A Windows Form

Visual Studio is a tool that automates a lot of the tasks involved in creating a program. When you first open Visual Studio, it creates a skeleton of a program that you can modify to get a program that does what you want. You will be looking at something that looks like this:

Because Visual Studio helps you develop your programs, it is called an Integrated Development Environment, or IDE.

In the top left pane of the IDE you see what the form for your program will look like. The form is used to hold controls, which are components that the user uses to affect how the program executes, and which the program uses to display information to the user.

The Visual Studio IDE can be configured to look different, so what you see on your screen may not match up exactly with what is shown here.

On the left edge if the IDE window, circled with a arrow pointing to it, you have the tool box tab. Click on it, an then on the menu that pops out, click on the All Windows Forms item.

The toolbox holds different user interface components that you can drag and place on the form. The controls are actually objects, just as the form itself in also an object. The controls, being objects, have data members and methods. The data members of a control are called properties. After you have placed a control on the form, you can select it by clicking on it with the mouse. When you do, a page of properities for the control shows up, usually at the bottom right of the the Visual Studio window.



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