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PropertyTab Class

Provides a base class for property tabs.

For a list of all members of this type, see PropertyTab Members.

System.Object
   System.Windows.Forms.Design.PropertyTab
      System.Windows.Forms.Design.EventsTab

[Visual Basic]
MustInherit Public Class PropertyTab
   Implements IExtenderProvider
[C#]
public abstract class PropertyTab : IExtenderProvider
[C++]
public __gc __abstract class PropertyTab : public IExtenderProvider
[JScript]
public abstract class PropertyTab implements IExtenderProvider

Thread Safety

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

Remarks

PropertyTab provides the base class behavior for a property tab. Property tabs are displayed on the toolbar of the PropertyGrid control of the Properties Window, and allow a component to display different views of its properties or other data.

User code will usually not create an instance of a PropertyTab directly. Instead, a PropertyTabAttribute that indicates the type of the property tab or property tabs to display for a component can be associated with the properties or types that the PropertyTab should be displayed for.

The PropertyGrid will instantiate a PropertyTab of the type specified by a PropertyTabAttribute associated with the type or property field of the component that is being browsed.

Example

[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following code example provides an example PropertyTab that lists any properties on a component, arranged by type name.

[Visual Basic] 
Imports System
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.ComponentModel.Design
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Runtime.Serialization
Imports System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary
Imports System.Windows.Forms
Imports System.Windows.Forms.Design

' This component adds a TypeCategoryTab to the property browser
' that is available for any components in the current design mode document.
<PropertyTabAttribute(GetType(TypeCategoryTab), PropertyTabScope.Document)>  _
Public Class TypeCategoryTabComponent
   Inherits System.ComponentModel.Component
   
   Public Sub New()
    End Sub
End Class

' A TypeCategoryTab property tab lists properties by the 
' category of the type of each property.
Public Class TypeCategoryTab
    Inherits PropertyTab

    ' This string contains a Base-64 encoded and serialized example property tab image.
    <BrowsableAttribute(True)> _
    Private img As String = "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"

    Public Sub New()
    End Sub

    ' Returns the properties of the specified component extended with 
    ' a CategoryAttribute reflecting the name of the type of the property.
    Public Overloads Overrides Function GetProperties(ByVal component As Object, ByVal attributes() As System.Attribute) As System.ComponentModel.PropertyDescriptorCollection
        Dim props As PropertyDescriptorCollection
        If attributes Is Nothing Then
            props = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(component)
        Else
            props = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(component, attributes)
        End If
        Dim propArray(props.Count - 1) As PropertyDescriptor
        Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To props.Count - 1
            ' 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))
        Next i
        Return New PropertyDescriptorCollection(propArray)
    End Function

    Public Overloads Overrides Function GetProperties(ByVal component As Object) As System.ComponentModel.PropertyDescriptorCollection
        Return Me.GetProperties(component, Nothing)
    End Function

    ' Provides the name for the property tab.
    Public Overrides ReadOnly Property TabName() As String
        Get
            Return "Properties by Type"
        End Get
    End Property

    ' Provides an image for the property tab.
    Public Overrides ReadOnly Property Bitmap() As System.Drawing.Bitmap
        Get
            Dim bmp As New Bitmap(DeserializeFromBase64Text(img))
            Return bmp
        End Get
    End Property

    ' This method can be used to retrieve an Image from a block of Base64-encoded text.
    Private Function DeserializeFromBase64Text(ByVal [text] As String) As Image
        Dim img As Image = Nothing
        Dim memBytes As Byte() = Convert.FromBase64String([text])
        Dim formatter = New BinaryFormatter()
        Dim stream As New MemoryStream(memBytes)
        img = CType(formatter.Deserialize(stream), Image)
        stream.Close()
        Return img
    End Function
End Class

[C#] 
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.
    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;
        }
    }
}

[C++] 
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Windows.Forms.dll>
#using <System.Drawing.dll>
#using <System.dll>

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

namespace TypeCategoryTabExample{

public __gc class TypeCategoryTab; // forward declaration.

// 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 __gc class TypeCategoryTabComponent : public System::ComponentModel::Component {
public:
   TypeCategoryTabComponent() {
   }
};

// A TypeCategoryTab property tab lists properties by the
// category of the type of each property.
public __gc class TypeCategoryTab : public PropertyTab {
private:
   [BrowsableAttribute(true)]
   // This String* contains a Base-64 encoded and serialized example property tab image.
   String* img;

public:
   TypeCategoryTab() {
      img = S"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";
   }

   // Returns the properties of the specified component extended with
   // a CategoryAttribute reflecting the name of the type of the property.
   System::ComponentModel::PropertyDescriptorCollection* GetProperties(Object* component, System::Attribute* attributes[]) {
      PropertyDescriptorCollection* props;
      if (attributes == 0)
         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.


         Attribute* temp0 [] = {new CategoryAttribute(props->Item[i]->PropertyType->Name)};

         propArray->Item[i] = TypeDescriptor::CreateProperty(props->Item[i]->ComponentType, props->Item[i], temp0);
      }
      return new PropertyDescriptorCollection(propArray);
   }

   System::ComponentModel::PropertyDescriptorCollection* GetProperties(Object* component) {
      return this->GetProperties(component, 0);
   }

   // Provides the name for the property tab.
   __property String* get_TabName() {
      return S"Properties by Type";
   }

   // Provides an image for the property tab.
   __property System::Drawing::Bitmap* get_Bitmap() {
      System::Drawing::Bitmap* bmp = new System::Drawing::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 = 0;
      Byte memBytes[] = Convert::FromBase64String(text);
      IFormatter* formatter = new BinaryFormatter();
      MemoryStream* stream = new MemoryStream(memBytes);
      img = dynamic_cast<Image*>(formatter->Deserialize(stream));
      stream->Close();
      return img;
   }
};
}

[JScript] No example is available for JScript. To view a Visual Basic, C#, or C++ example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.

Requirements

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms.Design

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

See Also

PropertyTab Members | System.Windows.Forms.Design Namespace

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