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Making Your Forms Look Pretty

Making your forms look good is the key to a successful application. There are two useful tools in Visual Studio .NET that will help you put the finishing touches on your forms. They are the Layout toolbar and the Tab Order tool.

The Layout toolbar enables you to align, resize, change spacing, and center controls on the form. Figure 3.16 demonstrates the Layout toolbar after selecting multiple controls on a form.

Figure 3.16Figure 3.16 Using the Layout toolbar to make forms look good.

The Tab Order tool is a massive improvement to setting the order in which controls receive focus on a form. You can still set the TabOrder property in the Properties window, but using the Tab Order tool, you can visually set the tab order of controls. To get to the Tab Order tool, you must select a control on the form and then select the Tab Order menu item from the View menu. Figure 3.17 demonstrates the tab order being visually displayed on a form.

Figure 3.17Figure 3.17 Setting the tab order visually.

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