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CWaitCursor for WinForms September 1, 2006

Posted by codinglifestyle in C#, Winform.
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There is no doubt, developing Windows applications in .NET is miles easier than in the bad old days of MFC.  However, there are times when MFC got it right and I found one of them this week.  MFC had a handy class called CWaitCursor.  You simply instantiated a local variable which would change the cursor to the wait icon.  When the local variable went out of scope, the cursor changed back.  I couldn’t find this functionality in .NET, but it was simple enough to duplicate:

    internal class CWaitCursor : IDisposable


        private Form m_Form;


        public CWaitCursor(Form form)


            m_Form = form;

            m_Form.Cursor = Cursors.WaitCursor;



        public void Dispose()


            m_Form.Cursor = Cursors.Default;




To use in your form create a local instance and pass the this pointer.  The using can be used to guarantee an immediate call to Dispose() like so:

    using (new CWaitCursor(this))






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