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PropertyTab Class

Provides a base class for property tabs.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms.Design
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

public ref class PropertyTab abstract : IExtenderProvider
public abstract class PropertyTab implements IExtenderProvider
public abstract class PropertyTab implements IExtenderProvider
Not applicable.

The PropertyTab class 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.

The following code example provides an example PropertyTab that lists any properties on a component, arranged by type name.

#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;
using namespace System::Security::Permissions;

namespace TypeCategoryTabExample
{
   ref 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(TypeCategoryTabExample::TypeCategoryTab::typeid,PropertyTabScope::Document)]
   public ref class TypeCategoryTabComponent: public System::ComponentModel::Component
   {
   public:
      TypeCategoryTabComponent(){}
   };

   // A TypeCategoryTab property tab lists properties by the
   // category of the type of each property.
   public ref class TypeCategoryTab: public PropertyTab
   {
   private:

      // This String^ contains a Base-64 encoded and serialized example property tab image.

      [BrowsableAttribute(true)]
      String^ img;

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

      // Returns the properties of the specified component extended with
      // a CategoryAttribute reflecting the name of the type of the property.
      [ReflectionPermission(SecurityAction::Demand, Flags=ReflectionPermissionFlag::MemberAccess)]
      virtual System::ComponentModel::PropertyDescriptorCollection^ GetProperties( Object^ component, array<System::Attribute^>^attributes ) override
      {
         PropertyDescriptorCollection^ props;
         if ( attributes == nullptr )
                  props = TypeDescriptor::GetProperties( component );
         else
                  props = TypeDescriptor::GetProperties( component, attributes );

         array<PropertyDescriptor^>^propArray = gcnew array<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.
            array<Attribute^>^temp0 = {gcnew CategoryAttribute( props[ i ]->PropertyType->Name )};
            propArray[ i ] = TypeDescriptor::CreateProperty( props[ i ]->ComponentType, props[ i ], temp0 );

         }
         return gcnew PropertyDescriptorCollection( propArray );
      }

      virtual System::ComponentModel::PropertyDescriptorCollection^ GetProperties( Object^ component ) override
      {
         return this->GetProperties( component, nullptr );
      }

      property String^ TabName 
      {
         // Provides the name for the property tab.
         virtual String^ get() override
         {
            return "Properties by Type";
         }
      }

      property System::Drawing::Bitmap^ Bitmap 
      {
         // Provides an image for the property tab.
         virtual System::Drawing::Bitmap^ get() override
         {
            System::Drawing::Bitmap^ bmp = gcnew System::Drawing::Bitmap( DeserializeFromBase64Text( img ) );
            return bmp;
         }
      }

   private:

      // This method can be used to retrieve an Image from a block of Base64-encoded text.
      Image^ DeserializeFromBase64Text( String^ text )
      {
         Image^ img = nullptr;
         array<Byte>^memBytes = Convert::FromBase64String( text );
         IFormatter^ formatter = gcnew BinaryFormatter;
         MemoryStream^ stream = gcnew MemoryStream( memBytes );
         img = dynamic_cast<Image^>(formatter->Deserialize( stream ));
         stream->Close();
         return img;
      }
   };
}

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 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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