VB.Net - Label Control


The Label control represents a standard Windows label. It is generally used to display some informative text on the GUI which is not changed during runtime.

Let's create a label by dragging a Label control from the Toolbox and dropping it on the form.

VB.Net Label Control

Properties of the Label Control

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

1AutosizeGets or sets a value specifying if the control should be automatically resized to display all its contents.
2BorderStyleGets or sets the border style for the control.
3FlatStyleGets or sets the flat style appearance of the Label control
4FontGets or sets the font of the text displayed by the control.
5FontHeightGets or sets the height of the font of the control.
6ForeColorGets or sets the foreground color of the control.
7PreferredHeightGets the preferred height of the control.
8PreferredWidthGets the preferred width of the control.
9TabStopGets or sets a value indicating whether the user can tab to the Label. This property is not used by this class.
10TextGets or sets the text associated with this control.
11TextAlignGets or sets the alignment of text in the label.

Methods of the Label Control

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

S.NMethod Name & Description
Retrieves the size of a rectangular area into which a control can be fitted.
Forces the control to invalidate its client area and immediately redraw itself and any child controls.
Activates the control.
Displays the control to the user.
Returns a String that contains the name of the control.

Events of the Label Control

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

1AutoSizeChangedOccurs when the value of the AutoSize property changes.
2ClickOccurs when the control is clicked.
3DoubleClickOccurs when the control is double-clicked.
4GotFocusOccurs when the control receives focus.
5LeaveOccurs when the input focus leaves the control.
6LostFocusOccurs when the control loses focus.
7TabIndexChangedOccurs when the TabIndex property value changes.
8TabStopChangedOccurs when the TabStop property changes.
9TextChangedOccurs when the Text property value changes.

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


Following is an example, which shows how we can create two labels. Let us create the first label from the designer view tab and set its properties from the properties window. We will use the Click and the DoubleClick events of the label to move the first label and change its text and create the second label and add it to the form, respectively.

Take the following steps:

  1. Drag and drop a Label control on the form.

  2. Set the Text property to provide the caption "This is a Label Control".

  3. Set the Font property from the properties window.

  4. Click the label to add the Click event in the code window and add the following codes.

Public Class Form1

   Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) _
            Handles MyBase.Load
      ' Create two buttons to use as the accept and cancel buttons. 
      ' Set window width and height
      Me.Height = 300
      Me.Width = 560

      ' Set the caption bar text of the form.  
      Me.Text = "tutorialspont.com"
      ' Display a help button on the form.
      Me.HelpButton = True
   End Sub

   Private Sub Label1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) _
            Handles Label1.Click
      Label1.Location = New Point(50, 50)
      Label1.Text = "You have just moved the label"
   End Sub
   Private Sub Label1_DoubleClick(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) 
       Handles Label1.DoubleClick
      Dim Label2 As New Label
      Label2.Text = "New Label"
      Label2.Location = New Point(Label1.Left, Label1.Height + _ 
	  Label1.Top + 25)
   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:

Result Form

Clicking and double clicking the label would produce the following effect:

Result Form