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I am rewriting an application of my own that is currently in VBA, using VS2010 &

This, I hope is a simple question, that will put me clear on the best way to do something.

Currently I have a Form that has a Button on the left, followed by 3 TextBoxes to the right, these are replicated down the page as Button1 thru 14, TextBox 1, 2 & 3 thru 40, 41 & 42.

When a Button is clicked, the data in the corresponding TextBoxes is used in the following screens & processing, all pretty basic stuff, though I obviously have to keep track of all the numbers.

I can do this in as well, but I imagine that there is a better way of doing this, using some kind of Container, Table or Grid ... all I am looking for here is a bit of guidance on my best option and, if possible, a pointer to an example of it in use and I can work from there ...

Thanks in advance ...

I forgot to say, there are not a fixed number of Rows here, so I could add or delete rows, that's why the method I currently use isn't the best ...
Posted 28-Feb-13 5:22am
Updated 28-Feb-13 5:30am
BC @ CV 28-Feb-13 10:39am
Your best bet is to do some Googling. I found this in 5 seconds:
Gary Heath 28-Feb-13 10:45am
But you Googled DataGridView ... the whole point of my question is that I don't know which method to use, that's why I ask on sites like this, so that people who DO know can help me !!! I could Google all day log, but it's going to get me nowhere if I don't know what to Google !!!
BC @ CV 28-Feb-13 11:04am
How about "VB.Net" "Data" "Grid""? If you can't effectively research a topic, particularly one with as much material as data presentation, then you are in the wrong business. A software developer has to know how to research and be resourceful.
Gary Heath 28-Feb-13 11:10am
How about you go and Troll somebody else, I've got some help from another forum, one without smart-arse idiots giving me pointless answers ...

Shame, this place normally has some helpful people on it ...
aspnet_regiis -i 28-Feb-13 11:41am
This thread is funny.. A helpful person trying to help a person who himself does not know what help he wants....

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Hard to judge not having a comprehensive design artifact, but some key ideas…

So many buttons is already a bad idea. And you will have extra trouble working with them, forget the users who might go crazy.

You can do something much better. For example, it can be a selection list + one button. The list could be as simple as list box, and the button click even handler should act according to a selected item. This will be clear for users and convenient.

Avoid clutter. You should clearly show that a button is related to some list box by proper visual design. First of all, it should be shown by closeness of controls if a groups of related controls. You also can use panels or group boxes, but remember: no single line or outlining by color without clear purpose!

Gary Heath 28-Feb-13 12:33pm
Thank you Sergey, but in this case it is not for Users, it's only for me and I want to be able to see the whole layout, because one of the columns is a date and I can see where I stand with each row. It is much like a Menu & it links me to a comprehensive detailed screen for that selection.

It is all colour-coded as well, that is where keeping track of all the TextBox numbers first gave me problems, the main reason I want to avoid it this time around :-) !!!
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 28-Feb-13 12:38pm
Not true at all. Make all list visible at once. Whatever you do, so many buttons is not an option.
You can have items color-coded, but be very careful with color coding. If it's more then 5, forget it.

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