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DesignerActionItem Class

Provides the base class for types that represent a panel item on a smart tag panel.

Namespace: System.ComponentModel.Design
Assembly: System.Design (in system.design.dll)

public abstract class DesignerActionItem
public abstract class DesignerActionItem
public abstract class DesignerActionItem
Not applicable.

The DesignerActionItem class serves as an abstract base for classes that represent individual panel items in a smart tag panel, which represents a menu-like user interface (UI) for smart tags. The .NET Framework supplies derived classes that represent the different common entries in a smart tag panel, including plain text, header text, properties and methods of the associated DesignerActionList class, and designer verbs.

Typically, your DesignerAction feature is defined in a programmer-supplied class derived from DesignerActionList, which contains a GetSortedActionItems method that groups individual panel items together to form the smart tag panel. The DesignerActionPropertyItem and DesignerActionMethodItem types are associated with members of the class derived from DesignerActionList, and DesignerActionMethodItem objects are activated when their associated panel entry is selected by the user.

NoteNote:

Forms and dialog boxes can be displayed by members of the class derived from DesignerActionList. By default, the parent of these windows will be the container window for the smart tag panel. Explicitly parenting these child windows to another service or window may cause items to display improperly.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a collection of DesignerActionItem objects.

For a full example of implementing smart tags, see How to: Attach Smart Tags to a Windows Forms Component.

public override DesignerActionItemCollection GetSortedActionItems()
{
    DesignerActionItemCollection items = new DesignerActionItemCollection();

    //Define static section header entries.
    items.Add(new DesignerActionHeaderItem("Appearance"));
    items.Add(new DesignerActionHeaderItem("Information"));

    //Boolean property for locking color selections.
    items.Add(new DesignerActionPropertyItem("LockColors",
                     "Lock Colors", "Appearance",
                     "Locks the color properties."));
    if (!LockColors)
    {
        items.Add(new DesignerActionPropertyItem("BackColor",
                         "Back Color", "Appearance",
                         "Selects the background color."));
        items.Add(new DesignerActionPropertyItem("ForeColor",
                         "Fore Color", "Appearance",
                         "Selects the foreground color."));

        //This next method item is also added to the context menu 
        // (as a designer verb).
        items.Add(new DesignerActionMethodItem(this,
                         "InvertColors", "Invert Colors",
                         "Appearance",
                         "Inverts the fore and background colors.",
                          true));
    }
    items.Add(new DesignerActionPropertyItem("Text",
                     "Text String", "Appearance",
                     "Sets the display text."));

    //Create entries for static Information section.
    StringBuilder location = new StringBuilder("Location: ");
    location.Append(colLabel.Location);
    StringBuilder size = new StringBuilder("Size: ");
    size.Append(colLabel.Size);
    items.Add(new DesignerActionTextItem(location.ToString(),
                     "Information"));
    items.Add(new DesignerActionTextItem(size.ToString(),
                     "Information"));

    return items;
}

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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