: How would you make a bar like on breakout move back in forth with the arrow keys?
I'm not sure if I understood you well.
If you want to detect key presses and move an object on the form,you should use Key_Down event of your form.But first,set KeyPreview property to True.
Here is a sample code which moves a PictureBox:
Private Sub Form_KeyDown(KeyCode As Integer, Shift As Integer)
Select Case KeyCode
Picture1.Left = Picture1.Left + 50
Picture1.Left = Picture1.Left - 50
Picture1.Top = Picture1.Top - 50
Picture1.Top = Picture1.Top + 50