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How to implement a Microsoft Visual Studio.NET toolbox type UI using the GroupBar and GroupView controls

 

To clone the Microsoft VS.NET toolbox window, the GroupBar and GroupView controls need to be used together in a container(GroupBar) - client(GroupView) relation such that the resulting composite control provides the required UI. The following sequence illustrates the steps involved,

1. Using the steps outlined in Knowledge Base articles, How do I create and initialize a GroupBar control? and How do I create and initialize a GroupView control?, create the GroupBar and GroupView controls.

2. Select the GroupBar control and using the property browser set the following non-default property values:

C#

this.groupBar1.TextAlign = TextAlignment.Left;

this.groupBar1.BarHighlight = false;

this.groupBar1.GroupBarItemHeight = 18;

this.groupBar1.IntegratedScrolling = true;

VB

Me.groupBar1.TextAlign = TextAlignment.Left

Me.groupBar1.BarHighlight = False

Me.groupBar1.GroupBarItemHeight = 18

Me.groupBar1.IntegratedScrolling = True

3. Select each GroupView control in turn and using the property browser set the following property values:

C#

this.groupView1.SmallImageView = true;

this.groupView1.ButtonView = true;

this.groupView1.BackColor = SystemColors.Control;

this.groupView1.ForeColor = SystemColors.ControlText;

this.groupView1.SelectingItemColor = ControlPaint.Light(SystemColors.ControlLight);

this.groupView1.SelectedItemColor = ControlPaint.Light(SystemColors.ControlLight);

this.groupView1.HighlightImage = true;

this.groupView1.HighlightText = true;

GroupView1.TextWrap = false;

// For List type view

this.groupView1.FlowView = false;

this.groupView1.ImageSpacing = 2;

this.groupView1.ItemXSpacing = 8;

this.roupView1.ItemYSpacing = 1;

// For Flow type view

this.groupView1.FlowView = true;

this.groupView1.ImageSpacing = 5;

this.groupView1.ItemXSpacing = 0;

this.groupView1.ItemYSpacing = 0;

VB

Me.groupView1.SmallImageView = True;

Me.groupView1.ButtonView = True;

Me.groupView1.BackColor = SystemColors.Control;

Me.groupView1.ForeColor = SystemColors.ControlText;

Me.groupView1.SelectingItemColor = ControlPaint.Light(SystemColors.ControlLight);

Me.groupView1.SelectedItemColor = ControlPaint.Light(SystemColors.ControlLight);

Me.groupView1.HighlightImage = True;

Me.groupView1.HighlightText = True;

GroupView1.TextWrap = False;

' For List type view

Me.groupView1.FlowView = False;

Me.groupView1.ImageSpacing = 2;

Me.groupView1.ItemXSpacing = 8;

Me.roupView1.ItemYSpacing = 1;

' For Flow type view

Me.groupView1.FlowView = True;

Me.groupView1.ImageSpacing = 5;

Me.groupView1.ItemXSpacing = 0;

Me.groupView1.ItemYSpacing = 0;

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
1055 04/30/2011 07/10/2014 Windows Forms GroupBar
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