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DesignSurface.View Property

Gets the view for the root designer.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel.Design
Assembly:  System.Design (in System.Design.dll)

public Object View { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Object
The view for the root designer.


The design surface is not loading, the designer loader has not yet created a root designer, or the design surface finished the load, but failed. More information may available in the InnerException.


The designer loaded, but it does not offer a view compatible with this design surface.


The IDesignerHost attached to the DesignSurface has been disposed.

The BeginLoad method must be called beforehand to start the loading process. It is possible to return a view before the designer loader finishes loading because the root designer, which supplies the view, is the first object created by the designer loader. If a view is unavailable, BeginLoad raises an exception.

The notion of a view technology is obsolete. But, it remains in the interfaces for root designers for backward compatibility. Its use is hidden from anyone using DesignSurface objects. The View property hides view technologies by passing the supported technologies back into the root designer.

The following code example shows how View hides view technologies.


IRootDesigner d;

ViewTechnology[] supported = d.SupportedTechnologies;

return d.GetView(supported[0]);

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0