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Vertical ProgressBar

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A vertical progressbar inherited from UserControl.

Sample Image - verticalprogressbar.jpg


This is a very simple progress bar inherited from System.Windows.Forms.UserControl. The System.Windows.Forms.ProgressBar is only horizontal. And I cannot find a vertical version of a progress bar. I implemented this vertical progress bar with the same behavior as the horizontal progress bar. For my personal purpose, I provided this vertical progress bar with some enhanced features. First, the bar color can be changed by Color property. Second, the bar can be set to solid by setting Style property to Styles.Solid. The last feature is that the vertical progress bar can be borderless by setting BorderStyle property to BorderStyles.None.


The code is very simple. The Styles and BorderStyles enums are defined as:

public enum Styles
    Classic, // same as ProgressBar
public enum BorderStyles
    Classic, // same as ProgressBar

The VerticalProgressBar class is inherited from UserControl class. You can specify a particular image by using the ToolboxBitmapAttribute class. Here, I used the same image as the ProgressBar.

[Description("Vertical Progress Bar")]
public sealed class VerticalProgressBar : System.Windows.Forms.UserControl
    ...    ...

For convenience, all of the vertical progress bar properties are organized into VerticalProgressBar category on the property window of Visual Studio .NET, using Category attribute.

[Description( "VerticalProgressBar Maximum Value")]
[Category( "VerticalProgressBar" )]
public int Maximum
    return m_Maximum;
    m_Maximum = value;
    if(m_Maximum < m_Minimum)
        if(m_Maximum < m_Value)
                m_Value = m_Maximum;

... ...

OnPaint function was overridden to draw bar and border if needed.

protected override void OnPaint(System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs e)
    Graphics dc = e.Graphics;
    //Draw Bar

    //Draw Border


Using the Code

To use this vertical progress bar, copy the VerticalProgressBar.dll under your project directory. Then choose Add/Remove Items.. on the context menu of toolbox pane, and select this file to add this control to the toolbox. It will show the same icon as the ProgressBar. Then you can use it as same as ProgressBar. The default properties of this vertical progress bar are set to the same as the ProgressBar. You can change Color, Style, and BorderStyle properties as you need.


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About the Author

Jiajun Lu
Web Developer
United States United States
I started programming 10 years ago on a 80286 PC with dbase system. Now, I am a graduate student of Texas A&M University. I am working on the research on Collaborative Systems. My works are on both Windows and Linux platform in C/C++ programming languages. I am pretty interested in .NET frameworks and C#, and adapt some works on .NET frameworks.

Comments and Discussions

Generalappreciated PinmemberMember 1041477627-Dec-13 23:39 
QuestionVerticalProgressBar does not appear in the toolbox Pinmemberpetrus bitbyter17-Apr-12 3:13 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberJohn Smith Becera18-Oct-10 22:48 
GeneralTop Down Progress [modified] PinmemberHamsterhead200123-Mar-08 17:14 
JokeRe: Top Down Progress PinmemberIngenious00117-Jun-08 23:39 
GeneralNice PinmemberPaul Conrad4-Nov-07 7:50 
GeneralVisualStyles PinmemberThe_Mega_ZZTer2-Nov-07 9:55 
GeneralUpdated PinmemberJiajun Lu2-Nov-07 3:06 
GeneralRe: Updated PinmemberMember 61050225-Jun-09 20:03 
GeneralDerive from Control, not UserControl PinmemberSAKryukov23-Oct-07 6:42 
GeneralRe: Derive from Control, not UserControl Pinmembernorm .net2-Nov-07 1:49 
GeneralRe: Derive from Control, not UserControl PinmemberThe_Mega_ZZTer2-Nov-07 9:48 
GeneralRe: Derive from Control, not UserControl Pinmembernorm .net4-Nov-07 20:36 
GeneralRe: Derive from Control, not UserControl PinmvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer25-Nov-07 2:57 
Questionhow we differentiate word dll version Pinmemberram on c#11-Jun-07 21:41 
QuestionMultiple Color PinmemberReza Shojaie14-May-07 2:34 
AnswerRe: Multiple Color PinmemberJiajun Lu2-Nov-07 3:09 
QuestionCan I use it on VB .net? PinmemberMember #382687913-Feb-07 17:06 
AnswerRe: Can I use it on VB .net? PinmemberPaul Conrad4-Nov-07 7:49 
GeneralWindows Vertical Progressbar Pinmemberreflex@codeproject24-Sep-06 13:49 
AnswerRe: Windows Vertical Progressbar PinmemberGLMnet2-Aug-07 9:31 
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GeneralInfinite Loop Pinmemberteeinep11-Jul-06 3:14 
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