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PropertyTabAttribute Class

Identifies the property tab or tabs to display for the specified class or classes.

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

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.All)] 
public class PropertyTabAttribute : Attribute
/** @attribute AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.All) */ 
public class PropertyTabAttribute extends Attribute
AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.All) 
public class PropertyTabAttribute extends Attribute
Not applicable.

The PropertyTabAttribute lets you add a new property page to a PropertyGrid control. The PropertyTabAttribute can add additional property tabs to expose property information other than a component's default set of properties.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the PropertyTabAttribute to specify a property tab. The code example defines a component that exposes the properties of another selected component by type.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.Design;
using System.Drawing;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.Design;

namespace TypeCategoryTabExample
{	
    // This component adds a TypeCategoryTab to the propery browser 
    // that is available for any components in the current design mode document.
    [PropertyTabAttribute(typeof(TypeCategoryTab), PropertyTabScope.Document)]
    public class TypeCategoryTabComponent : System.ComponentModel.Component
    {           
        public TypeCategoryTabComponent()
        {
        }
    }

    // A TypeCategoryTab property tab lists properties by the 
    // category of the type of each property.
    [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSet(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, Name = "FullTrust")] 
    public class TypeCategoryTab : PropertyTab
    {
        [BrowsableAttribute(true)]
        // This string contains a Base-64 encoded and serialized example property tab image.
        private string img = "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";

        public TypeCategoryTab()
        {            
        }

        // Returns the properties of the specified component extended with 
        // a CategoryAttribute reflecting the name of the type of the property.
        public override System.ComponentModel.PropertyDescriptorCollection GetProperties(object component, System.Attribute[] attributes)
        {
            PropertyDescriptorCollection props;
            if( attributes == null )
                props = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(component);    
            else
                props = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(component, attributes);    
            
            PropertyDescriptor[] propArray = new PropertyDescriptor[props.Count];            
            for(int i=0; i<props.Count; i++)           
            {                
                // Create a new PropertyDescriptor from the old one, with 
                // a CategoryAttribute matching the name of the type.
                propArray[i] = TypeDescriptor.CreateProperty(props[i].ComponentType, props[i], new CategoryAttribute(props[i].PropertyType.Name));
            }
            return new PropertyDescriptorCollection( propArray );
        }

        public override System.ComponentModel.PropertyDescriptorCollection GetProperties(object component)
        {                     
            return this.GetProperties(component, null);
        }

        // Provides the name for the property tab.
        public override string TabName
        {
            get
            {
                return "Properties by Type";
            }
        }

        // Provides an image for the property tab.
        public override System.Drawing.Bitmap Bitmap
        {
            get
            {
                Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap(DeserializeFromBase64Text(img));
                return bmp;
            }
        }

        // This method can be used to retrieve an Image from a block of Base64-encoded text.
        private Image DeserializeFromBase64Text(string text)
        {
            Image img = null;
            byte[] memBytes = Convert.FromBase64String(text);
            IFormatter formatter = new BinaryFormatter();
            MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(memBytes);
            img = (Image)formatter.Deserialize(stream);
            stream.Close();
            return img;
        }
    }
}

System.Object
   System.Attribute
    System.ComponentModel.PropertyTabAttribute

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, 1.1, 1.0

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