Walkthrough: Hosting a Windows Forms Control in Windows Presentation Foundation
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 Windows Presentation Foundation Sample.
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To complete this walkthrough you will need:
Development Tools for .NET Framework 3.0, which enable you to create a WPF application project. For information on installing these tools, see Installation Instructions for the Windows SDK.
To host the MaskedTextBox control
Create a Windows Application (WPF) project named HostingWfInWpf.
In Solution Explorer, add a reference to the WindowsFormsIntegration assembly, which is named WindowsFormsIntegration.dll.
The default location for this file is %programfiles%\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework\v3.0\WindowsFormsIntegration.dll.
In Solution Explorer, add a reference to the Windows Forms assembly, which is named System.Windows.Forms.dll.
In the Windows Forms Designer, open Window1.xaml.
Replace the code in Window1.xaml with the following code.
<Window x:Class="HostingWfInWpf.Window1" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" Title="HostingWfInWpf" Loaded="WindowLoaded" > <Grid Name="grid1"> </Grid> </Window>
In the Code Editor, open Window1.xaml.cs.
Replace the code in Window1.xaml.cs with the following code.
Imports System Imports System.Windows Imports System.Windows.Controls Imports System.Windows.Data Imports System.Windows.Documents Imports System.Windows.Media Imports System.Windows.Media.Imaging Imports System.Windows.Shapes Imports System.Windows.Forms ' Interaction logic for Window1.xaml Partial Public Class Window1 Inherits Window Public Sub New() InitializeComponent() End Sub Private Sub WindowLoaded(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. Me.grid1.Children.Add(host) End Sub 'WindowLoaded End Class
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