• From the ‘File’ menu select ‘New Project’ (Figure 4).
• In the ‘New Project’ form, highlight Windows
Application and change the name to Simple Terminal
and click the ‘OK’ button (Figure 5).
• The IDE should look like Figure 6.
• Take note of the various panels. We will call the central
panel the ‘Editor Window,’ the left panel the ‘Toolbox;’
the upper right panel the ‘Solutions Explorer;’ and the
lower right panel the ‘Properties Window.’ In the
Properties Window, change the size from 300,300 to
600,380 (Figure 7).
• In the Toolbox, click and hold the MenuStrip, then drag
and drop it on Form1 (Figure 8).
• Note that the specific instance of menuStrip1 of the
class MenuStrip appears below Form1 in the Edit
Window (Figure 9).
• In the Toolbox, click and hold the Rich TextBox. Then
drag and drop it on Form1 (Figure 10).
• In the Properties Window, change the rich TextBox size
from 100,96 to 590,136.
• In the Properties Window, change the rich TextBox
location to 0, 44. (You may be wondering where I’m
getting these funky dimensions. Well, I just used the
cursor to size the items until they looked right — which
you can also do — but if you want to get your Simple
Terminal to look exactly like mine, you’ll need to hand-input the dimensions.)
• Add another rich TextBox (same size) — rich TextBox2 —
below the first. Change the location to 0,209.
• From the ToolBox, select ‘Label,’ and drag and drop it
between the MenuStrip and rich TextBox1.
• In the Properties Window, change ‘Text’ from label1 to
• Select a second label and drop it between rich TextBox1
and rich TextBox2. Change the Text from label2 to
• The color scheme is boring! Plain old gray just won’t cut
it. Let’s tart this up a bit (Figure 11).
• Select Form1 and in the Properties Window, select
■ FIGURE 13. Font.
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■ FIGURE 10. Add Rich TextBox.
■ FIGURE 12.
■ FIGURE 11. Rich TextBoxes.
BackColor and click the down arrow to show the color
menu. Select Bisque.
• In the Edit Window, select the menuStrip1 and in the
Properties Window, select ‘BackColor.’ Choose
Navaho White (Figure 12).
• Select label1 and in the Properties Window, choose
Font. Change the Font Style to Bold and the Size to 12
• In the Properties Window for label1, select ForeColor
and change to DarkGoldenrod.
• Select Form1 and in the Properties Window, change text
to ‘Smiley Micros – Simple Terminal’ or some other less
commercial name if you prefer.
• While still in the Form1 Properties Window, select Icon
and then select ‘Smiley.ico’ (located in the
• You’ve got to admit, a little makeup helps (Figure 14).
■ FIGURE 14. GUI with makeup.
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