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Arranging Controls on Windows Forms

By placing and manipulating controls on forms in different ways, you can create user interfaces that are both intuitive and functional for users.

How to: Align Multiple Controls on Windows Forms

Gives directions for lining up the position of a number of controls on your Windows Form.

How to: Anchor Controls on Windows Forms

Gives directions for setting controls to resize dynamically at run time.

How to: Copy Controls Between Windows Forms

Gives directions for duplicating controls between forms.

How to: Dock Controls on Windows Forms

Gives directions for making controls "stick" to the side(s) of a form.

How to: Layer Objects on Windows Forms

Gives directions for establishing which controls are on top relative to the z-axis (z-order).

How to: Lock Controls to Windows Forms

Gives directions for fastening controls permanently to the form.

How to: Position Controls on Windows Forms

Gives directions for setting the coordinates of the controls on a form.

How to: Resize Controls on Windows Forms

Gives directions for setting the size of controls on a form.

How to: Set Grid Options for All Windows Forms

Gives directions for calibrating the size of the grid that covers a form.

How to: Set the Tab Order on Windows Forms

Gives directions for regulating the order in which controls will have focus when the user presses TAB.

How to: Arrange Controls with Snaplines and the Grid in Windows Forms

Gives directions for affixing controls to the grid on a form.

How to: Reassign Existing Controls to a Different Parent

Gives directions for assigning existing controls to a new parent container.

Walkthrough: Laying Out Windows Forms Controls with Padding, Margins, and the AutoSize Property

Describes how you can place controls on your forms by using the Margin, Padding, and AutoSize properties within the Forms Designer.

Walkthrough: Arranging Controls on Windows Forms Using Snaplines

Demonstrates the various layout roles fulfilled by snaplines.

How to: Designate a Windows Forms Button as the Cancel Button Using the Designer

Gives directions for establishing a button as the control to cancel the form.

How to: Designate a Windows Forms Button as the Accept Button Using the Designer

Gives directions for establishing a button (often an "OK" button) as the "accept input" button when ENTER is pressed regardless of where focus is at the time in the dialog box.

How to: Group Windows Forms RadioButton Controls to Function as a Set

Gives directions for establishing a set of RadioButton controls as being related to one another.

Windows Forms Controls

Provides general information about controls.

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