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Dynamic Control Creation Sample
This sample demonstrates how to add controls to a form in a Windows application at run time.
This sample code is provided to illustrate a concept and should not be used in applications or Web sites, as it may not illustrate the safest coding practices. Microsoft assumes no liability for incidental or consequential damages should the sample code be used for purposes other than as intended.
To open the sample file in Solution Explorer
Click Download Sample.
The File Download message box appears.
Click Open, and on the left column of the zip folder window, click Extract all files.
The Extraction Wizard opens.
Click Next. You can change the directory that the files will be extracted to, and then click Next again.
Make sure that the Show extracted files check box is selected, and click Finish.
Double-click the sample's .sln file.
The sample solution is displayed in Solution Explorer. You might get a security warning that says the solution location is not trusted. Click OK to continue.
To run this sample
Several options for adding controls to forms are demonstrated. Controls are added to the main form by declaring a new instance of a control and adding the reference to the form'scollection. A more a complicated scenario demonstrates creating an instance of a new form and adding controls to the new form. The controls to be created are specified in an XML file.