Extending the Toolbox


The Visual Studio Toolbox provides a collection of objects that provide functionality to editors and designers through the IDE's drag-and-drop mechanism.

There are two basic ways in which a VSPackage works with the Visual Studio Toolbox:

  • A VSPackage can add new data items and controls to the Toolbox.

  • A VSPackage can be a target or consumer of existing Toolbox functionality, supporting the drag-and-drop operations and configuring the Toolbox's appearance.

In This Section

How to: Create a Toolbox Control That Uses Windows Forms

Describes out to create a Toolbox control by using the Windows Forms Toolbox Control template.

Creating a WPF Toolbox Control

Describes out to create a Toolbox control by using the WPF Toolbox Control template.

Managing the Toolbox

Describes how a VSPackage can manage the content and appearance of the Toolbox.

Related Sections

How to: Manage the Toolbox Window

Describes how to work with the Toolbox in the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE).

How to: Control the Toolbox

Describes how to manage the Toolbox using the automation programming model.

Extending Other Parts of Visual Studio

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