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What's New in Essential Studio for WinForms


What's New in Essential Studio for WinForms

Our WinForms controls still have more to offer in 2020 Volume 1, with new features in the DataGrid control, support to create and edit headers and footers with the PowerPoint Library, and support to unlink or flatten fields with the Word Library.


Calculate summary

This feature allows you to calculate a summary (table, group, and caption) for selected rows.

winforms datagrid shows summary calculation for selected rows

Display GroupCaption text with GroupCaption summary

This feature allows you to show the group caption text with the group caption summary of the columns.

winforms datagrid shows summary with title

Unbound checkbox selector column

This feature allows you to show checkboxes in a column to select or deselect datagrid’s rows. Entire rows can be selected using an intuitive checkbox in the header.

winforms datagrid shows unbound selector column

Gradient background

This feature allows you to set a gradient background to cells.

winforms datagrid shows cells in gradient background

Excel Library

Pivot table enhancements

Format and convert pivot table cells with background color, foreground color, borders, fonts, etc. Also create, edit, and convert the following pivot table layouts.

  • Tabular layout Pivot table - tabular layout.

  • Outline layout Pivot table - outline layout.

Word Library

Word Library now allows replacing a field with its most recent result in the Word document by unlinking the field. When you unlink a field, its current result is converted to text or a graphic and can no longer be updated automatically.

Unlink a field in Word document

Word-to-PDF enhancements

Word Library now provides the following features in Word-to-PDF conversions:

  • Adjust table cell size automatically based on its content during PDF conversion.
  • Keep-with-next functionality for paragraphs inside the content control.
  • Position floating items (images, shapes) with horizontal origins relative to characters.
  • Improvements in converting a Word document into a 508-compliant accessible PDF (tagged PDF) document.

PDF Library

Import and export XFA form data

Import and export PDF XFA form data in XML format.

Find extended features in documents

Find out if an existing PDF document has extended features.

PowerPoint Library

Headers and footers

PowerPoint Library now allows creating and editing headers and footers in PowerPoint slides.

Headers and Footers in PowerPoint Slides


Performance improvements

Now you can load the ribbon control four times faster than before. You can also switch themes, add ribbon items, deserialize the ribbon settings, and open the Customize dialog two times faster than before.

Memory optimization

The Ribbon control now properly releases memory after its instance is closed. It also properly clears memory after you close the Customize dialog and switch themes.

Right-to-left standardization

In right-to-left mode, the Ribbon control now arranges the ribbon items properly when loading and resizing. It also arranges the items properly in the customization dialog, backstage view, and quick access toolbar in right-to-left mode.

WinForms Ribbon rendering properly in right-to-left mode

Smith Chart

Legend customization

This feature allows you to customize the legend border, item spacing, and the visibility of the legend.

Legend customization.

Begin update and end update

This feature allows you to stop and then resume a control’s update by calling the begin update and end update methods.

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