How to Add a Timer in Visual Basic

One of the processes you should learn as a beginner in Visual Basic is how to add a timer. A timer can be useful when creating games, quizzes, or to limit the time a certain page is viewed. Here are some simple steps in how to add a timer to your Visual Basic application. Please note, you can change and adapt this process to suit the needs of your Visual Basic application. The numbers and layout i have used is only for example.


Add a label to your form.

This will hold the number that you want to be linked with the timer.

Add a button to your form.

This will initiate the timer to start.

Add a timer to your form.

You can find the timer function in the toolbox -> components -> timer

Change the properties for the Timer1 component.

Under “Behavior” change “Enabled” to “False” and “Interval” to “1000”.

Double-click the Timer1 component and add the correct coding.

Double-Click the button you have used to commence the timer and add the correct coding.

Start debugging.

Test your timer, making sure it works correctly and stops at 0.


  • Don’t be afraid to experiment, just remember to save your application before you try a new function.
  • Always add comments in your code so you don’t forget what a certain function is doing.
  • Try to keep your coding tidy.

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