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ActiveX Controls: The Definitive Guide

  • By Sam Huggill
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Before VB5, you needed to buy third party controls to do even simple tasks. VB 5 brought about a revolution in control creation, allowing developers to build activex controls very quickly and easily.

In the first part of this article, we take you through the basics of creating an ActiveX control in Visual Basic. We will explain the basics behind controls and how you can use some cool techniques to create a decent control.

For this article you can use the control creation edition of VB if you wish. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft web site.

Creating an ActiveX control is very simple. Open up VB and choose ActiveX Control from the open dialog. The usercontrol looks very like a form, and behaves in a similar way. Just try drawing some controls from the toolbox and settings some properties. Easy.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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