Windows Forms Visual Inheritance
Occasionally, you may decide that a project calls for a form similar to one that you have created in a previous project. Or, you may want to create a basic form with settings such as a watermark or certain control layout that you will then use again within a project, with each iteration containing modifications to the original form template. Form inheritance enables you to create a base form and then inherit from it and make modifications while preserving whatever original settings you need.
You can create derived-class forms programmatically or by using the Visual Inheritance picker.
In This Section
Gives directions for creating inherited forms in code.
Gives directions for creating inherited forms with the Inheritance Picker.
Gives directions for changing a base form's controls and their properties.
Describes how to create a base Windows Form and compile it into a class library. You will import this class library into another project, and create a new form that inherits from the base form.
Gives directions for using the GenerateMember and Modifiers properties, which are relevant when the Windows Forms Designer generates a member variable for a component.