VB6 Stop Label Flicker, Stop Label Update Flicker: Easy Solution

When a labels caption gets updated on a regular/frequent basis (a timer updates a labels caption, for example) the label has a visually unappealing effect of a strong flicker or blinking every time the labels caption is updated/changed.

The solution to the label flicker issue in VB6 is as simple as:

  1. Substitute a textbox for a label control. The textbox.text property does not flicker at all when updated, even if updated frequently and quickly.
  2. Set the textbox.locked property to true. This will prevent the user from entering or changing text.
  3. Make any other visual changes you wish (remove border, change backcolor, alignment – 2 center, etc.) so that the textbox looks and acts like a label control, but without the flicker.