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BusyBar control

, 8 Jun 2004
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Custom Control to display busyness


A busy dialog often shows the standard (boring) wait cursor. To give applications a different feel, I created a few controls called BusyBars.

Classes in this assembly

The assembly contains 3 classes:
  • ColorFadeBusyBar
  • ImageFadeBusyBar
  • BlockFadeBusyBar

ColorFadeBusyBar class

The ColorFadeBusyBar class provides a color slide bar running from left to right. The start and end color of the bar can be set:

For best results, set the Color2 property to the same color as the control background color (Default):

ImageFadeBusyBar class

Instead a color slided bar, the ImageFadeBusyBar control displays an image:

BlockFadeBusyBar class

The BlockFadeBusyBar control goes a total different way. It displays a few blocks and one block is drawn in another color. It is also moving from the left to the right:

Optionally the random mode can be activated.

Something similar for unmanaged code can be found here.

Using the code

Using the control is very easy. Simply add a reference to your .net project, add it to your tool box and then drag it to your form. All necessary properties can be changed through the visual studio property window. Download the whole solution which includes the source code and the demo application shown on the screenshots below.


Send me feedback if you have some additional ideas.


May, 19. 2004 -- Version 1.0

  • Initial Creation

Jun, 07. 2004 -- Version 1.1

  • Reduced flickering. Thx to MCHANNER for the code
  • Added status text feature. Thx to for the idea


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GeneralObject Disposed Exception Fix Pin
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GeneralBusy bar repaint problem Pin
Ivan Mitev13-Oct-04 5:13
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GeneralRe: Busy bar repaint problem Pin
Ivan Mitev14-Oct-04 4:17
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GeneralRe: Busy bar repaint problem Pin
Ivan Mitev15-Oct-04 4:32
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GeneralRe: Busy bar repaint problem Pin
TeeBee30317-Oct-04 0:30
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GeneralA little Modification to use more easy in VS.NET IDE Pin
Ivan Mitev12-Oct-04 21:17
memberIvan Mitev12-Oct-04 21:17 
GeneralRe: A little Modification to use more easy in VS.NET IDE Pin
TeeBee30313-Oct-04 4:50
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GeneralRe: A little Modification to use more easy in VS.NET IDE Pin
Ivan Mitev13-Oct-04 5:01
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GeneralNice job! Pin
pdelmundo18-Jun-04 10:23
memberpdelmundo18-Jun-04 10:23 
GeneralRe: Nice job! Pin
TeeBee30318-Jun-04 22:56
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