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Very simple way to restore form window to its previous state

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Here is a way to do this without using the registry.
In the project's properties, Settings pane, add the following settings. You can name these settings anything you want, but use the same setting name in the code shown below:
Name: MainWindowState
Type: System.Windows.Forms.FormWindowState
Scope: User
Name: MainWindowLocation
Type: System.Drawing.Point
Scope: User
Name: MainWindowSize
Type: System.Drawing.Size
Scope: User
Put the following in the form's Load event:
    Dim st As FormWindowState = My.Settings.MainWindowState
    Dim siz As Size = My.Settings.MainWindowSize
    Dim loc As Point = My.Settings.MainWindowLocation
    Me.WindowState = st
    If Me.WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal Then
        If siz.Width <> 0 AndAlso siz.Height <> 0 Then Me.Size = siz
        If loc.X <> 0 AndAlso loc.Y <> 0 Then Me.Location = loc
    End If
Catch ex As Exception
    Me.Location = New Point(100, 100)
End Try
Put the following in the form's FormClosing event:
My.Settings.MainWindowState = Me.WindowState
If Me.WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal Then
    My.Settings.MainWindowLocation = Me.Location
    My.Settings.MainWindowSize = Me.Size
End If
Add settings for as many forms as you want to track in your project, and adjust the code accordingly. Put the code blocks in each form, referencing the proper setting name. Each user will then have the forms appear exactly as he/she left them the last time.


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Generalnice answer I prefer to steer away from the registry as much... PinmemberSimon_Whale6-Jun-11 1:34 
GeneralYou could also use Xml file to accomplish this Pinmembercharles henington20-Mar-11 20:46 
GeneralI prefer the settings method as well. This allows for bette... PinmemberTheyCallMeMrJames20-Mar-11 11:30 
I prefer the settings method as well. This allows for better portability and is more in line with recent guidance.

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