ProgressBar. This indicates the progress of an operation. ProgressBar is best used on a long-running computation or task. And BackgroundWorker is often used to perform that task—it does not block the interface.
Example. Please add a ProgressBar control to your Windows Forms program by double-clicking on the ProgressBar entry in the Toolbox. For this example, we also need a BackgroundWorker—add one and then create the event handlers required.
Note We need the Load event handler, the DoWork event handler, and the ProgressChanged event handler.
RunWorkerAsync In Form1_Load, please add a method call to the RunWorkerAsync method on the BackgroundWorker instance. DoWork will begin.
DoWork Here we loop over the numbers 1 through 100. We call the ReportProgress method on the BackgroundWorker instance.
Finally In ProgressChanged, we set the value of the ProgressBar to the ProgressPercentage property of the ProgressChangedEventArgs argument.
Example that uses ProgressBar and BackgroundWorker: C#
public partial class Form1 : Form
private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
// Start the BackgroundWorker.
private void backgroundWorker1_DoWork(object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)
for (int i = 1; i <= 100; i++)
// Wait 100 milliseconds.
// Report progress.
private void backgroundWorker1_ProgressChanged(object sender,
// Change the value of the ProgressBar to the BackgroundWorker progress.
progressBar1.Value = e.ProgressPercentage;
// Set the text.
this.Text = e.ProgressPercentage.ToString();
Color. One of the useful properties on the ProgressBar is the ForeColor property. This can be set to a Color value to change the color of the bar itself that is drawn on the screen. It is often better to use the default color.
Summary. The ProgressBar control is often used in conjunction with a threading mechanism such as BackgroundWorker. With its many options, the ProgressBar makes a suitable widget for letting your users know the application is still active.