Tutorial :Creating an Inputbox in C# using forms


Hello I'm currently creating an application which has the need to add server IP addresses to it, as there is no InputBox function in C# I'm trying to complete this using forms, but am very new to the language so not 100% as to what I should do.

At the moment I have my main form and a form which will act as my inputbox which wants to hide on load. Then when the user clicks on the add IP Address on the main form I wish to open up the secondary form and return the IP address entered into a text box on the secondary form.

So how would I go about doing this? Or is there any better ways to achieve similar results?


In your main form, add an event handler for the event Click of button Add Ip Address. In the event handler, do something similar as the code below:

private string m_ipAddress;  private void OnAddIPAddressClicked(object sender, EventArgs e)  {      using(SetIPAddressForm form = new SetIPAddressForm())      {          if (form.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)          {              //Create a property in SetIPAddressForm to return the input of user.              m_ipAddress = form.IPAddress;          }      }  }  

Edit: Add another example to fit with manemawanna comment.

private void btnAddServer_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)  {      string ipAdd;      using(Input form = new Input())      {          if (form.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)          {              //Create a property in SetIPAddressForm to return the input of user.              ipAdd = form.IPAddress;          }      }  }  

In your Input form, add a property:

public class Input : Form  {      public string IPAddress      {          get { return txtInput.Text; }      }        private void btnInput_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)      {          //Do some validation for the text in txtInput to be sure the ip is well-formated.            if(ip_well_formated)          {              this.DialogResult = DialogResult.OK;              this.Close();          }      }  }  


I've needed this feature, too. Here's my code; it auto-centers and sizes to fit the prompt. The public method creates a dialog and returns the user's input, or null if they cancel.

using System;  using System.Drawing;  using System.Windows.Forms;    namespace Utilities  {  public class InputBox      {      #region Interface      public static string  ShowDialog(string prompt, string title, string defaultValue = null, int? xPos = null, int? yPos = null)          {          InputBoxDialog  form   = new InputBoxDialog(prompt, title, defaultValue, xPos, yPos);          DialogResult    result = form.ShowDialog();          if (result == DialogResult.Cancel)              return null;          else              return form.Value;          }      

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