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Tip 5.21: You can use Show All to find your hiding Toolbox controls

August 26, 2013

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

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Sara Aside

This tip comes directly from the developer who works on the Toolbox. He told her her sees a lot of questions where people are trying to figure out why a particular control isn’t there, especially when they’ve just recently added controls.

What happens is that all the controls in the Toolbox are managed by the active designer. A designer is like an editor because it takes up the same region of space in the IDE, but it allows you to design UI rather than write code. You can recognize a designer by the [Design] in the file tab. So, if the currently active designer doesn’t support a particular control, you won’t see it when you add it to the Toolbox.


By choosing Show All, you can at least verify that your control was added. Now, how to get it active depends on the control and which designer is needed.

In the next screen shot, notice the scroll bar position on the right, showing just how many controls are now visible.


Happy Programming! =)

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