Even More Windows Secrets for Visual Basic .NET
How to 'Reset' a Form
If you've created a data entry style Windows form that needs "resetting" with each addition, the code to clear the TextBox controls, uncheck the CheckBox controls, and so on can all get a little repetitive—particularly if you have to write it for multiple forms.
That's where the following method could prove useful. Simply pass in a form as a parameter, and it'll reset the main data entry controls: TextBox, CheckBox, and ComboBox. You also could easily extend it to cater to RadioButton, ListBox, CheckedListBox, DomainUpDown, NumericUpDown, MonthCalendar, and DateTimePicker controls, too. To ensure flexibility, this subroutine automatically bypasses all controls with "skip" somewhere in the Tag property.
Public Sub ResetForm(ByVal FormToReset As Form) ' Resets the main data entry controls ' on the passed FormToReset Dim objControl As Control ' Loop round every control on the form For Each objControl In FormToReset.Controls ' Check we don't need to skip this control If InStr(objControl.Tag, "skip", CompareMethod.Text) = 0 _ Then If TypeOf (objControl) Is _ System.Windows.Forms.TextBox Then objControl.Text = "" ' Clear TextBox ElseIf _ TypeOf (objControl) Is System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox _ Then Dim objCheckBox As System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox _ = objControl objCheckBox.Checked = False ' Uncheck CheckBox ElseIf _ TypeOf (objControl) Is System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox _ Then Dim objComboBox As System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox _ = objControl objComboBox.SelectedIndex _ = -1 ' Deselect any ComboBox entry End If End If Next End Sub
You could use this function behind your form, as so:
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