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Using the OLE/COM Object Viewer
Visual Studio .NET 2003
By reading a control's type library, the OLE/COM Object Viewer lets you view a control's interfaces.
To use the OLE/COM Object Viewer
- Start the OLE/COM Object Viewer by either clicking OLE/COM Object Viewer on the Tools menu or by typing oleview at the command line.
- Display all registered Automation objects by opening the Automation Objects folder from the Object Classes, Grouped by Component Category.
- Scroll down and select one of the control. Several tabs will appear in the right pane and the interfaces implemented by the control will display in the Registry tab.
- If you right-click on a control in the left pane and select View Type Information, the ITypeInfo Viewer will display a reconstructed .idl or .odl file.
- If you expand the control node in the left pane, you will see a list of the interfaces in the object. If you click an interface, the registry entry for that interface is displayed in the right pane.
- If you right-click an interface and click View, the OLE/COM Object Viewer will display a dialog box showing the GUID for the interface and an option to view type library information, if it is available. Selecting View Type Info will display a portion of a reconstructed .idl file specific to the interface in the ITypeInfo Viewer.
- In the ITypeInfo Viewer, expanding the tree view and clicking on an interface member will display the accessor method signatures in the right pane.