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How to: Refactor Existing Properties into a Complex Type Property

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This topic describes how to use the ADO.NET Entity Data Model Designer (Entity Designer) to refactor existing entity properties into a complex type property.

To refactor existing properties into a complex type

  • On the Entity Designer surface, select one or more properties (excluding navigation properties) of an entity, then right-click and select Refactor into New Complex Type.

    A new complex type with the selected properties is added to the Model Browser. The complex type is given a default name. For information about renaming a complex type, see How to: Create and Modify Complex Types.

    A complex property of the newly created type replaces the selected properties. All property mappings are preserved.

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