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ToolboxItemFilterAttribute Class

Specifies the filter string and filter type to use for a toolbox item.


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

<SerializableAttribute> _
<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple := True, Inherited := True)> _
Public NotInheritable Class ToolboxItemFilterAttribute _
	Inherits Attribute

The ToolboxItemFilterAttribute type exposes the following members.

Public methodToolboxItemFilterAttribute(String)Initializes a new instance of the ToolboxItemFilterAttribute class using the specified filter string.
Public methodToolboxItemFilterAttribute(String, ToolboxItemFilterType)Initializes a new instance of the ToolboxItemFilterAttribute class using the specified filter string and type.

Public propertyFilterStringGets the filter string for the toolbox item.
Public propertyFilterTypeGets the type of the filter.
Public propertyTypeIdGets the type ID for the attribute. (Overrides Attribute.TypeId.)

Public methodEqualsReturns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Overrides Attribute.Equals(Object).)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Overrides Attribute.GetHashCode.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchIndicates whether the specified object has a matching filter string. (Overrides Attribute.Match(Object).)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Overrides Object.ToString.)

Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)

ToolboxItemFilterAttribute provides a mechanism by which toolbox items can be marked for use only with designers that have a matching attribute or code that determines whether the item should be enabled or disabled in the toolbox.

A ToolboxItemFilterAttribute can be applied to a ToolboxItem to indicate a filter string and filter type that specify when to enable or disable the item. ToolboxItemFilterAttribute can also be applied to a designer to indicate its requirements for enabling items in the toolbox. This type of attribute can be used to indicate that a toolbox item can only be enabled when a designer with a matching filter string is being used. The type of the filter is indicated in the FilterType property by a ToolboxItemFilterType that indicates whether and how a filter string match is used, or whether to use custom code to determine whether to enable an item.

The following code example demonstrates how to apply the ToolboxItemFilterAttribute.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.ComponentModel.Design
Imports System.Diagnostics
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Drawing.Design
Imports System.Windows.Forms
Imports System.Windows.Forms.Design

' This example contains an IRootDesigner that implements the IToolboxUser interface.
' This example demonstrates how to enable the GetToolSupported method of an IToolboxUser
' designer in order to disable specific toolbox items, and how to respond to the 
' invocation of a ToolboxItem in the ToolPicked method of an IToolboxUser implementation.
' This example component class demonstrates the associated IRootDesigner which 
' implements the IToolboxUser interface. When designer view is invoked, Visual 
' Studio .NET attempts to display a design mode view for the class at the top 
' of a code file. This can sometimes fail when the class is one of multiple types 
' in a code file, and has a DesignerAttribute associating it with an IRootDesigner. 
' Placing a derived class at the top of the code file solves this problem. A 
' derived class is not typically needed for this reason, except that placing the 
' RootDesignedComponent class in another file is not a simple solution for a code 
' example that is packaged in one segment of code.

Public Class RootViewSampleComponent
    Inherits RootDesignedComponent
End Class

' The following attribute associates the SampleRootDesigner with this example component.
<DesignerAttribute(GetType(SampleRootDesigner), GetType(IRootDesigner))> _
Public Class RootDesignedComponent
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Control
End Class

' This example IRootDesigner implements the IToolboxUser interface and provides a 
' Windows Forms view technology view for its associated component using an internal 
' Control type.     
' The following ToolboxItemFilterAttribute enables the GetToolSupported method of this
' IToolboxUser designer to be queried to check for whether to enable or disable all 
' ToolboxItems which create any components whose type name begins with "System.Windows.Forms".
<ToolboxItemFilterAttribute("System.Windows.Forms", ToolboxItemFilterType.Custom)> _
<System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSetAttribute(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, Name:="FullTrust")> _
Public Class SampleRootDesigner
    Inherits ParentControlDesigner
    Implements IRootDesigner, IToolboxUser

    ' Member field of custom type RootDesignerView, a control that is shown in the 
    ' design mode document window. This member is cached to reduce processing needed 
    ' to recreate the view control on each call to GetView().
    Private m_view As RootDesignerView

    ' This string array contains type names of components that should not be added to 
    ' the component managed by this designer from the Toolbox.  Any ToolboxItems whose 
    ' type name matches a type name in this array will be marked disabled according to  
    ' the signal returned by the IToolboxUser.GetToolSupported method of this designer.
    Private blockedTypeNames As String() = {"System.Windows.Forms.ListBox", "System.Windows.Forms.GroupBox"}

    ' IRootDesigner.SupportedTechnologies is a required override for an IRootDesigner.
    ' This designer provides a display using the Windows Forms view technology.
    ReadOnly Property SupportedTechnologies() As ViewTechnology() Implements IRootDesigner.SupportedTechnologies
            Return New ViewTechnology() {ViewTechnology.Default}
        End Get
    End Property

    ' This method returns an object that provides the view for this root designer. 
    Function GetView(ByVal technology As ViewTechnology) As Object Implements IRootDesigner.GetView
        ' If the design environment requests a view technology other than Windows 
        ' Forms, this method throws an Argument Exception.
        If technology <> ViewTechnology.Default Then
            Throw New ArgumentException("An unsupported view technology was requested", "Unsupported view technology.")
        End If

        ' Creates the view object if it has not yet been initialized.
        If m_view Is Nothing Then
            m_view = New RootDesignerView(Me)
        End If
        Return m_view
    End Function

    ' This method can signal whether to enable or disable the specified
    ' ToolboxItem when the component associated with this designer is selected.
    Function GetToolSupported(ByVal tool As ToolboxItem) As Boolean Implements IToolboxUser.GetToolSupported
        ' Search the blocked type names array for the type name of the tool
        ' for which support for is being tested. Return false to indicate the
        ' tool should be disabled when the associated component is selected.
        Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To blockedTypeNames.Length - 1
            If tool.TypeName = blockedTypeNames(i) Then
                Return False
            End If
        Next i ' Return true to indicate support for the tool, if the type name of the
        ' tool is not located in the blockedTypeNames string array.
        Return True
    End Function

    ' This method can perform behavior when the specified tool has been invoked.
    ' Invocation of a ToolboxItem typically creates a component or components, 
    ' and adds any created components to the associated component.
    Sub ToolPicked(ByVal tool As ToolboxItem) Implements IToolboxUser.ToolPicked
    End Sub

    ' This control provides a Windows Forms view technology view object that 
    ' provides a display for the SampleRootDesigner.
    <DesignerAttribute(GetType(ParentControlDesigner), GetType(IDesigner))> _
    Friend Class RootDesignerView
        Inherits Control
        ' This field stores a reference to a designer.
        Private m_designer As IDesigner

        Public Sub New(ByVal designer As IDesigner)
            ' Performs basic control initialization.
            m_designer = designer
            BackColor = Color.Blue
            Font = New Font(Font.FontFamily.Name, 24.0F)
        End Sub

        ' This method is called to draw the view for the SampleRootDesigner.
        Protected Overrides Sub OnPaint(ByVal pe As PaintEventArgs)
            ' Draws the name of the component in large letters.
            pe.Graphics.DrawString(m_designer.Component.Site.Name, Font, Brushes.Yellow, New RectangleF(ClientRectangle.X, ClientRectangle.Y, ClientRectangle.Width, ClientRectangle.Height))
        End Sub
    End Class
End Class

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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