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Visual Basic Integrated Development Environment(IDE)

VISUAL BASIC IDE (INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT ) is the environment in which its program are written and executed. IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. IDE is a term commonly used to describe the interface and environment for creating your application. It is called IDEbecause you can access all of the development tools that you need for developing an application.
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VISUAL BASIC IDE contains different components. These components are:
Tool Bar
It provides quick access to commonly used commands in the programming environment. You click a button on the toolbar to carry out the action represented by that button. The Standard toolbar is displayed when you start Visual Basic. You can change toolbar settings by selecting Toolbars option form View menu.
Toolbar can be removed from beneath of the menu bar, if you click on the Left Edge and drag it away from the menu bar.
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Form Designer
Form objects are the basic building blocks of Visual Basic application.It is the actual window with which a user interacts at the start of application. Forms have their own properties, events, and methods with which you can control their appearance and behavior. Properties, events, and methods of a form will be explained further in tutorial.
The Form Window is central to developing Visual Basic applications.It is the window where you draw your application
Tool Box
The Toolbox is a long box with many different icons on it. It is the selection menu for controls (objects) used in your application. To work in Visual Basic we’ve to know about its tools so that we can make different forms, projects and how to edit them. we’ll learn all these things in this module.
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Property Window
Properties Window is used to establish initial property values for objects (Like Form etc.). The drop-down box at the top of the window lists all objects in the current form.Two views are available: Alphabetic and Categorized. Given box shows the available properties for currently selected object:
If you are not getting property window on IDE then click on Project Explorer option from view menu. Or, Use key F4 or Alt+V+W for displaying property window.
Project Explorer
Project Explorer Window displays a list of all forms used in making up your application. You can also obtain a view of the Form or Code windows (window containing the actual Basic coding) from Project Explorer window.
If you are not viewing Project Explorer on IDE then click on Project Explorer option from the view menu. OR, Use Ctrl+R for displaying Project Explorer Window.
Menu Bar
It is a horizontal strip that appears across the top of the screen and contains the names of menus.Menu Bar lists the menus that you can use in the active window.
You can modify the menu bar using the Commands tab of the Customize dialog box. For that go to the View menu ,then select Toolbars. Now Click on the customize option. OR, You can use key combination Alt+V+T+C for that.
A window will appear like the figure given below:
A list of options will be displayed .A user can make a selection in order to perform a selected action. Suppose if you want to animate menu options then click on the options in above figure. OR, Use key combination Alt+V+T+C+O for animation.
Form Layout Window
Form Layout Window shows where (upon program execution) your form will be displayed relative to your monitor’s screen:
Click on to the Form Layout window option from view menu for displaying above window. OR, Use Key Combination Alt+V+F for that. It allows you to visually position your forms .
All forms will be displayed whenyou place your cursor over a form. Press the mouse button,and drag it where you want the position of your form.