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Color ProgressBar

, 30 Apr 2004
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An attractive and fancier ProgressBar.


This is a fairly simple Progress Bar control inherited from Windows.Forms.Control. The reason I reinvented this "wheel" is I don't like the looks of traditional ProgressBar provided in VS.NET. My ColorProgressBar looks more attractive and fancier, yet keeps the functionalities of old ProgressBar. I hope I will get some genuine comments or suggestion from you.

Complete source code can be downloaded from the link above.

Control Properties

  • BarColor

    The primary color of ColorProgressBar.

  • BorderColor

    The border color of ColorProgressBar.

  • FillStyle

    Bar styles, "Solid" or "Dashed".

  • Maximum

    The maximum value of ColorProgressBar.

  • Minimum

    The minimum value or the initial value of ColorProgressBar.

  • Value

    The current value of ColorProgressBar.

  • Step

    The value of each increment or decrement when you call methods PerformStep() and PerformStepBack().

Control Methods

  • PerformStep()

    Call the PerformStep() method to increase the value set in the Step property.

  • PerformStepBack()

    Call the PerformStepBack() method to decrease the value set in the Step property.

  • Increment(int value)

    Call the Increment() method to increase the integer value you specify.

  • Decrement(int value)

    Call the Decrement() method to decrease the integer value you specify.


- See snapshot above

A timer is used to fake progress.

// Control declarations
this.cpb1 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb2 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb3 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb4 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb5 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.cpb6 = new ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar();
this.timer1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Timer(this.components);

// cpb1
this.cpb1.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(128)), ((System.Byte)(128)));
this.cpb1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb1.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Dashed;
this.cpb1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 48);
this.cpb1.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb1.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb1.Name = "cpb1";
this.cpb1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(150, 15);
this.cpb1.Step = 10;
this.cpb1.TabIndex = 0;
this.cpb1.Value = 0;
// cpb2
this.cpb2.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(255)), ((System.Byte)(128)));
this.cpb2.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb2.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Solid;
this.cpb2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 72);
this.cpb2.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb2.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb2.Name = "cpb2";
this.cpb2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(150, 15);
this.cpb2.Step = 10;
this.cpb2.TabIndex = 1;
this.cpb2.Value = 100;
// cpb3
this.cpb3.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(128)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(255)), ((System.Byte)(128)));
this.cpb3.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb3.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Dashed;
this.cpb3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 104);
this.cpb3.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb3.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb3.Name = "cpb3";
this.cpb3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(192, 24);
this.cpb3.Step = 10;
this.cpb3.TabIndex = 2;
this.cpb3.Value = 0;
// cpb4
this.cpb4.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(128)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(255)), ((System.Byte)(255)));
this.cpb4.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb4.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Solid;
this.cpb4.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 144);
this.cpb4.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb4.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb4.Name = "cpb4";
this.cpb4.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(192, 24);
this.cpb4.Step = 10;
this.cpb4.TabIndex = 3;
this.cpb4.Value = 100;
// cpb5
this.cpb5.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(128)), ((System.Byte)(255)));
this.cpb5.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb5.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Solid;
this.cpb5.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 184);
this.cpb5.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb5.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb5.Name = "cpb5";
this.cpb5.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 32);
this.cpb5.Step = 10;
this.cpb5.TabIndex = 4;
this.cpb5.Value = 0;
// cpb6
this.cpb6.BarColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((System.Byte)(255)), 
                     ((System.Byte)(128)), ((System.Byte)(0)));
this.cpb6.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
this.cpb6.FillStyle = ColorProgressBar.ColorProgressBar.FillStyles.Dashed;
this.cpb6.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 232);
this.cpb6.Maximum = 100;
this.cpb6.Minimum = 0;
this.cpb6.Name = "cpb6";
this.cpb6.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 32);
this.cpb6.Step = 10;
this.cpb6.TabIndex = 5;
this.cpb6.Value = 100;
// timer1
this.timer1.Enabled = true;
this.timer1.Tick += new System.EventHandler(this.timer1_Tick);
// Actual manipulation by timer1
private void timer1_Tick(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    // All values are reset at the end to have endless loop
    if (cpb1.Value == cpb1.Maximum)
        cpb1.Value = cpb1.Minimum;

    if (cpb2.Value == cpb2.Minimum)
        cpb2.Value = cpb2.Maximum;

    if (cpb3.Value == cpb3.Maximum)
        cpb3.Value = cpb3.Minimum;

    if (cpb4.Value == cpb4.Minimum)
        cpb4.Value = cpb4.Maximum;

    if (cpb5.Value == cpb5.Maximum)
        cpb5.Value = cpb5.Minimum;

    if (cpb6.Value == cpb6.Minimum)
        cpb6.Value = cpb6.Maximum;

Missing Features

  • Percentage indicator.


Using the Control

Adding ColorProgressBar control to Windows Form Toolbox

  1. Right-click the Windows Form Toolbox and choose Customize Toolbox... from the shortcut menu. The Customize Toolbox dialog box opens.
  2. Choose the .NET Framework Components tab and click Browse. Browse to the ColorProgressBar\bin\Release or \debug folder and select ColorProgressBar.dll. ColorProgressBar appears in the list of components in the Customize Toolbox dialog box.
  3. Check the box next to ColorProgressBar and Select OK. The ColorProgressBar is now added to the tab of the Windows ToolBox.

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Alan Zhao
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionLicense Type Used Pinmemberdbhatt7923-Feb-15 7:53 
QuestionThank you PinmemberSrgjanX17-Feb-15 9:17 
Questiongood job PinmemberMember 111692202-Nov-14 15:15 
GeneralGood Job Alan Zhao. PinmemberNipuna Sandas6-Aug-14 0:58 
QuestionMany thanks PinmemberDavid W. Wolfe13-Sep-13 0:34 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmemberdan30085-May-13 6:54 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberAfaan Bilal3-Jan-13 7:14 
QuestionGreat and nice job! how can use in WPF? Pinmemberpablomartin29-Aug-12 0:32 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberabdul_khader2-May-12 6:28 
Generalrequesting agreement Pinmembergiova8-Nov-09 3:26 
GeneralRe: requesting agreement Pinmembergiova8-Nov-09 8:58 
Well my job is allmost over; just few improvement to add, also the Shape property to implement.
here the current result
On this picture, you see :
1st progressbar : simply with default properties values.
2nd progressbar : with properties set so the progressbar appareance is close of the .NET progressbar
3rd progressbar : with DisplayPercent property set to false, and using ValueChanged event to customize displayed text; also i've set Font to bold, and ForeColor to white.
4th & 5th progressbars : with TextAlign set to left (with margin.left property set to 15); 2nd one with text align set to Right
Last progressbar is a fake, because often people asks how to do a K2000 effet, i simply used the .NET progressbar, and set its style to K2000 Wink | ;)
Many other features and improvement into my class, described with comments (events, properties added, minor bugfixes,and so on)
Just awaiting agreement to publish...
GeneralThanks Pinmemberrushsky27-Oct-09 22:11 
GeneralMy vote of 2 PinmemberChizik4-May-09 22:00 
GeneralI'm new and I'd like to use this but I don't where to put everything. PinmemberDFlat4Now2-Oct-08 11:24 
GeneralMarquee PinmemberUltraWhack31-Mar-08 11:20 
GeneralC sharp Pinmembernayyumaung16-Jan-07 21:11 
GeneralExcellent Pinmemberjlgbzh13-Jun-05 2:44 
GeneralInvalidate() method doesn't update always Pinmemberrudy.net28-May-05 20:52 
GeneralRe: Invalidate() method doesn't update always Pinmembereliakaris8-Jun-05 4:39 
GeneralEnhancement of the project PinmemberDDISoft23-Mar-05 23:04 
GeneralRe: Enhancement of the project PinmemberAlan Zhao27-Mar-05 11:09 
GeneralRe: Enhancement of the project PinmemberDDISoft31-Mar-05 4:07 
GeneralVisualStyle Pinmembervandergeld24-Feb-05 0:42 
GeneralThank You. PinmemberKarv2-Feb-05 11:30 
QuestionHow to clear progress bar PinsussAnonymous28-Jul-04 15:30 

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