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How to add a timer in visual basic

In visual basic, the Timer component is useful to raise an event repeatedly in our application based on the specified interval of time.

The timer component is available with System.Timers namespace. So, to work with the timer component in our application to raise an event after a set of interval we need to import the System.Timers namespace.

Following is the example of defining the timer object that raises an elapsed event after a set of interval in visual basic.

Dim timer As Timer = New Timer ()

AddHandler timer.Elapsed, AddressOf TimerEvent

If you observe the above code, we created a timer object by using the Timer class. Here, the Interval property is used to specify the time interval to raise an Elapsed event (TimerEvent) and the Enabled property is used to specify whether the timer object should raise an Elapsed event or not.

The AutoReset property is used to configure the timer object to raise an elapsed event repeatedly at the specified interval of time defined by the Interval property.

In case, if we want to raise the Elapsed event only once after the specified interval has elapsed, then we need to set the AutoReset property to false .

Visual Basic Timer Properties

The following table lists some of the most commonly used properties of Timer class in visual basic.

Property Description
AutoReset It is useful to get or set whether the Timer should raise the Elapsed event only once (false) or repeatedly (true).
CanRaiseEvents It will return a value that indicates whether the component can raise an event or not.
DesignMode It will return a value that indicates whether the component is in design mode or not.
Enabled It is useful to get or set a value to indicate whether the Timer should raise the Elapsed event or not.
Interval It is useful to get or set the interval in milliseconds at which to raise the Elapsed event.

Visual Basic Timer Methods

The following table lists some of the most commonly used methods of Timer class in visual basic.

Method Description
Start() It is useful to start raise the Elapsed event by setting Enabled to true.
Stop() It will stop raising the Elapsed event by setting Enabled to false.
Close() It is useful to release the resources that are used by the Timer.
Dispose() It is useful to release all the resources used by the Component.
MemberwiseClone() It is useful to create a shallow copy of the current object.
GetType() It is useful to get the type of current instance.

Visual Basic Timer Example

Following is the example of using Timer class in visual basic to execute the Elapsed events repeatedly at a specified interval of time.

Sub Main( ByVal args As String ())

Console .WriteLine( “Present Enter Key to Exit the Application” )

Dim timer As Timer = New Timer ()

AddHandler timer.Elapsed, AddressOf TimerEvent

Private Sub TimerEvent( ByVal source As Object , ByVal e As ElapsedEventArgs )

Console .WriteLine( “Event Raised at <0:HH:mm:ss.fff>” , e.SignalTime)

If you observe the above example, we imported System.Timers namespace to create a timer object by using Timer class. Here, we used Interval property to specify the time interval to raise an Elapsed event (TimerEvent) and the Enabled property to specify whether the timer object should raise an Elapsed event or not.

When we execute the above visual basic program, we will get the result as shown below.

Present Enter Key to Exit the Application

Event Raised at 07:48:49.274

Event Raised at 07:48:51.275

Event Raised at 07:48:53.275

Event Raised at 07:48:55.275

If you observe the result, for every 2 seconds the Elapsed event (TimerEvent) is raising and executing the elapsed event code.

This is how we can use the timer object to raise an event repeatedly at the specified interval of time based on our requirements.

The timer control is a looping control used to repeat any task in a given time interval. It is an important control used in Client-side and Server-side programming, also in Windows Services. Furthermore, if we want to execute an application after a specific amount of time, we can use the Timer Control.

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Basically I have a progress bar in this form which I want to update under a Timer control. I can access this progress bar using sForm.Controls but unable to get a handle on this timer component.

Hi vinay,

dim withevents mytimer as windows.forms.timer
mytimer.enabled = true
////

I hope this helps,

I must be missing some obvious point, but can someone let me know how do I add a windows.forms.timer control to a form at run time.
Private TM as new windows.forms.timer
Dim sForm as form

sForm.controls.add(TM)
=> throwing an error – Value of type ‘System.Windows.Forms.Timer’ cannot be converted to ‘System.Windows.Forms.Control’.
Basically I have a progress bar in this form which I want to update under a Timer control. I can access this progress bar using sForm.Controls but
unable to get a handle on this timer component.
Regards

To add to what Cor has already posted.

You can’t add a timer into a form because it isn’t a control, as the error
stated..
however there’s no need to add it to the form to use it..

Just declare it as in Cor’s earlier reply.

You will also need to Add a Handler for the Tick event
and Start the Timer

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recently I made a web browser and added a timer, changed the enabled to true, interval to 10000. [ is it in milliseconds?] if so then it is 10 seconds.

so I put it like that :

Meaning, when I debug it, every 10 seconds it would automatically refresh to www.yahoo.com

but when I debugged, and waited for 20 seconds, the page stayed in google and did not refresh at all! please help me guys 🙁

here is the whole code [ tabbed browser and LOL , im addict to MouseHunt so I put shortcut] :

Answers

Hello people,

recently I made a web browser and added a timer, changed the enabled to true, interval to 10000. [ is it in milliseconds?] if so then it is 10 seconds.

so I put it like that :

Somehow you have removed the handles clause which you see in the other (eventhandling) methods,

  • Proposed as answer by John Anthony Oliver Wednesday, June 2, 2010 9:58 AM
  • Marked as answer by Liliane Teng Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:51 AM

There are two problems there:

1. The Timer_Tick event code doesn’t have a Handles clause. If you are using AddHandler etc. somewhere to hookup the event then it’s fine otherwise you would need to put back the Handles part.

2. The argument you are passing to the WebBrowser.Refresh method is wrong. It should be of WebBrowserRefreshOption Enum type.

WebBrowserRefreshOption.Completely
WebBrowserRefreshOption.Continue
WebBrowserRefreshOption.IfExpired
WebBrowserRefreshOption.Normal

There is also an overload available to omit the argument. So you should pass an WebBrowserRefreshOption Enum member or don’t pass anything at all.

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How Do I Reset the Timer in Visual Basic?

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Private Sub cmdDisplay_Click()
Dim intZone1 As Integer
Dim intZone2 As Integer
Dim intZone3 As Integer
Dim intZone4 As Integer

intZone1 = 1
intZone2 = 2
intZone3 = 3
intZone4 = 4

If (txtID.Text = 1) Then
txtFinalZone.Text = intZone1
End If

If (txtID.Text = 2) Then
txtFinalZone.Text = intZone2
End If

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txtFinalZone.Text = intZone3
End If

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txtFinalZone.Text = intZone4
End If

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Call Timer1_Timer
Else
If (txtID.Text = 1) Then
Reset Timer "I WANT TO RESET THE TIMER IN THIS LINE"
"HOW CAN I DO THAT?"
End If
End If

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()

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If Timer is a system function you may not be able to reset it to 0. The usual way of using it in other languages is just to store the value of timer at the point at which you wanted to zero it, say call it timer0 and then use timer()-timer0 from then on.

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How To set timer in VB6

I want to use the timer function to get latest information from database
if it’s more than 1 minute then the function will get the latest data and update the text box.
Pls guide me how to do this.

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Best to use a ONE SECOND (or so) timer, and count the CLICKS
It counts UP for a minute.

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I would disagree, True it will fire every minute but it is also firing 59 times in between and doing some processing each time. This is not a big deal but getting in a habit of writing such code will result in programs running slower than they should.

If you need it to fire every 5 to 10 minutes I would set the interval to 1 minute and use a counter to see how many minutes have elapsed using a static var with a counter as is the case in the example above with X though X is not used in the code just as a wasted process.

Creating a stopwatch is interesting. In Visual Basic, Timer Control helps you to create a stopwatch.
Mainly there are two methods to create a stopwatch. First method is simple method which uses a number and increments each timer ticks. Second method catches elapsed time of timer and declares as a time span.
Here we use first simple method to create our stopwatch.

First of all add three labels and give name as ‘00’ for each. And add a ‘:’ label between them.
Here first, second and third labels named with ‘hourtxt’, ‘minutetxt’ and ‘secondtxt’ respectively.

Now add three buttons to the form and give name as Start/Resume, pause and reset as shown in figure.
Now add a timer to the form. Just drag down from Toolbox (Under components section)

Now go to the properties of the Timer1. (Right click on timer1 and take Properties). Then set Interval into 1000.

Now we are going to the write VB codes. First of all open code section and at starting section declare three common variables to keep the values of second, minute and hour.

Dim second As Integer = 0

Dim minute As Integer = 0

Dim Hour As Integer = 0

Timer is a tool which runs always. We already set an interval for the timer1. 1000 milliseconds mean 1 second.
Just double click on the timer1 icon; here you have to write our major codes for the stopwatch.
You will get an event of timer1_tick like this

Returns a Variant (Date) containing a date to which a specified time interval has been added.

Syntax

DateAdd(interval, number, date)

The DateAdd function syntax has these named arguments:

Part Description
interval Required. String expression that is the interval of time you want to add.
number Required. Numeric expression that is the number of intervals you want to add. It can be positive (to get dates in the future) or negative (to get dates in the past).
date Required. Variant (Date) or literal representing the date to which the interval is added.

Settings

The interval argument has these settings:

Setting Description
yyyy Year
q Quarter
m Month
y Day of year
d Day
w Weekday
ww Week
h Hour
n Minute
s Second

Remarks

You can use the DateAdd function to add or subtract a specified time interval from a date. For example, you can use DateAdd to calculate a date 30 days from today or a time 45 minutes from now.

To add days to date, you can use Day of Year ("y"), Day ("d"), or Weekday ("w").

When you use the "w" interval (which includes all the days of the week, Sunday through Saturday) to add days to a date, the DateAdd function adds the total number of days that you specified to the date, instead of adding just the number of workdays (Monday through Friday) to the date, as you might expect.

The DateAdd function won’t return an invalid date. The following example adds one month to January 31:

In this case, DateAdd returns 28-Feb-95, not 31-Feb-95. If date is 31-Jan-96, it returns 29-Feb-96 because 1996 is a leap year.

If the calculated date would precede the year 100 (that is, you subtract more years than are in date), an error occurs.

If number isn’t a Long value, it is rounded to the nearest whole number before being evaluated.

The format of the return value for DateAdd is determined by Control Panel settings, not by the format that is passed in the date argument.

For date, if the Calendar property setting is Gregorian, the supplied date must be Gregorian. If the calendar is Hijri, the supplied date must be Hijri. If month values are names, the name must be consistent with the current Calendar property setting. To minimize the possibility of month names conflicting with the current Calendar property setting, enter numeric month values (Short Date format).

Example

This example takes a date and, using the DateAdd function, displays a corresponding date a specified number of months in the future.

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Timer Control plays an important role in the Client side programming and Server side programming, also used in Windows Services. By using this Timer Control, windows allow you to control when actions take place without the interaction of another thread.

Use of Timer Control

We can use Timer Control in many situations in our development environment. If you want to run some code after a certain interval of time continuously, you can use the Timer control. As well as to start a process at a fixed time schedule, to increase or decrease the speed in an animation graphics with time schedule etc. you can use the Timer Control. The Visual Studio toolbox has a Timer Control that allowing you to drag and drop the timer controls directly onto a Windows Forms designer. At runtime it does not have a visual representation and works as a component in the background.

How to Timer Control ?

With the Timer Control, we can control programs in millisecond, seconds, minutes and even in hours. The Timer Control allows us to set Interval property in milliseconds (1 second is equal to 1000 milliseconds). For example, if we want to set an interval of two minute we set the value at Interval property as 120000, means 120×1000 .

The Timer Control starts its functioning only after its Enabled property is set to True, by default Enabled property is False.

How to add a timer in visual basic

Timer example

The following program shows a Timer example that display current system time in a Label control. For doing this, we need one Label control and a Timer Control. Here in this program, we can see the Label Control is updated each seconds because we set Timer Interval as 1 second, that is 1000 milliseconds. After drag and drop the Timer Control in the designer form , double click the Timer control and set the DateTime.Now.ToString to Label control text property.

Start and Stop Timer Control

We can control the Timer Control Object that when it start its function as well as when it stop its function. The Timer Control has a start and stop methods to perform these actions.

Here is an example for start and stop methods of the Timer Control. In this example we run this program only 10 seconds. So we start the Timer in the Form_Load event and stop the Timer after 10 seconds. We set timer Interval property as 1000 milliseconds ( 1 second) and in run time the Timer will execute 10 times its Tick event .