ComponentEditorPage Class

Provides a base implementation for a ComponentEditorPage.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms.Design
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public abstract class ComponentEditorPage : Panel
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) */ 
public abstract class ComponentEditorPage extends Panel
public abstract class ComponentEditorPage extends Panel
Not applicable.

The ComponentEditorPage class is a complete implementation for a component editor page that consists of an empty window. You can extend this page to add your own controls. ComponentEditorPage is used by a ComponentEditorForm of a WindowsFormsComponentEditor.

The following code example demonstrates an example ComponentEditorPage implementation.

// This example component editor page type provides an example 
// ComponentEditorPage implementation.
internal class ExampleComponentEditorPage : System.Windows.Forms.Design.ComponentEditorPage
    Label l1; 
    Button b1; 
    PropertyGrid pg1;

    // Base64-encoded serialized image data for the required component editor page icon.

    public ExampleComponentEditorPage()
        // Initialize the page, which inherits from Panel, and its controls.
        this.Size = new Size( 400, 250 );            
        this.Icon = DeserializeIconFromBase64Text(icon);
        this.Text = "Example Page";
        b1 = new Button();
        b1.Size = new Size(200, 20);
        b1.Location = new Point(200, 0);
        b1.Text = "Set a random background color";
        b1.Click += new EventHandler(this.randomBackColor);
        this.Controls.Add( b1 );

        l1 = new Label();
        l1.Size = new Size(190, 20);
        l1.Location = new Point(4, 2);
        l1.Text = "Example Component Editor Page";
        this.Controls.Add( l1 );

        pg1 = new PropertyGrid();
        pg1.Size = new Size(400, 280);
        pg1.Location = new Point(0,30);
        this.Controls.Add( pg1 );
    // This method indicates that the Help button should be enabled for this 
    // component editor page.
    public override bool SupportsHelp()
        return true; 

    // This method is called when the Help button for this component editor page is pressed.
    // This implementation uses the IHelpService to show the Help topic for a sample keyword.
    public override void ShowHelp()
        // The GetSelectedComponent method of a ComponentEditorPage retrieves the
        // IComponent associated with the WindowsFormsComponentEditor.
        IComponent selectedComponent = this.GetSelectedComponent();

        // Retrieve the Site of the component, and return if null.
        ISite componentSite = selectedComponent.Site;
        if(componentSite == null)
        // Acquire the IHelpService to display a help topic using a indexed keyword lookup.
        IHelpService helpService = (IHelpService)componentSite.GetService(typeof(IHelpService));
        if (helpService != null)

    // The LoadComponent method is raised when the ComponentEditorPage is displayed.
    protected override void LoadComponent()
        this.pg1.SelectedObject = this.Component; 

    // The SaveComponent method is raised when the WindowsFormsComponentEditor is closing 
    // or the current ComponentEditorPage is closing.
    protected override void SaveComponent()

    // If the associated component is a Control, this method sets the BackColor to a random color.
    // This method is invoked by the button on this ComponentEditorPage.
    private void randomBackColor(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if( typeof(System.Windows.Forms.Control).IsAssignableFrom( this.Component.GetType() ) )
            // Sets the background color of the Control associated with the
            // WindowsFormsComponentEditor to a random color.
            Random rnd = new Random();
            ((System.Windows.Forms.Control)this.Component).BackColor = 
                Color.FromArgb(rnd.Next(255), rnd.Next(255), rnd.Next(255));

    // This method can be used to retrieve an Icon from a block 
    // of Base64-encoded text.
    private Icon DeserializeIconFromBase64Text(string text)
        Icon img = null;
        byte[] memBytes = Convert.FromBase64String(text);
        IFormatter formatter = new BinaryFormatter();
        MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(memBytes);
        img = (Icon)formatter.Deserialize(stream);
        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