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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

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 property 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 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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