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First off, we need to make sure it looks good! Your end-users might not appreciate the functionality, but they'll surely like the looks of your setup. And to do that, we need add a few more dialogs and perhaps enhance those already there.

According to the recent Dax Pandhi Setup Research Foundation survey, all of us are bored of the dialog shown while files are copied! ;) Well, my friends, not anymore

  • Open VB and load Setup1.vbp from where you left it in Part 1
  • Open FrmCopy in Design View. It looks something like this:

Well after we finish with it, it'll look like this:

  • Set the form's Height property to 5000
  • Drag all the existing controls to the lower part of the form as in the picture above
  • Now, add an Image control as in the picture above
  • Changes it's BorderStyle to "1 Fixed Single" and the Stretch property to True
  • Load your splash screen or billboard or whatever you want into the Picture property. It is great to put advertising in this dialog box! ;)

Why not spruce up a few other setup forms, too? Or even add a host of new forms, as we did in the last tutorial?

Next up, we're going to add a little code to ensure your setup has that 'customized feel'.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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