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Tip 5.16: How to stop the Toolbox from autopopulating with items found in the solution

November 26, 2009
Sara Aside

The idea for this tip came from a blog reader. Sara will admit that she didn’t know how to keep the Toolbox from autopopulating. Fortunately, she can ask the developer on the feature directly and share the answer with everyone.


If you have a solution with lots of projects in it, and you notice the Toolbox is taking a long time scanning the solution for all possible Toolbox items, you can go to Tools–Options–Windows Forms Designer–General and set AutoToolboxPopulate to False.

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio”, courtesy of “Sara Ford”

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