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How do I restrict my Container Control to parent only certain types of Controls, and vice-versa, during design-time?

Platform: WinForms| Category: Custom Designers

To restrict your Container Control to parent only certain types of controls, override as follows in your designer:


public class MyContainerControlDesigner : ParentControlDesigner
{
	public override /*ParentControlDesigner*/ bool CanParent(Control control)
	{
		// My Children can only be of type TextBox.
		return (control is TextBox);
	}
}

To restrict your Control to get parented to by a certain type, do so in your Control’s designer:


class MyControlDesigner : ControlDesigner
{
	public override /*ControlDesigner*/ bool CanBeParentedTo(IDesigner parentDesigner)
	{
		// MyControl can be parent only by MyParent
		return (parentDesigner is MyParentDesigner);
		// or do this:
		// return (parentDesigner.Component is MyParent);
	}
}

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