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Creating VB Templates
Making New Project Templates:

Selecting the New Project command from Visual Basic's File menu, offers you a choice of project icons: Standard EXE, ActiveX EXE, ActiveX DLL etc. You can add additional project icons to these easily, to gain quick access to your customised projects. First, start a new project. Get it loaded the way you want. Add controls to the toolbox, give it multiple forms and modules, add controls to the forms, place code in the forms and modules, etc. in fact do whatever you like that you can do in a normal project. Next, save it all in your the Projects directory. The 'Projects' path can vary depending your OS platform and version of VB, but with VB6 and Win95/98/NT, the default is: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\Vb98\Template\Projects. Otherwise search for the template directory and then look inside for the Project directory. Save your project in there. Give the files meaningful names. Now when you select New Project from the File menu, the name of your project should appear in the list

Making New Form Templates:

Another useful template feature is the option to a form template from an existing form so you can use it to design future forms. Once you've created the 'perfect' form, place it in the \Template\Forms\ subdirectory, in the directory structure described above. Then, the next time you wish to add a new form to your project, you'll see your cusomised forms in the list of available form templates. This feature also applies to modules, classes, etc.


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