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Control.Controls Property

Gets the collection of controls contained within the control.

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

[<BrowsableAttribute(false)>]
member Controls : Control.ControlCollection with get

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlCollection
A Control.ControlCollection representing the collection of controls contained within the control.

A Control can act as a parent to a collection of controls. For example, when several controls are added to a Form, each of the controls is a member of the Control.ControlCollection assigned to the Controls property of the form, which is derived from the Control class.

You can manipulate the controls in the Control.ControlCollection assigned to the Controls property by using the methods available in the Control.ControlCollection class.

When adding several controls to a parent control, it is recommended that you call the SuspendLayout method before initializing the controls to be added. After adding the controls to the parent control, call the ResumeLayout method. Doing so will increase the performance of applications with many controls.

Use the Controls property to iterate through all controls of a form, including nested controls. Use the GetNextControl method to retrieve the previous or next child control in the tab order. Use the ActiveControl property to get or set the active control of a container control.

The following code example removes a Control from the Control.ControlCollection of the derived class Panel if it is a member of the collection. The example requires that you have created a Panel, a Button, and at least one RadioButton control on a Form. The RadioButton control(s) are added to the Panel control, and the Panel control added to the Form. When the button is clicked, the radio button named removeButton is removed from the Control.ControlCollection.

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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