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Windows Forms Tab, Toolbox

Displays a list of Windows Forms controls and dialog boxes that can be used with Windows applications. The controls and components on the Windows Forms Tab are ordered by estimated frequency of usage. To set the order to be alphabetical, right-click the Toolbox tab and choose Sort Items Alphabetically.


The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

To make use of certain control capabilities, you may need to work with the controls in an atypical fashion. For example, to assemble multiple RadioButton and CheckBox controls on a form so that they behave as a group, you must first add a GroupBox control to your form and then add the desired controls to the GroupBox. Additionally, components that do not have a user interface (such as the Timer or ImageList components) will appear in the tray at the bottom of the Windows Forms Designer, rather than on the surface of the form itself, when added to the form. For more information about working with these components, see How to: Add Controls Without a User Interface to Windows Forms. The Components and Data tabs of the Toolbox also contain controls and components that can be used with Windows Forms.