VB.Net - CheckBox Control


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The CheckBox control allows the user to set true/false or yes/no type options. The user can select or deselect it. When a check box is selected it has the value True, and when it is cleared, it holds the value False.

Let's create two check boxes by dragging CheckBox controls from the Toolbox and dropping on the form.

VB.Net CheckBox Control

The CheckBox control has three states, checked, unchecked and indeterminate. In the indeterminate state, the check box is grayed out. To enable the indeterminate state, the ThreeState property of the check box is set to be True.

Properties of the CheckBox Control

The following are some of the commonly used properties of the CheckBox control:

S.N Property Description
1 Appearance Gets or sets a value determining the appearance of the check box.
2 AutoCheck Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Checked or CheckedState value and the appearance of the control automatically change when the check box is selected.
3 CheckAlign Gets or sets the horizontal and vertical alignment of the check mark on the check box.
4 Checked Gets or sets a value indicating whether the check box is selected.
5 CheckState Gets or sets the state of a check box.
6 Text Gets or sets the caption of a check box.
7 ThreeState Gets or sets a value indicating whether or not a check box should allow three check states rather than two.

Methods of the CheckBox Control

The following are some of the commonly used methods of the CheckBox control:

S.N Method Name & Description
1

OnCheckedChanged

Raises the CheckedChanged event.

2

OnCheckStateChanged

Raises the CheckStateChanged event.

3

OnClick

Raises the OnClick event.

Events of the CheckBox Control

The following are some of the commonly used events of the CheckBox control:

S.N Event Description
1 AppearanceChanged Occurs when the value of the Appearance property of the check box is changed.
2 CheckedChanged Occurs when the value of the Checked property of the CheckBox control is changed.
3 CheckStateChanged Occurs when the value of the CheckState property of the CheckBox control is changed.

Consult Microsoft documentation for detailed list of properties, methods and events of the CheckBox control.

Example

In this example, let us add four check boxes in a group box. The check boxes will allow the users to choose the source from which they came to know about the organization. If the user chooses the check box with text "others", then the user is asked to specify and a text box is provided to give input. When the user clicks the Submit button, he/she gets an appropriate message.

The form in design view:

Check Box Example

Let's put the following code in the code editor window:

Public Class Form1
   Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) _
       Handles MyBase.Load
      ' Set the caption bar text of the form.  
      Me.Text = "tutorialspoint.com"
      Label1.Visible = False
      TextBox1.Visible = False
      TextBox1.Multiline = True
   End Sub
   Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) _
      Handles Button1.Click
      Dim str As String
      str = " "
      If CheckBox1.Checked = True Then
          str &= CheckBox1.Text
          str &= " "
      End If
      If CheckBox2.Checked = True Then
          str &= CheckBox2.Text
          str &= " "
      End If
      If CheckBox3.Checked = True Then
          str &= CheckBox3.Text
          str &= " "
      End If
      If CheckBox4.Checked = True Then
          str &= TextBox1.Text
          str &= " "
      End If
      If str <> Nothing Then
          MsgBox(str + vbLf + "Thank you")
      End If
   End Sub
   Private Sub CheckBox4_CheckedChanged(sender As Object, _
      e As EventArgs) Handles CheckBox4.CheckedChanged
      Label1.Visible = True
      TextBox1.Visible = True
   End Sub
End Class

When the above code is executed and run using Start button available at the Microsoft Visual Studio tool bar, it will show the following window:

Check Box Example

Checking all the boxes:

Check Box Result Form

Clicking the Submit button:

Check Box Result
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