I've developed an application that runs a program (specified in the code) when a button (10 buttons for 10 different programs) is pressed. What I want to do now, is make it so that when a button is pressed, you are asked what application you want to run. The selection must be remembered. If I need to post code, let me know.

EDIT: Also, when selecting the program, you are asked to give that button a title.

Edited 5 Years Ago by BCMusic24: n/a

It would help a great deal if you could post code and also explain a bit more what exactly your trying to achieve.

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I've royally messed something up. I'm starting from scratch. I'll be back shortly with your request.

The following code is from Form1.Designer.cs:

namespace AppLauncher
{
    partial class Form1
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// Required designer variable.
        /// </summary>
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;

        /// <summary>
        /// Clean up any resources being used.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }

        #region Windows Form Designer generated code

        /// <summary>
        /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
        /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
        /// </summary>
        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
            System.ComponentModel.ComponentResourceManager resources = new System.ComponentModel.ComponentResourceManager(typeof(Form1));
            this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button4 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button5 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.toolTip1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolTip(this.components);
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.menuStrip1 = new System.Windows.Forms.MenuStrip();
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem();
            this.menuStrip1.SuspendLayout();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // button1
            // 
            this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(158, 36);
            this.button1.Name = "button1";
            this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(85, 35);
            this.button1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.button1.Text = "IconWorkshop";
            this.button1.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
            this.button1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button1_Click);
            // 
            // button2
            // 
            this.button2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(158, 77);
            this.button2.Name = "button2";
            this.button2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(85, 35);
            this.button2.TabIndex = 1;
            this.button2.Text = "GIMP";
            this.button2.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
            this.button2.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button2_Click);
            // 
            // button3
            // 
            this.button3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(158, 118);
            this.button3.Name = "button3";
            this.button3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(85, 35);
            this.button3.TabIndex = 2;
            this.button3.Text = "Visual Studio 2010";
            this.button3.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
            this.button3.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button3_Click);
            // 
            // button4
            // 
            this.button4.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(158, 159);
            this.button4.Name = "button4";
            this.button4.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(85, 35);
            this.button4.TabIndex = 3;
            this.button4.Text = "Notepad++ (Unicode)";
            this.button4.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
            this.button4.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button4_Click);
            // 
            // button5
            // 
            this.button5.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(158, 200);
            this.button5.Name = "button5";
            this.button5.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(85, 35);
            this.button5.TabIndex = 4;
            this.button5.Text = "Notepad++ (ASNI)";
            this.button5.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
            this.button5.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button5_Click);
            // 
            // toolTip1
            // 
            this.toolTip1.UseAnimation = false;
            // 
            // fileToolStripMenuItem
            // 
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem.Name = "fileToolStripMenuItem";
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(32, 19);
            // 
            // helpToolStripMenuItem
            // 
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem.Name = "helpToolStripMenuItem";
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(32, 19);
            // 
            // aboutToolStripMenuItem
            // 
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem.Name = "aboutToolStripMenuItem";
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(32, 19);
            // 
            // exitToolStripMenuItem
            // 
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem.Name = "exitToolStripMenuItem";
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(32, 19);
            // 
            // menuStrip1
            // 
            this.menuStrip1.Items.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem1,
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem1});
            this.menuStrip1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
            this.menuStrip1.Name = "menuStrip1";
            this.menuStrip1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(252, 24);
            this.menuStrip1.TabIndex = 5;
            this.menuStrip1.Text = "menuStrip1";
            // 
            // fileToolStripMenuItem1
            // 
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem1.DropDownItems.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem1});
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem1.Name = "fileToolStripMenuItem1";
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(37, 20);
            this.fileToolStripMenuItem1.Text = "File";
            // 
            // exitToolStripMenuItem1
            // 
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem1.Name = "exitToolStripMenuItem1";
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(152, 22);
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem1.Text = "Exit";
            this.exitToolStripMenuItem1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.exitToolStripMenuItem1_Click);
            // 
            // helpToolStripMenuItem1
            // 
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem1.DropDownItems.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1});
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem1.Name = "helpToolStripMenuItem1";
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(44, 20);
            this.helpToolStripMenuItem1.Text = "Help";
            // 
            // aboutToolStripMenuItem1
            // 
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1.Name = "aboutToolStripMenuItem1";
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(152, 22);
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1.Text = "About";
            this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.aboutToolStripMenuItem1_Click);
            // 
            // Form1
            // 
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.BackgroundImage = ((System.Drawing.Image)(resources.GetObject("$this.BackgroundImage")));
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(252, 247);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button5);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button4);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button3);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button2);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button1);
            this.Controls.Add(this.menuStrip1);
            this.Icon = ((System.Drawing.Icon)(resources.GetObject("$this.Icon")));
            this.MainMenuStrip = this.menuStrip1;
            this.Name = "Form1";
            this.Text = "AppLauncher";
            this.Load += new System.EventHandler(this.Form1_Load);
            this.menuStrip1.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.menuStrip1.PerformLayout();
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.PerformLayout();

        }

        #endregion

        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button2;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button3;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button4;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button5;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolTip toolTip1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem fileToolStripMenuItem;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem exitToolStripMenuItem;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem helpToolStripMenuItem;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem aboutToolStripMenuItem;
        private System.Windows.Forms.MenuStrip menuStrip1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem fileToolStripMenuItem1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem exitToolStripMenuItem1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem helpToolStripMenuItem1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem aboutToolStripMenuItem1;
    }
}

The following code is from Form1.cs:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Diagnostics;

namespace AppLauncher
{
    public partial class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        {
            toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button1, "Launch Axialis IconWorkshop");
            toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button2, "Launch GIMP");
            toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button3, "Launch Microsoft Visual Studio 2010");
            toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button4, "Launch Notepad++ (Unicode)");
            toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button5, "Launch Notepad++ (ANSI)");
        }

        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            ProcessStartInfo info = new ProcessStartInfo(@"C:\Program Files\Axialis\IconWorkshop\IconWorkshop.exe");
            Process.Start(info);
        }

        private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            ProcessStartInfo info = new ProcessStartInfo(@"C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\bin\gimp-2.6.exe");
            Process.Start(info);
        }

        private void button3_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            ProcessStartInfo info = new ProcessStartInfo(@"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe");
            Process.Start(info);
        }

        private void button4_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            ProcessStartInfo info = new ProcessStartInfo(@"C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe");
            Process.Start(info);
        }

        private void button5_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            ProcessStartInfo info = new ProcessStartInfo(@"C:\Program Files\Notepad++\ansi\notepad++.exe");
            Process.Start(info);
        }

        private void exitToolStripMenuItem1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            Application.Exit();
        }

        private void aboutToolStripMenuItem1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            MessageBox.Show("", MessageBoxButtons.OK);
        }
    }
}

Right now, I only have 5 buttons setup, but I plan on doing 10.

Instead of having the programs hard-coded to each button, I want to change it so that when clicking a button, you are asked what program you want to be assigned to that particular button. The program selected should also be remembered. Also, all buttons will be named "Select...". The text of the button (with the appropriate "Launch *name of button* tooltips) will be specified by the user after selecting a program.

Edited 5 Years Ago by BCMusic24: n/a

Seems like you need to save this data somehow....
A simple text file would suffice, but for settings like this I (and many others) prefer to go with XML.

Example XML:
<Settings>
<button_data buttonID="1">C:\MyPath\File.exe</button_data>
<button_data buttonID="2">C:\MyPath\File2.exe</button_data>
<button_data buttonID="3" specialoption="RunInBackground">C:\MyPath\File3.exe</button_data>
</Settings>
Millions of tutorials on file IO and XML are available online, so I won't waste time with an example of how to implement it.

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