ToolBox Interface


Represents the ToolBox in the integrated development environment (IDE).

Namespace:   EnvDTE
Assembly:  EnvDTE (in EnvDTE.dll)

public interface ToolBox


Gets the currently selected item in the ToolBox.


Gets the top-level extensibility object.


Gets the immediate parent object of a ToolBox object.


Gets the collection of all tabs in the ToolBox.

A Window object represents the ToolBox's window. The ToolBox contains a collection of ToolBoxTab objects, such as controls. Individual items in the ToolBox tabs are represented by ToolBoxItem objects.

A special tab named Clipboard contains the last 15 items cut or copied to the clipboard.

There is only one ToolBox object in the IDE.

Sub ToolboxExample()
    ' Define the variables and create an object reference to the IDE's  
    ' ToolBox object.
    Dim win As Window = DTE.Windows.Item(Constants.vsWindowKindToolbox)
    Dim tlBox As ToolBox = win.Object
    Dim tbxTabs As ToolBoxTabs

    ' Create an object reference to the ToolBoxTabs object.
    tbxTabs = tlBox.ToolBoxTabs

    ' Now you can manipulate the ToolBox.
    ' List the total number of tabs in the ToolBox.
    MsgBox("Number of ToolBox tabs: " & tbxTabs.Count)
End Sub
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