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ControlDesigner.AutoFormats Property

Gets the collection of predefined automatic formatting schemes to display in the Auto Format dialog box for the associated control at design time.

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

public virtual DesignerAutoFormatCollection AutoFormats { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.UI.Design.DesignerAutoFormatCollection
A DesignerAutoFormatCollection object that contains the predefined schemes for the control.

A complete Web server control includes not only the control, but also, possibly, a corresponding control designer class that is derived from the ControlDesigner class and a formatting class that is derived from the DesignerAutoFormat class. The AutoFormats property is a collection of instances of the DesignerAutoFormat class. For a working example of automatic formatting in Visual Studio 2005, see Calendar.

Notes to Inheritors

Controls that automatically expose AutoFormats get a task list and context commands for their formats. When you are using automatic formats, use the ViewControl property to set the properties in your callback function.

The following code example demonstrates how to implement the AutoFormats property in a custom control designer. The derived control designer implements the AutoFormats property by adding three instances of a custom automatic format that are derived from the DesignerAutoFormat class.

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

namespace CustomControls.Design.CS
{
	// A custom Label control whose contents can be indented
    [Designer(typeof(IndentLabelDesigner)), 
        ToolboxData("<{0}:IndentLabel Runat=\"server\"></{0}:IndentLabel>")]
    public class IndentLabel : Label
    {
        private int _indent = 0;

        // Property to indent all text within the label
        [Category("Appearance"), DefaultValue(0), 
            PersistenceMode(PersistenceMode.Attribute)]
        public int Indent
        {
            get { return _indent; }
            set
            {
                _indent = value;
                // Get the number of pixels to indent 
                int ind = value * 8;

                //  Add the indent style to the control 
                if (ind > 0)
                    this.Style.Add(HtmlTextWriterStyle.MarginLeft, ind.ToString() + "px");
                else 
                    this.Style.Remove(HtmlTextWriterStyle.MarginLeft);
            }
        }
    }


	// A design-time ControlDesigner for the IndentLabel control
    [SupportsPreviewControl(true)]
    public class IndentLabelDesigner : LabelDesigner
    {
        private DesignerAutoFormatCollection _autoFormats = null;

		// The collection of AutoFormat objects for the IndentLabel object 
        public override DesignerAutoFormatCollection AutoFormats
        {
            get
            {
                if (_autoFormats == null)
                {
					// Create the collection
                    _autoFormats = new DesignerAutoFormatCollection();

					// Create and add each AutoFormat object
                    _autoFormats.Add(new IndentLabelAutoFormat("MyClassic"));
                    _autoFormats.Add(new IndentLabelAutoFormat("MyBright"));
                    _autoFormats.Add(new IndentLabelAutoFormat("Default"));
                }
                return _autoFormats;
            }
        }

	    // An AutoFormat object for the IndentLabel control 
        private class IndentLabelAutoFormat : DesignerAutoFormat
        {
		    public IndentLabelAutoFormat(string name) : base(name)
		    { }

		    // Applies styles based on the Name of the AutoFormat 
            public override void Apply(Control inLabel)
            {
                if (inLabel is IndentLabel)
                {
                    IndentLabel ctl = (IndentLabel)inLabel;

				    // Apply formatting according to the Name 
                    if (this.Name == "MyClassic")
                    {
					    // For MyClassic, apply style elements directly to the control
                        ctl.ForeColor = Color.Gray;
                        ctl.BackColor = Color.LightGray;
                        ctl.Font.Size = FontUnit.XSmall;
                        ctl.Font.Name = "Verdana,Geneva,Sans-Serif";
                    }
                    else if (this.Name == "MyBright")
                    {
					    // For MyBright, apply style elements to the Style property 
                        this.Style.ForeColor = Color.Maroon;
					    this.Style.BackColor = Color.Yellow;
					    this.Style.Font.Size = FontUnit.Medium;

					    // Merge the AutoFormat style with the control's style
					    ctl.MergeStyle(this.Style);
                    }
                    else
                    {
					    // For the Default format, apply style elements to the control
                        ctl.ForeColor = Color.Black;
                        ctl.BackColor = Color.Empty;
                        ctl.Font.Size = FontUnit.XSmall;
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    }
}

.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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