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Reading and Writing the Registry

You can read and write to the registry using SaveSetting() and GetSetting().

Here's an example of writing:

Call SaveSetting(App.Title, "UserDetails", _"Name", "Micky")

And reading:

MsgBox GetSetting(App.Title, "UserDetails", "Name")

Here's the syntax for each method:

Call SaveSetting(ApplicationName, SectionName, _KeyName, Value)
MsgBox GetSetting(ApplicationName, SectionName, _KeyName[, DefaultValue])

You can delve into the registry and view your stored values by running regedit.exe but do so with caution and be careful not to delete anything you shouldn't!

-- Anne Keitgen, Germany.

Create a Directory

Did you know Visual Basic has a built-in command to create a directory? For instance, to create the directory 'vbworld', run this:

MkDir ("c:\vbworld\")

-- Dr *.DOS, Hotmail.

Neat Code Tips

Hey fellow VB guys and gals, don't forget that you don't always have to start a new line to run a separate line of code just use the colon (:).

For example, this is interpreted as two lines of code yet takes up less room in the code window. It's great for compacting If-Then-Else statements, etc.

MsgBox "Happy Birthday": MsgBox "To Me"

-- Brad Windsor, Pittsburgh.

Well, that concludes this second selection of top code tips and tricks - check back next week for our third and final instalment!

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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