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Walkthrough: Hosting a Windows Forms Control in WPF

WPF provides many controls with a rich feature set. However, you may sometimes want to use Windows Forms controls on your WPF pages. For example, you may have a substantial investment in existing Windows Forms controls, or you may have a Windows Forms control that provides unique functionality.

This walkthrough shows you how to host a Windows Forms System.Windows.Forms.MaskedTextBox control on a WPF page by using code.

For a complete code listing of the tasks shown in this walkthrough, see Hosting a Windows Forms Control in WPF Sample.

You need the following components to complete this walkthrough:

  • Visual Studio 2010.

To host the MaskedTextBox control

  1. Create a WPF Application project named HostingWfInWpf.

  2. Add references to the following assemblies.

    • WindowsFormsIntegration

    • System.Windows.Forms

  3. Open MainWindow.xaml in the WPF Designer.

  4. Name the Grid element grid1.

    <Grid Name="grid1">
  5. In Design view or XAML view, select the Window element.

  6. In the Properties window, click the Events tab.

  7. Double-click the Loaded event.

  8. Insert the following code to handle the Loaded event.

    Private Sub Window_Loaded(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As RoutedEventArgs)
        ' Create the interop host control.
        Dim host As New System.Windows.Forms.Integration.WindowsFormsHost()
        ' Create the MaskedTextBox control.
        Dim mtbDate As New MaskedTextBox("00/00/0000")
        ' Assign the MaskedTextBox control as the host control's child.
        host.Child = mtbDate
        ' Add the interop host control to the Grid
        ' control's collection of child controls.
    End Sub
  9. At the top of the file, add the following Imports or using statement.

    Imports System.Windows.Forms
  10. Press F5 to build and run the application.