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How To: Modify ArcView start-up banner

Summary

The ArcView start-up banner is displayed as a modeless dialog window by the request MsgBox.Banner. Since this request does not return a Window object, the requests Move and Resize can not be used on the banner. Because MsgBox.Banner displays an image, you can give the banner a different look. You can use a graphics program to modify the default bitmap image or to create a different one. If you choose to modify the default image, you should make a copy of it first. This document shows you how to use a different image.

Procedure

  1. Start a text editor, such as Notepad or WordPad, and open the Startup file found in the ..esri\av_gis30\arcview\etc directory.

  2. Search for the line containing the text string MsgBox.Banner:

    Code:
    MsgBox.Banner("$AVHOME/etc/banner".AsFileName, 1, "")

  3. Comment this line and insert a new line pointing to the new bitmap instead of $AVHOME/ETC/BANNER. For example:

    Code:
    MsgBox.Banner("c:\home\gis_proj\mynewbanner.bmp".asfileName, 1, "")


    Note:
    To make the banner display longer, increase the numerical parameter.

  4. Save changes and exit the text editor. When you start ArcView, you will see the modified banner.

    Note:
    If the image fails to display, you may need to decrease its dimensions.


    Warning:
    The image file must be a bitmap (.bmp), otherwise you will get a segmentation violation.