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ParentControlDesigner Class

Extends the design mode behavior of a Control that supports nested controls.

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

public class ParentControlDesigner : ControlDesigner
public class ParentControlDesigner extends ControlDesigner
public class ParentControlDesigner extends ControlDesigner

ParentControlDesigner provides a base class for designers of controls that can contain child controls. In addition to the methods and functionality inherited from the ControlDesigner and ComponentDesigner classes, ParentControlDesigner enables child controls to be added to, removed from, selected within, and arranged within the control whose behavior it extends at design time.

You can associate a designer with a type using a DesignerAttribute. For an overview of customizing design time behavior, see Extending Design-Time Support.

The following example demonstrates how to implement a custom ParentControlDesigner. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the IToolboxUser interface.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.Design;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Design;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.Design;

// This example contains an IRootDesigner that implements the IToolboxUser interface.
// This example demonstrates how to enable the GetToolSupported method of an IToolboxUser
// designer in order to disable specific toolbox items, and how to respond to the 
// invocation of a ToolboxItem in the ToolPicked method of an IToolboxUser implementation.
namespace IToolboxUserExample
{
    // This example component class demonstrates the associated IRootDesigner which 
    // implements the IToolboxUser interface. When designer view is invoked, Visual 
    // Studio .NET attempts to display a design mode view for the class at the top 
    // of a code file. This can sometimes fail when the class is one of multiple types 
    // in a code file, and has a DesignerAttribute associating it with an IRootDesigner. 
    // Placing a derived class at the top of the code file solves this problem. A 
    // derived class is not typically needed for this reason, except that placing the 
    // RootDesignedComponent class in another file is not a simple solution for a code 
    // example that is packaged in one segment of code.
    public class RootViewSampleComponent : RootDesignedComponent
	{
	}

	// The following attribute associates the SampleRootDesigner with this example component.
	[DesignerAttribute(typeof(SampleRootDesigner), typeof(IRootDesigner))]
	public class RootDesignedComponent : System.Windows.Forms.Control
	{
	}

    // This example IRootDesigner implements the IToolboxUser interface and provides a 
    // Windows Forms view technology view for its associated component using an internal 
    // Control type.     
    // The following ToolboxItemFilterAttribute enables the GetToolSupported method of this
    // IToolboxUser designer to be queried to check for whether to enable or disable all 
    // ToolboxItems which create any components whose type name begins with "System.Windows.Forms".
    [ToolboxItemFilterAttribute("System.Windows.Forms", ToolboxItemFilterType.Custom)]
    [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSet(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, Name = "FullTrust")] 
    public class SampleRootDesigner : ParentControlDesigner, IRootDesigner, IToolboxUser
    {
        // This field is a custom Control type named RootDesignerView. This field references
        // a control that is shown in the design mode document window.
        private RootDesignerView view;

        // This string array contains type names of components that should not be added to 
        // the component managed by this designer from the Toolbox.  Any ToolboxItems whose 
        // type name matches a type name in this array will be marked disabled according to  
        // the signal returned by the IToolboxUser.GetToolSupported method of this designer.
        private string[] blockedTypeNames =
        {
            "System.Windows.Forms.ListBox",
            "System.Windows.Forms.GroupBox"
        };

        // IRootDesigner.SupportedTechnologies is a required override for an IRootDesigner.
        // This designer provides a display using the Windows Forms view technology.
        ViewTechnology[] IRootDesigner.SupportedTechnologies 
        {
            get { return new ViewTechnology[] {ViewTechnology.Default}; }
        }

        // This method returns an object that provides the view for this root designer. 
        object IRootDesigner.GetView(ViewTechnology technology) 
        {
            // If the design environment requests a view technology other than Windows 
            // Forms, this method throws an Argument Exception.
            if (technology != ViewTechnology.Default)            
                throw new ArgumentException("An unsupported view technology was requested", 
                "Unsupported view technology.");            
            
            // Creates the view object if it has not yet been initialized.
            if (view == null)                            
                view = new RootDesignerView(this);          
  
            return view;
        }

        // This method can signal whether to enable or disable the specified
        // ToolboxItem when the component associated with this designer is selected.
        bool IToolboxUser.GetToolSupported(ToolboxItem tool)
        {       
            // Search the blocked type names array for the type name of the tool
            // for which support for is being tested. Return false to indicate the
            // tool should be disabled when the associated component is selected.
            for( int i=0; i<blockedTypeNames.Length; i++ )
                if( tool.TypeName == blockedTypeNames[i] )
                    return false;
            
            // Return true to indicate support for the tool, if the type name of the
            // tool is not located in the blockedTypeNames string array.
            return true;
        }
    
        // This method can perform behavior when the specified tool has been invoked.
        // Invocation of a ToolboxItem typically creates a component or components, 
        // and adds any created components to the associated component.
        void IToolboxUser.ToolPicked(ToolboxItem tool)
        {
        }

        // This control provides a Windows Forms view technology view object that 
        // provides a display for the SampleRootDesigner.
        [DesignerAttribute(typeof(ParentControlDesigner), typeof(IDesigner))]
        internal class RootDesignerView : Control
        {
            // This field stores a reference to a designer.
            private IDesigner m_designer;

            public RootDesignerView(IDesigner designer)
            {
                // Perform basic control initialization.
                m_designer = designer;
                BackColor = Color.Blue;
                Font = new Font(Font.FontFamily.Name, 24.0f);                
            }

            // This method is called to draw the view for the SampleRootDesigner.
            protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs pe)
            {
                base.OnPaint(pe);
                // Draw the name of the component in large letters.
                pe.Graphics.DrawString(m_designer.Component.Site.Name, Font, Brushes.Yellow, ClientRectangle);
            }
        }
    }
}

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 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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