I am making a program where I need to dynamically add buttons to a form. When the form loads anywhere from 0-30 buttons will need to be loaded. When a button is pressed it needs to run a common function, but pass a unique parameter to the function so it knows what button was pressed. I have looked on the internet and I have found ways to add buttons during run time, but they always have to predetermined before the program is complied.

Here is an example of what i want my program to do.

On load

create a button for each id# in an array

when that button is pressed it passes that id# to a function as a parameter.

Thanks in advance

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Last Post by Teme64

I would use button's Tag property to store information about which button have been clicked. Here's the full code

Public Class Form1

  Private Sub NewButton(ByVal ButtonNumber As Integer)
    ' Create a new button
    Dim oButton As Button

    oButton = New Button
    ' Set properties. Change these as you like and set other props if needed
    oButton.Enabled = True
    oButton.Location = New Point(ButtonNumber * 30, ButtonNumber * 30)
    oButton.Name = "MyButton" & ButtonNumber.ToString
    oButton.Size = New Size(75, 23)
    oButton.Text = "Button" & ButtonNumber.ToString
    oButton.Visible = True
    ' Use Tag property to store "which button" information
    oButton.Tag = ButtonNumber
    ' Add button click handler
    AddHandler oButton.Click, AddressOf onButtonClick
    ' Add to this forms controls collection

  End Sub

  Private Sub MyFunc(ByVal ButtonNumber As Integer)
    ' Do your stuff here

    MessageBox.Show("You clicked button: " & ButtonNumber.ToString, "Click", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Information)

  End Sub

  Private Sub onButtonClick(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
    ' Handle button click and check which button is clicked
    Dim ButtonNumber As Integer

    ' Get Tag property. Cast sender to Button first
    If CType(sender, Button).Tag IsNot Nothing Then
      ' Check that button's Tag property contains a valid integer
      If Integer.TryParse(CType(sender, Button).Tag.ToString, ButtonNumber) Then
        ' Now we have a valid button number to be used
      End If
    End If

  End Sub

  Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
    ' Create buttons dynamically on form load
    Dim i As Integer

    For i = 0 To 30
    Next i

  End Sub

End Class

I tried to comment the code so you can easily modify it. The key portion of the code is onButtonClick event handler. I used integers as button "id" but you can use some other data type if needed.



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