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Tip of the Month (May 2001)

Adding a Splash Screen to your Visual CE Form

This tip has been updated in the January 2006 tip-of-the-month.

When your Visual CE application first comes up, instead of going directly into the form, you might want to display a "splash screen". The splash screen might have the name of the application, who provided it, where to call for support, etc.

Design your splash screen in the upper left region of the form. You can use Label Controls to display the text. If you want to display a bitmap, use a read-only Scribble Control and set the bitmap as the background image. Build your form in another region and put a "Move to when pressed" Command Button in your splash screen to allow your user to get to the main form.