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Visual Basic Tutorial

  • By Karl Moore
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If you've not already installed Visual Basic, now's a really good time to do so. Otherwise this tutorial will be about as useful as a very large hole in a rather small head. Don't worry - it's pretty straight forward.

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To setup Visual Basic:

  • Insert the Visual Basic setup CD-ROM
  • Click Start
  • Click Run
  • Type in "x:\setup.exe", where 'x' is the letter of your CD drive
  • Follow the on-screen wizard until complete

Let's run Visual Basic now. The process of opening VB varies from version to version, but in general...

To open Visual Basic:

  • Click Start
  • Select Programs
  • Highlight the Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual Studio folder
  • Click the Microsoft Visual Basic icon

After a few seconds of frantic whirring, you should be presented with a screen similar to the following:

If you don't have all the fancy icons I have, don't worry. It's not my fault you've been a real cheapskate and bought some cut-down, fell-off-the-back-of-a-lorry version. Ahem.

All those pretty little pictures depict the different types of programs you can create with Visual Basic. But right now, we're not bothered with all the frills - we just want to get our hands dirty with a little code!

  • Highlight "Standard EXE" and click Open

A mini-screen with a title of "Form1" should appear. This is the starting block for your application - the screen users will see when they finally run your program.

At the moment, your screen should look something like this...

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This article was originally published on November 2, 2002

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