Windows Forms Controls and Equivalent WPF Controls

 

Many Windows Forms controls have equivalent WPF controls, but some Windows Forms controls have no equivalents in WPF. This topic compares control types provided by the two technologies.

You can always use interoperation to host Windows Forms controls that do not have equivalents in your WPF-based applications.

The following table shows which Windows Forms controls and components have equivalent WPF control functionality. 

Windows Forms control

WPF equivalent control

Remarks

BindingNavigator

No equivalent control.

  

BindingSource

CollectionViewSource

  

Button

Button

  

CheckBox

CheckBox

  

CheckedListBox

ListBox with composition.

  

ColorDialog

No equivalent control.

  

ComboBox

ComboBox

ComboBox does not support auto-complete.

ContextMenuStrip

ContextMenu

  

DataGridView

DataGrid

  

DateTimePicker

DatePicker

  

DomainUpDown

TextBox and two RepeatButton controls.

  

ErrorProvider

No equivalent control.

  

FlowLayoutPanel

WrapPanel or StackPanel

  

FolderBrowserDialog

No equivalent control.

  

FontDialog

No equivalent control.

  

Form

Window

Window does not support child windows.

GroupBox

GroupBox

  

HelpProvider

No equivalent control.

No F1 Help. "What's This" Help is replaced by ToolTips.

HScrollBar

ScrollBar

Scrolling is built into container controls.

ImageList

No equivalent control.

  

Label

Label

  

LinkLabel

No equivalent control.

You can use the Hyperlink class to host hyperlinks within flow content.

ListBox

ListBox

  

ListView

ListView

The ListView control provides a read-only details view.

MaskedTextBox

No equivalent control.

  

MenuStrip 

Menu

Menu control styling can approximate the behavior and appearance of the System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripProfessionalRenderer class.

MonthCalendar

Calendar

  

NotifyIcon

No equivalent control.

  

NumericUpDown

TextBox and two RepeatButton controls.

  

OpenFileDialog

OpenFileDialog

The OpenFileDialog class is a WPF wrapper around the Win32 control.

PageSetupDialog

No equivalent control.

  

Panel

Canvas

  

PictureBox

Image

  

PrintDialog

PrintDialog

  

PrintDocument

No equivalent control.

  

PrintPreviewControl

DocumentViewer

  

PrintPreviewDialog

No equivalent control.

  

ProgressBar

ProgressBar

  

PropertyGrid

No equivalent control.

  

RadioButton

RadioButton

  

RichTextBox

RichTextBox

  

SaveFileDialog

SaveFileDialog

The SaveFileDialog class is a WPF wrapper around the Win32 control.

ScrollableControl

ScrollViewer

  

SoundPlayer

MediaPlayer

  

SplitContainer 

GridSplitter

  

StatusStrip

StatusBar

  

TabControl

TabControl

  

TableLayoutPanel

Grid

  

TextBox

TextBox

  

Timer

DispatcherTimer

  

ToolStrip

ToolBar

  

ToolStripContainer

ToolBar with composition.

  

ToolStripDropDown

ToolBar with composition.

  

ToolStripDropDownMenu

ToolBar with composition.

  

ToolStripPanel

ToolBar with composition.

  

ToolTip

ToolTip

  

TrackBar

Slider

  

TreeView

TreeView

  

UserControl

UserControl

  

VScrollBar

ScrollBar

Scrolling is built into container controls.

WebBrowser

Frame, System.Windows.Controls.WebBrowser 

The Frame control can host HTML pages.

Starting in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, the System.Windows.Controls.WebBrowser control can host HTML pages and also backs the Frame control.

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