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Tool Windows

Tools windows are child windows of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) that are used to display information. The Toolbox, Solution Explorer, Properties window, and Web Browser are examples of tool windows provided by the IDE.

Tool Window Essentials

Presents the information that you must know to understand tool windows.

How to: Create a Tool Window (C#)

Shows how to create a tool window by using the Visual Studio Integration Package Wizard.

Registering Tool Windows

Describes how to register and configure tool windows.

How to: Open a Tool Window Programmatically (C#)

Explains how to open a tool window programmatically.

How to: Open a Dynamic Tool Window

Explains how to open and close a tool window programmatically, depending on user interface (UI) context.

Tool Window Walkthroughs

Presents the most common scenarios for working with tool windows.

Window Management

Provides guidelines for enhancing the usability of the windows in Visual Studio.

User Interfaces

Explains how to use Visual Studio services to create UI elements that match the rest of Visual Studio.