenuItem&Exit MenuItem1 
MenutItemPanel&1pan1 
MenutItemPane&2pan2 

Select Panel1 and note its size and location parameters in the property window.

Apply the same location parameters of Panel1 to the Panel2 property sheet.  By now, Panel2 is above Panel1.

Now concentrating on Notify Icon, drag the Notify Icon control displayed in Windows Forms genre, in the tool box, to the form.  Notify Icon must be on the component tray.  Select it and change its name to nfi.  Now on the Notify Icon property sheet, choose the icon parameter and associate it with your favorite icon. This is the icon that will be displayed in the system tray.


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