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The Toolbox displays icons for controls and other items that you can add to Visual Studio projects. To open the Toolbox, click Toolbox on the View menu. You can dock the Toolbox, and you can pin it open or set it to Auto Hide.

Every Toolbox icon can be dragged to a design view or pasted in a code editor in the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). Either action adds the fundamental code to create an instance of the Toolbox item in the active project file.

The Toolbox only displays items appropriate to the type of file you are working in. You can search within the Toolbox to further filter the items that appear. If your project requires a control that is not supported by the Client Profile, you can set your project to target the entire framework by editing the project properties.

Note Note

Your computer might show different names or locations for some of the Visual Studio user interface elements in the following instructions. The Visual Studio edition that you have and the settings that you use determine these elements. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

The following documents provide more information about specific Toolbox tabs.