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ControlDesigner.ActionLists Property

Gets the action list collection for the control designer.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.Design
Assembly:  System.Design (in System.Design.dll)

public override DesignerActionListCollection ActionLists { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.ComponentModel.Design.DesignerActionListCollection
A DesignerActionListCollection object that contains the DesignerActionList items for the control designer.

Notes to Inheritors

To add an action list menu to a custom control in design view, your custom control designer must override the ActionLists property to return a custom control class that is derived from the DesignerActionList class.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a simple composite control with a Label and a TextBox control, together with properties to set the Text properties on both internal controls, and also the Width and BackColor properties of the TextBox control. An associated control designer class creates three DesignerActionMethodItem commands, each of which sets two properties on the control, and can be rolled back with the undo functionality of the design host.

using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Collections;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.Design;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.Design;

namespace ASPNet.Samples
{
    // Create a custom control class with a Label and TextBox
    [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSetAttribute(
        System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand,
        Name = "FullTrust")]
    [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSetAttribute(
        System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand,
        Name = "FullTrust")]
    [DesignerAttribute(typeof(SampleControlDesigner))]
    public class SampleControl : CompositeControl
    {
        int defaultWidth = 150;

        public SampleControl()
        {
        }

        // Create a set of public properties
        [Browsable(true), Bindable(true), DefaultValue(""),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.Attribute)]
        public string LabelText
        {
            get
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                return MyLabel.Text;
            }
            set
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                MyLabel.Text = value;
            }
        }

        [Browsable(true), Bindable(true), DefaultValue(""),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.Attribute)]
        public string BoxText
        {
            get
            { 
                EnsureChildControls();
                return MyTextBox.Text;
            }
            set
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                MyTextBox.Text = value;
            }
        }

        [Browsable(true), Bindable(true), Category("Appearance"),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.Attribute)]
        public Unit BoxWidth
        {
            get
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                return MyTextBox.Width;
            }
            set
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                MyTextBox.Width = value;
            }
        }

        [Browsable(true), Bindable(true), Category("Appearance"),
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.Attribute)]
        public override Color BackColor
        {
            get
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                return MyTextBox.BackColor;
           }
            set
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                MyTextBox.BackColor = value;
            }
        }

        // Create private properties 
        private TextBox MyTextBox
        {
            get
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                return (TextBox)FindControl("MyTextBox");
            }
        }
        private Label MyLabel
        {
            get
            {
                EnsureChildControls();
                return (Label)FindControl("MyLabel");
            }
        }

        // Create a label and a text box. 
        protected override void CreateChildControls()
        {
            // Clear the controls
            Controls.Clear();

            // Create a Label control
            Label localLabel = new Label();
            localLabel.EnableViewState = false;
            localLabel.ID = "MyLabel";
            localLabel.Text = localLabel.ID + ": ";
            Controls.Add(localLabel);

            // Create a TextBox control
            TextBox localTextBox = new TextBox();
            localTextBox.ID = "MyTextBox";
            localTextBox.Width = defaultWidth;
            Controls.Add(localTextBox);
        }
    }


    // Create a designer class for the SampleControl
    [System.Security.Permissions.SecurityPermission(
        System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, 
        Flags = System.Security.Permissions.SecurityPermissionFlag.UnmanagedCode)]
    public class SampleControlDesigner : ControlDesigner
    {
        // Constructor 
        public SampleControlDesigner() : base()
        {
        }

        // Do not allow resizing; force use of properties to set width 
        public override bool AllowResize
        {
            get { return false; }
        }

        // Create a custom ActionLists collection 
        public override DesignerActionListCollection ActionLists
        {
            get
            {
                // Create the collection
                DesignerActionListCollection actionLists = new DesignerActionListCollection();

                // Get the base items, if any
                actionLists.AddRange(base.ActionLists);

                // Add a custom list of actions
                actionLists.Add(new CustomControlActionList(this));

                return actionLists;
            }
        }

        // Create an embedded DesignerActionList class 
        private class CustomControlActionList : DesignerActionList
        {
            // Create private fields 
            private SampleControlDesigner _parent;
            private DesignerActionItemCollection items;

            // Constructor 
            public CustomControlActionList(SampleControlDesigner parent)
                : base(parent.Component)
            {
                _parent = parent;
            }

            // Create a set of transacted callback methods 
            // Callback for the wide format 
            public void FormatWide()
            {
                SampleControl ctrl = (SampleControl)_parent.Component;

                // Create the callback
                TransactedChangeCallback toCall = new TransactedChangeCallback(DoFormat);
                // Create the transacted change in the control
                ControlDesigner.InvokeTransactedChange(ctrl, toCall, "FormatWide", "Use a wide format");
            }

            // Callback for the medium format 
            public void FormatMedium()
            {
                SampleControl ctrl = (SampleControl)_parent.Component;

                // Create the callback
                TransactedChangeCallback toCall = new TransactedChangeCallback(DoFormat);
                // Create the transacted change in the control
                ControlDesigner.InvokeTransactedChange(ctrl, toCall, "FormatMedium", "Use a medium format");
            }

            // Callback for the narrow format 
            public void FormatNarrow()
            {
                SampleControl ctrl = (SampleControl)_parent.Component;

                // Create the callback
                TransactedChangeCallback toCall = new TransactedChangeCallback(DoFormat);
                // Create the transacted change in the control
                ControlDesigner.InvokeTransactedChange(ctrl, toCall, "FormatNarrow", "Use a narrow format");
            }

            // Get the sorted list of Action items 
            public override DesignerActionItemCollection GetSortedActionItems()
            {
                if (items == null)
                {
                    // Create the collection
                    items = new DesignerActionItemCollection();

                    // Add a header to the list
                    items.Add(new DesignerActionHeaderItem("Select a Style:"));

                    // Add three commands
                    items.Add(new DesignerActionMethodItem(this, "FormatWide", "Format Wide", true));
                    items.Add(new DesignerActionMethodItem(this, "FormatMedium", "Format Medium", true));
                    items.Add(new DesignerActionMethodItem(this, "FormatNarrow", "Format Narrow", true));
                }
                return items;
            }

            // Function for the callbacks to call 
            public bool DoFormat(object arg)
            {
                // Get a reference to the designer's associated component
                SampleControl ctl = (SampleControl)_parent.Component;

                // Get the format name from the arg 
                string fmt = (string)arg;

                // Create property descriptors
                PropertyDescriptor widthProp = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(ctl)["BoxWidth"];
                PropertyDescriptor backColorProp = TypeDescriptor.GetProperties(ctl)["BackColor"];

                // For the selected format, set two properties 
                switch (fmt)
                {
                    case "FormatWide":
                        widthProp.SetValue(ctl, Unit.Pixel(250));
                        backColorProp.SetValue(ctl, Color.LightBlue);
                        break;
                    case "FormatNarrow":
                        widthProp.SetValue(ctl, Unit.Pixel(100));
                        backColorProp.SetValue(ctl, Color.LightCoral);
                        break;
                    case "FormatMedium":
                        widthProp.SetValue(ctl, Unit.Pixel(150));
                        backColorProp.SetValue(ctl, Color.White);
                        break;
                }
                _parent.UpdateDesignTimeHtml();

                // Return an indication of success 
                return true;
            }
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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