Sadegh Sadegh - 5 months ago 107
C# Question

How do I show a "Loading . . . please wait" message in Winforms for a long loading form?

I have a form that is very slow because there are many controls placed on the form.

As a result the form takes a long time to loaded.

How do I load the form first, then display it and while loading delay show another form which that have message like "Loading... please wait.?"

Ash Ash

Using a separate thread to display a simple please wait message is overkill especially if you don't have much experience with threading.

A much simpler approach is to create a "Please wait" form and display it as a mode-less window just before the slow loading form. Once the main form has finished loading, hide the please wait form.

In this way you are using just the one main UI thread to firstly display the please wait form and then load your main form.

The only limitation to this approach is that your please wait form cannot be animated (such as a animated GIF) because the thread is busy loading your main form.

PleaseWaitForm pleaseWait=new PleaseWaitForm ();

// Display form modelessly

//  ALlow main UI thread to properly display please wait form.

// Show or load the main form.