Arranging Windows with Visual Basic Docking

By Wallace Wang

With so many windows cluttering up the screen, you can see how easily the windows overlap one another and just get in the way. To help solve this problem, Visual Basic offers a docking feature.

Docking simply means that Visual Basic neatly stacks your windows to one side of the screen. To dock (or undock) a window, follow these steps:

1. Move the mouse cursor over the title bar of the window you want to dock (or undock).

2. Double-click the left mouse button.

Visual Basic automatically docks (or undocks) your chosen window.

In case you don’t want Visual Basic to dock (or undock) your windows at all, you can turn off the docking feature. To turn the docking feature on or off for a particular window, follow these steps:

1. Choose Tools–>Options.

An Options dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1: The Options dialog box.

2. Click on the Docking tab.

3. Click on a check box to place a check mark in or remove a check mark from that check box.

A check mark means that the docking feature is turned on for that particular window. An empty check mark means that the docking feature is (surprise!) turned off.

4. Click on OK.