Syncfusion WinForms Visual Studio Item Template Support: An Overview
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Syncfusion WinForms Visual Studio Item Template Support An Overview

Syncfusion WinForms Visual Studio Item Template Support: An Overview

We are excited to share that the Syncfusion WinForms Item Template support for Visual Studio is now available in our Essential Studio 2015 Volume 1 release.

The WinForms Item Templates are designed to simplify the integration of its controls. These templates let developers effortlessly incorporate essential designer files and assemblies for a chosen Syncfusion control directly through the user interface.

In this blog, we’ll guide you through the process of installing the Syncfusion WinForms extensions and incorporating Syncfusion WinForms controls into your app using the newly introduced item template support.

Install the Syncfusion WinForms extensions

To enable the WinForms item templates, we first need to install the Syncfusion WinForms extensions in Visual Studio. This process can be completed either directly within Visual Studio or through the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Install extensions using Visual Studio manage extensions dialog box

Follow these steps for  installation:

  1. First, launch Visual Studio.
  2. Navigate to Extensions -> Manage Extensions.

    Note: For Visual Studio 2017 or older versions, navigate to Tools -> Extensions and Updates.

  3. On the left panel, switch to the online tab and search for Syncfusion WinForms in the search box.
  4. Then, choose WinForms Extensions – Syncfusion from the search results and click Download.
  5. Close all instances of Visual Studio and initiate the installation by clicking Modify in the VSIX installer.

Install extension using Visual Studio Marketplace

  1. Obtain the Syncfusion WinForms Extensions directly from the Visual Studio Marketplace.
  2. If any instances of Visual Studio are running, close them.
  3. Double-click the downloaded extension to open the VSIX Installer window, then click Install.

Utilizing the Syncfusion WinForms Item Template

1. Incorporate item templates

There are two ways to incorporate Syncfusion WinForms item templates into your app.

Option 1

Right-click on your WinForms app in the Solution Explorer window. Choose Add Syncfusion Item from the menu.

Refer to the following image.Right-clicking on WinForms app to add Syncfusion item

Option 2

Navigate to Extensions -> Syncfusion and then select Essential Studio for WinForms -> Add Syncfusion Item.

Adding Syncfusion Item via Extensions menu

Note: In Visual Studio 2017 or earlier versions, you will find the Syncfusion menu directly within the Visual Studio menu.

Now, the Syncfusion WinForms Item Template Gallery window will open.

Refer to the following image.Syncfusion WinForms Item Template Gallery

2. Add Syncfusion WinForms control to your app

Select your desired Syncfusion WinForms control from the Selection Window section to integrate it into your WinForms app.

3. Configure control’s features

Choose the required features of the selected control from the Select Features section. These features will be incorporated as code snippets in the integrating designer files within your WinForms app.

4. Configure assembly references

Select an assembly reference option (GAC location, Essential Studio installed location, or NuGet packages) to specify where the necessary Syncfusion assemblies are added to the project.

Note: If the Syncfusion Essential WinForms build is installed, the installed location and GAC options will be enabled. Without installing the Syncfusion Essential WinForms setup, you can utilize only the NuGet option. The GAC option will not be available in a .NET Core app using Syncfusion WinForms components. The Version dropdown lists the installed WinForms versions.

5. Provide control name

Now, assign a name for the selected control.

6. Finalize control integration

Click the Add button to prompt the opening of the Adding Files and Assemblies window. In it, you can review the details of the assemblies and files being added to your WinForms app.Adding files and assemblies to WinForms app

7. Confirmation

Then, choose OK to complete the process and add the selected Syncfusion WinForms control into your WinForms app, along with the required Syncfusion assemblies.

Refer to the following image.

Created WinForms app with required Syncfusion assemblies

Solution Explorer window showing the created WinForms app

8. Licensing Registration

Following integration, a Syncfusion license registration message box will appear if you installed the trial setup or NuGet packages. Choose the Claim license button in the licensing message box to generate and register the Syncfusion license key to your project.

Register the Syncfusion license

How to run the app with the Syncfusion WinForms control

Follow these steps to run the app:

  1. First, open the Program.cs file in your WinForms app.
  2. Locate the method called Application.Run(new Form());.
  3. Change the control name in the parentheses to the desired Syncfusion WinForms control. For example, if the control name is Charts1, modify the method call to Application.Run(new Charts1()).

    Refer to the following image.Change the control name to the desired Syncfusion WinForms control

  4. Then, save the changes.
  5. Finally, run the app. The added Syncfusion WinForms control will open in your app.


Thanks for reading! In this blog, we explored the Syncfusion WinForms Visual Studio Item Template support and its usage. For a more comprehensive understanding, please refer to our documentation on Adding Syncfusion components to WinForms apps documentation

We encourage you to apply the steps discussed above and share your experiences in the comments section. 

If you’re not yet a Syncfusion customer, consider starting a 30-day free trial to explore our features. We also invite you to test our demos on GitHub.

For any queries or feedback, feel free to reach out to us through our support forumssupport portal, or feedback portal. We’re always ready to assist you!

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