How to: Read Application Settings in Visual Basic

You can read a user setting by accessing the setting's property on the My.Settings object.

The My.Settings object exposes each setting as a property. The property name is the same as the setting name, and the property type is the same as the setting type. The setting's Scope indicates if the property is read-only; the property for an Application scope setting is read-only, while the property for a User scope setting is read-write. For more information, see My.Settings Object.


This example displays the value of the Nickname setting.

Sub ShowNickname()
    MsgBox("Nickname is " & My.Settings.Nickname)
End Sub

For this example to work, your application must have a Nickname setting, of type String. For more information, see Managing Application Settings (.NET).

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