IToolboxService Interface

 
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Provides methods and properties to manage and query the toolbox in the development environment.

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

[GuidAttribute("4BACD258-DE64-4048-BC4E-FEDBEF9ACB76")]
[InterfaceTypeAttribute(ComInterfaceType.InterfaceIsIUnknown)]
public interface IToolboxService

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubpropertyCategoryNames

Gets the names of all the tool categories currently on the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubpropertySelectedCategory

Gets or sets the name of the currently selected tool category from the toolbox.

NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethodAddCreator(ToolboxItemCreatorCallback, String)

Adds a new toolbox item creator for a specified data format.

System_CAPS_pubmethodAddCreator(ToolboxItemCreatorCallback, String, IDesignerHost)

Adds a new toolbox item creator for a specified data format and designer host.

System_CAPS_pubmethodAddLinkedToolboxItem(ToolboxItem, IDesignerHost)

Adds the specified project-linked toolbox item to the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodAddLinkedToolboxItem(ToolboxItem, String, IDesignerHost)

Adds the specified project-linked toolbox item to the toolbox in the specified category.

System_CAPS_pubmethodAddToolboxItem(ToolboxItem)

Adds the specified toolbox item to the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodAddToolboxItem(ToolboxItem, String)

Adds the specified toolbox item to the toolbox in the specified category.

System_CAPS_pubmethodDeserializeToolboxItem(Object)

Gets a toolbox item from the specified object that represents a toolbox item in serialized form.

System_CAPS_pubmethodDeserializeToolboxItem(Object, IDesignerHost)

Gets a toolbox item from the specified object that represents a toolbox item in serialized form, using the specified designer host.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetSelectedToolboxItem()

Gets the currently selected toolbox item.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetSelectedToolboxItem(IDesignerHost)

Gets the currently selected toolbox item if it is available to all designers, or if it supports the specified designer.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetToolboxItems()

Gets the entire collection of toolbox items from the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetToolboxItems(IDesignerHost)

Gets the collection of toolbox items that are associated with the specified designer host from the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetToolboxItems(String)

Gets a collection of toolbox items from the toolbox that match the specified category.

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetToolboxItems(String, IDesignerHost)

Gets the collection of toolbox items that are associated with the specified designer host and category from the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodIsSupported(Object, ICollection)

Gets a value indicating whether the specified object which represents a serialized toolbox item matches the specified attributes.

System_CAPS_pubmethodIsSupported(Object, IDesignerHost)

Gets a value indicating whether the specified object which represents a serialized toolbox item can be used by the specified designer host.

System_CAPS_pubmethodIsToolboxItem(Object)

Gets a value indicating whether the specified object is a serialized toolbox item.

System_CAPS_pubmethodIsToolboxItem(Object, IDesignerHost)

Gets a value indicating whether the specified object is a serialized toolbox item, using the specified designer host.

System_CAPS_pubmethodRefresh()

Refreshes the state of the toolbox items.

System_CAPS_pubmethodRemoveCreator(String)

Removes a previously added toolbox item creator of the specified data format.

System_CAPS_pubmethodRemoveCreator(String, IDesignerHost)

Removes a previously added toolbox creator that is associated with the specified data format and the specified designer host.

System_CAPS_pubmethodRemoveToolboxItem(ToolboxItem)

Removes the specified toolbox item from the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodRemoveToolboxItem(ToolboxItem, String)

Removes the specified toolbox item from the toolbox.

System_CAPS_pubmethodSelectedToolboxItemUsed()

Notifies the toolbox service that the selected tool has been used.

System_CAPS_pubmethodSerializeToolboxItem(ToolboxItem)

Gets a serializable object that represents the specified toolbox item.

System_CAPS_pubmethodSetCursor()

Sets the current application's cursor to a cursor that represents the currently selected tool.

System_CAPS_pubmethodSetSelectedToolboxItem(ToolboxItem)

Selects the specified toolbox item.

The IToolboxService interface provides properties and methods for adding and removing toolbox items and toolbox creator callback delegates, serializing and deserializing toolbox items, and retrieving toolbox state information and managing toolbox state.

You can retrieve information about the contents of the toolbox with the following methods:

You can add and remove toolbox items with the following methods:

You can refresh the toolbox, mark a toolbox item as used, or set the mouse cursor to a cursor that represents the current toolbox item using the following methods:

  • The Refresh method refreshes the toolbox display to reflect the current state of the toolbox items.

  • The SelectedToolboxItemUsed method signals the toolbox that the selected toolbox item has been used.

  • The SetCursor method sets the mouse cursor to a cursor that represents the current toolbox item.

You can use the toolbox to serialize or deserialize a toolbox item using the following methods:

The following code example demonstrates the use of the IToolboxService in design mode to list and select toolbox categories and items, and to create components or controls from toolbox items and add them to a Form. To use the example, compile the code to an assembly, and add a reference to the assembly in a Windows Forms application. If you are using Visual Studio, the IToolboxServiceControl is automatically added to the Toolbox. Create an instance of the IToolboxServiceControl on a form to test its behavior.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.Design;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Design;
using System.Data;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace IToolboxServiceExample
{	
    // Provides an example control that functions in design mode to 
    // demonstrate use of the IToolboxService to list and select toolbox 
    // categories and items, and to add components or controls 
    // to the parent form using code.
    [DesignerAttribute(typeof(WindowMessageDesigner), typeof(IDesigner))]
    [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSet(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, Name = "FullTrust")] 
    public class IToolboxServiceControl : System.Windows.Forms.UserControl
    {		
        private System.Windows.Forms.ListBox listBox1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ListBox listBox2;
        private IToolboxService toolboxService = null;
        private ToolboxItemCollection tools;
        private int controlSpacingMultiplier;

        public IToolboxServiceControl()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            listBox2.DoubleClick += new EventHandler(this.CreateComponent);
            controlSpacingMultiplier = 0;
        }

        // Obtain or reset IToolboxService reference on each siting of control.
        public override System.ComponentModel.ISite Site
        {
            get
            {
                return base.Site;
            }
            set
            {     
                base.Site = value;

                // If the component was sited, attempt to obtain 
                // an IToolboxService instance.
                if( base.Site != null )
                {
                    toolboxService = (IToolboxService)this.GetService(typeof(IToolboxService));
                    // If an IToolboxService was located, update the 
                    // category list.
                    if( toolboxService != null )
                        UpdateLists();                    
                }
                else
                    toolboxService = null;
            }
        }

        // Updates the list of categories and the list of items in the 
        // selected category.
        private void UpdateLists()
        {
            if( toolboxService != null )
            {
                this.listBox1.SelectedIndexChanged -= new System.EventHandler(this.UpdateSelectedCategory);
                this.listBox2.SelectedIndexChanged -= new System.EventHandler(this.UpdateSelectedItem);
                listBox1.Items.Clear();
                for( int i=0; i<toolboxService.CategoryNames.Count; i++ )
                {
                    listBox1.Items.Add( toolboxService.CategoryNames[i] );
                    if( toolboxService.CategoryNames[i] == toolboxService.SelectedCategory )
                    {
                        listBox1.SelectedIndex = i;                        
                        tools = toolboxService.GetToolboxItems( toolboxService.SelectedCategory );
                        listBox2.Items.Clear();
                        for( int j=0; j<tools.Count; j++ )
                            listBox2.Items.Add( tools[j].DisplayName );
                    }
                }
                this.listBox1.SelectedIndexChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.UpdateSelectedCategory);
                this.listBox2.SelectedIndexChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.UpdateSelectedItem);
            }
        }

        // Sets the selected category when a category is clicked in the 
        // category list.
        private void UpdateSelectedCategory(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        {
            if( toolboxService != null )
            {
                toolboxService.SelectedCategory = (string)listBox1.SelectedItem;
                UpdateLists();
            }
        }

        // Sets the selected item when an item is clicked in the item list.
        private void UpdateSelectedItem(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        {
            if( toolboxService != null )      
            {
                if( listBox1.SelectedIndex != -1 )
                {
                    if( (string)listBox1.SelectedItem == toolboxService.SelectedCategory )
                        toolboxService.SetSelectedToolboxItem(tools[listBox2.SelectedIndex]);  
                    else
                        UpdateLists();
                }
            }            
        }   

        // Creates a control from a double-clicked toolbox item and adds 
        // it to the parent form.
        private void CreateComponent(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Obtains an IDesignerHost service from design environment.
            IDesignerHost host = (IDesignerHost)this.GetService(typeof(IDesignerHost));

            // Get the project components container (Windows Forms control 
            // containment depends on controls collections).
            IContainer container = host.Container;

            // Identifies the parent Form.
            System.Windows.Forms.Form parentForm = this.FindForm();

            // Retrieves the parent Form's designer host.
            IDesignerHost parentHost = (IDesignerHost)parentForm.Site.GetService(typeof(IDesignerHost));

            // Create the components.
            IComponent[] comps = null;
            try
            {
                 comps = toolboxService.GetSelectedToolboxItem().CreateComponents(parentHost);
            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                // Catch and show any exceptions to prevent disabling 
                // the control's UI.
                MessageBox.Show(ex.ToString(), "Exception message");
            }
            if( comps == null )
                return;

            // Add any created controls to the parent form's controls 
            // collection. Note: components are added from the 
            // ToolboxItem.CreateComponents(IDesignerHost) method.
            for( int i=0; i<comps.Length; i++ )            
            {
                if( parentForm!= null && comps[i].GetType().IsSubclassOf(typeof(System.Windows.Forms.Control)) )
                {                    
                    ((System.Windows.Forms.Control)comps[i]).Location = new Point(20*controlSpacingMultiplier, 20*controlSpacingMultiplier);
                    if( controlSpacingMultiplier > 10 )
                        controlSpacingMultiplier = 0;
                    else
                        controlSpacingMultiplier++;
                    parentForm.Controls.Add( (System.Windows.Forms.Control)comps[i] );
                }
            }
        }

        // Displays labels.
        protected override void OnPaint(System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs e)
        {
            e.Graphics.DrawString("IToolboxService Control", new Font("Arial", 14), new SolidBrush(Color.Black), 6, 4);
            e.Graphics.DrawString("Category List", new Font("Arial", 8), new SolidBrush(Color.Black), 8, 26);
            e.Graphics.DrawString("Items in Category", new Font("Arial", 8), new SolidBrush(Color.Black), 208, 26);
            e.Graphics.DrawString("(Double-click item to add to parent form)", new Font("Arial", 7), new SolidBrush(Color.Black), 232, 12);
        }  

        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.listBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
            this.listBox2 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            this.listBox1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left);
            this.listBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 41);
            this.listBox1.Name = "listBox1";
            this.listBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(192, 368);
            this.listBox1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.listBox1.SelectedIndexChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.UpdateSelectedCategory);
            this.listBox2.Anchor = (((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right);
            this.listBox2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(208, 41);
            this.listBox2.Name = "listBox2";
            this.listBox2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(228, 368);
            this.listBox2.TabIndex = 3;
            this.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Beige;
            this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] {
                                                                          this.listBox2,
                                                                          this.listBox1});
            this.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(500, 400);
            this.Name = "IToolboxServiceControl";
            this.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(442, 422);
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
        }		
    }

    // This designer passes window messages to the controls at design time.    
    public class WindowMessageDesigner : System.Windows.Forms.Design.ControlDesigner
    {
        public WindowMessageDesigner()
        {
        }

        // Window procedure override passes events to control.
        [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSet(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, Name="FullTrust")] 
        protected override void WndProc(ref System.Windows.Forms.Message m)
        {   
            if( m.HWnd == this.Control.Handle )
                base.WndProc(ref m);            
            else            
                this.DefWndProc(ref m);            
        }        
    }
}

The following code example provides a component that uses the IToolboxService to add a "Text" data format handler, or ToolboxItemCreatorCallback, to the toolbox. The data creator callback delegate passes any text data pasted to the toolbox and dragged onto a form to a custom ToolboxItem that creates a TextBox containing the text.

using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.ComponentModel.Design;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Drawing.Design;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace TextDataTextBoxComponent
{
    // Component that adds a "Text" data format ToolboxItemCreatorCallback 
    // to the Toolbox. This component uses a custom ToolboxItem that 
    // creates a TextBox containing the text data.
    [PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name = "FullTrust")]
    public class TextDataTextBoxComponent : Component
    {
        private bool creatorAdded = false;
        private IToolboxService ts;

        public TextDataTextBoxComponent()
        {                     
        }

        // ISite override to register TextBox creator
        public override System.ComponentModel.ISite Site
        {
            get
            {
                return base.Site;
            }
            set
            {
                if( value != null )
                {                    
                    base.Site = value;

                    if (!creatorAdded)
                    {
                        AddTextTextBoxCreator();
                    }
                }
                else
                {
                    if (creatorAdded)
                    {
                        RemoveTextTextBoxCreator();
                    }

                    base.Site = value;             
                }
            }
        }

        // Adds a "Text" data format creator to the toolbox that creates 
        // a textbox from a text fragment pasted to the toolbox.
        private void AddTextTextBoxCreator()
        {
            ts = (IToolboxService)GetService(typeof(IToolboxService));

            if (ts != null) 
            {
                ToolboxItemCreatorCallback textCreator = 
                    new ToolboxItemCreatorCallback(this.CreateTextBoxForText);

                try
                {
                    ts.AddCreator(
                        textCreator, 
                        "Text", 
                        (IDesignerHost)GetService(typeof(IDesignerHost)));

                    creatorAdded = true;
                }
                catch(Exception ex)
                {
                    MessageBox.Show(
                        ex.ToString(), 
                        "Exception Information");
                }                
            }
        }

        // Removes any "Text" data format creator from the toolbox.
        private void RemoveTextTextBoxCreator()
        {
            if (ts != null)             
            {
                ts.RemoveCreator(
                    "Text", 
                    (IDesignerHost)GetService(typeof(IDesignerHost)));            

                creatorAdded = false;
            }
        }

        // ToolboxItemCreatorCallback delegate format method to create 
        // the toolbox item.
        private ToolboxItem CreateTextBoxForText(
            object serializedObject, 
            string format)
        {
            DataObject o = new DataObject((IDataObject)serializedObject);

            string[] formats = o.GetFormats();

            if (o.GetDataPresent("System.String", true))
            {
                string toolboxText = (string)(o.GetData("System.String", true));
                return (new TextToolboxItem(toolboxText));
            }

            return null;
        }

        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (creatorAdded)
            {
                RemoveTextTextBoxCreator();
            }
        }        
    }

    // Custom toolbox item creates a TextBox and sets its Text property
    // to the constructor-specified text.
    [PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name = "FullTrust")] 
    public class TextToolboxItem : ToolboxItem
    {
        private string text;
        private delegate void SetTextMethodHandler(Control c, string text);

        public TextToolboxItem(string text) : base()
        {
            this.text = text;
        }

        // ToolboxItem.CreateComponentsCore override to create the TextBox 
        // and link a method to set its Text property.
        [PermissionSet(SecurityAction.Demand, Name="FullTrust")] 
        protected override IComponent[] CreateComponentsCore(IDesignerHost host)
        {
            System.Windows.Forms.TextBox textbox = 
                (TextBox)host.CreateComponent(typeof(TextBox));

            // Because the designer resets the text of the textbox, use 
            // a SetTextMethodHandler to set the text to the value of 
            // the text data.
            Control c = host.RootComponent as Control;
            c.BeginInvoke(
                new SetTextMethodHandler(OnSetText), 
                new object[] {textbox, text});

            return new System.ComponentModel.IComponent[] { textbox };
        }        

        // Method to set the text property of a TextBox after it is initialized.
        private void OnSetText(Control c, string text) 
        {
            c.Text = text;
        }
    }
}

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