DesignSurfaceManager Class

Manages a collection of DesignSurface objects.

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

public class DesignSurfaceManager : IServiceProvider, IDisposable
public class DesignSurfaceManager implements IServiceProvider, IDisposable
public class DesignSurfaceManager implements IServiceProvider, IDisposable
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The DesignSurfaceManager class is designed to be a container of DesignSurface objects. It provides common services that handle event routing between designers, property windows, and other global objects. Using DesignSurfaceManager is optional, but it is recommended if you intend to have several designer windows.

The DesignSurfaceManager class provides several design-time services automatically. You can override each of these services by replacing them in the protected ServiceContainer property. To replace a service, override the constructor, call base, and make any changes through the protected ServiceContainer property. All services added to the service container that implement the IDisposable interface are disposed when the design surface manager is disposed. The DesignSurfaceManager class provides the IDesignerEventService interface as the default service. IDesignerEventService provides a global eventing mechanism for designer events. With this mechanism, an application is informed when a designer becomes active. The service provides a collection of designers and a single place where global objects, such as the Properties window, can monitor selection change events.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0