NotifyParentPropertyAttribute Class

Indicates that the parent property is notified when the value of the property that this attribute is applied to is modified. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Property)]
public sealed class NotifyParentPropertyAttribute : Attribute

Apply NotifyParentPropertyAttribute to a property if its parent property should receive notification of changes to the property's values. For example, in the Properties window, the DataGridView.RowTemplate property has nested properties such as Height and DefaultCellStyle. These nested properties are marked with NotifyParentPropertyAttribute(true) so they notify the parent property to update its value and display when the property values change.

For more information about using attributes, see Extending Metadata Using Attributes.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the NotifyParentPropertyAttribute and the ExpandableObjectConverter class to create an expandable property on a custom control.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace ExpandableObjectDemo
{
    public partial class DemoControl : UserControl
    {
        BorderAppearance borderAppearanceValue = new BorderAppearance();
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;

        public DemoControl()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }

        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }

        [Browsable(true)]
        [EditorBrowsable(EditorBrowsableState.Always)]
        [Category("Demo")]
        [DesignerSerializationVisibility(DesignerSerializationVisibility.Content)]
        public BorderAppearance Border
        {
            get
            {
                return this.borderAppearanceValue;
            }

            set
            {
                this.borderAppearanceValue = value;
            }
        }

        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
        }
    }

    [TypeConverter(typeof(BorderAppearanceConverter))]
    public class BorderAppearance
    {
        private int borderSizeValue = 1;
        private Color borderColorValue = Color.Empty;

        [Browsable(true),
        NotifyParentProperty(true),
        EditorBrowsable(EditorBrowsableState.Always),
        DefaultValue(1)]
        public int BorderSize
        {
            get
            {
                return borderSizeValue;
            }
            set
            {
                if (value < 0)
                {
                    throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException(
                        "BorderSize",
                        value,
                        "must be >= 0");
                }

                if (borderSizeValue != value)
                {
                    borderSizeValue = value;
                }
            }
        }

        [Browsable(true)]
        [NotifyParentProperty(true)]
        [EditorBrowsable(EditorBrowsableState.Always)]
        [DefaultValue(typeof(Color), "")]
        public Color BorderColor
        {
            get
            {
                return borderColorValue;
            }
            set
            {
                if (value.Equals(Color.Transparent))
                {
                    throw new NotSupportedException("Transparent colors are not supported.");
                }

                if (borderColorValue != value)
                {
                    borderColorValue = value;
                }
            }
        }
    }

    public class BorderAppearanceConverter : ExpandableObjectConverter
    {
        // This override prevents the PropertyGrid from  
        // displaying the full type name in the value cell. 
        public override object ConvertTo(
            ITypeDescriptorContext context,
            CultureInfo culture,
            object value,
            Type destinationType)
        {
            if (destinationType == typeof(string))
            {
                return "";
            }

            return base.ConvertTo(
                context,
                culture,
                value,
                destinationType);
        }
    }
}

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.ComponentModel.NotifyParentPropertyAttribute

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 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

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