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Toolbox

The Toolbox displays icons for controls and other items that you can add to Visual Studio projects. To open the Toolbox, click Toolbox on the View menu. You can dock the Toolbox, and you can pin it open or set it to Auto Hide.

Every Toolbox icon can be dragged to a design view or pasted in a code editor in the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). Either action adds the fundamental code to create an instance of the Toolbox item in the active project file.

The Toolbox only displays items appropriate to the type of file you are working in. The collection of available controls also depends on the .NET Framework version your project targets. By default, Visual Studio 2010 projects target the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile. This reduces the size of deployment packages by not requiring the entire .NET Framework for installation. If your project requires a control that is not supported by the Client Profile, you can set your project to target .NET Framework 4 by editing the project properties.

NoteNote

Your computer might show different names or locations for some of the Visual Studio user interface elements in the following instructions. The Visual Studio edition that you have and the settings that you use determine these elements. For more information, see Working with Settings.

The following documents provide more information about specific Toolbox tabs.

TopicLocation
Data Tab, ToolboxVisual Studio - Toolbox Controls and Components
Components Tab, ToolboxVisual Studio - Toolbox Controls and Components
General Tab, ToolboxVisual Studio - Toolbox Controls and Components
HTML Tab, ToolboxVisual Studio - Toolbox Controls and Components
Windows Forms Tab, ToolboxWindows Forms Programming
Standard Tab, ToolboxVisual Web Developer
DataSet Tab, ToolboxData Access in Visual Studio
Dialog Editor Tab, ToolboxVisual Studio Resource Editors
Windows Forms Tab, Toolbox
Standard Tab, Toolbox
Dialog Editor Tab, Toolbox
Dialog Editor Tab, Toolbox
Standard Tab, Toolbox

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