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  1. Generic UserControls and Forms

    Please add Designer Support for Generic Forms or UserControls.

    Example:
    public class GenericUC<T> : UserControl
    or
    public class GenericUC<T> : UserControl<T>

    public class GenericUC : UserControl<string>

    The Designer always crashes and can't handle it.
    So i have to create a Wrapper Class to inherit from a generic Class.

    76 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow direct printing (without printer dialog) in Microsoft Report Viewer 2010 (WinForms)

      The Microsoft ReportViewer control only has a "PrintDialog()" method. Calling this method opens the "Print" dialog where users can choose from a list of printers and then press ok to print a report. - If several reports have to be printed, this forces the user to confirm the printer choice for each report. - It would be great if Microsoft would add a method (something like "PrintImmediately()") that DIRECTLY prints the current report to the default printer, without any further user prompt.

      72 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve KeyDown, KeyPress events args

        Add to KeyDown, KeyPress events args new property which will contain character that was pressed considering that keyboard layout is non english.

        Current situation: I need to use WinApi to get proper character that was pressed on keydown/keypress events.

        34 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Fix visual inheritance

          It would be great if visual inheritance was fixed for the TableLayoutPanel and FlowLayoutPanel controls.

          27 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Have Color.FromName return Color.FromARGB(255,0,0,0) where the string that is passed to it is not recognised.

            Have Color.FromName return Color.FromARGB(255,0,0,0) where the string that is passed to it is not recognised.

            This would support Forms and controls which only support solid colors.

            19 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create Full Migration tool to go from WinForms to WPF

              WPF should be a superset of WinForms. If not, small enhancements could be made to make this so. This would allow to convert all code from WinForms to WPF with 100% fidelity. This was the huge mistake Microsoft made when they moved to VB.Net from VB6 because they let a 3rd party design the migration, who happened to sell migration services. If they did this right, MS could lower their costs because they would only need to support WPF. This should be a no brainer to help all of the Enterprise developers which are a huge source of the MSDN…

              16 votes
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              • Limit maximum size of textboxes and other text controls when it assigns a databinding

                Ao atribuir um databinding a um controlo de texto, a propriedade MaxLenght pode ser definida conforme o tamanho do campo na base de dados automaticamente

                15 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add multiselection treeview

                  A Treeview for Windows Forms and WPF with a handling like the Windows Explorer, there have a multiseletion possibility of the treenodes.

                  11 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include the ability to hide controls at design time

                    Include the ability to hide controls at design time, just the way you can hide controls by clicking on the 'eye' icon next to the name of the control that you want to hide in the Objects and Timeline Panel in Expression Blend 4.

                    With this feature made available in Visual Studio, designing, coding and debugging becomes a lot of easier and more fun, especially when you are dealing with overlapping controls, and suddenly want to interact or change something on a control that is hidden behind another control due to the Z Order.

                    Thanks,
                    Clifford

                    9 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Keep Property Window contents visible when switching from WinForm designer to WinForm code

                      When switching from a WinForm's designer to THAT SAME WinForm's code view, I'd expect the Properties window to not lose its view (get cleared), but keep on showing the object I have select in the WinForm designer (if I go back to the WinForm designer tab it shows the Properties again).

                      That way I'll be able to edit multiple Properties/Events of the object I've selected without going back and forth between the WinForm designer and the WinForm code tabs lots of times which becomes a distraction

                      7 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Spell Check for Labels and Strings

                        It would be great if we could have a spell check feature for all labels on a form. In addition options to check spelling inside all strings such as parameters for message boxes etc.

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                          2 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Create Interface System.Windows.Forms.Control and System.Windows.FormsForm

                          When using an interface to extend either a form or a control, you frequently have to cast back to the base type in order to perfom general operations. If there was an interface for these, you could have your custom interface inherit from that.

                          5 votes
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                          • Add a new member function to System.Drawing.Icon to extract icon from file just by providing file extension

                            Currently, System.Drawing.Icon provides a member function to extract the associated handler's file icon providing a vaild file path.

                            This function only works with local files. It isn't able to provide icons given UNC paths or any other repository.

                            This isn't versatile enough.

                            Thus, I'd like to suggest do add a second member function to Icon (or to extend the functionality of the first implementation) to provide an icon just by providing a file name extension (e.g. ".txt").

                            If the original ExtractAssociatedIcon method would be extended for this functionality, no existing code would break. It's easy to disambiguate by the leading…

                            5 votes
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                            • Set Windows Forms as start form

                              It would be nice when it's possible to right click a Windows Forms file in the Solution Explorer and set this as the start Form. This is also possible in an ASP.NET project but not for a WinForms project

                              5 votes
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                              • array of controls in WinForms

                                posibillity to make array of controls

                                4 votes
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                                • Shell Controls

                                  Enable use of BrowserTreeListView/BrowserListView/BrowserComboBox

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                                  • Open source winforms tooling

                                    Winforms is said to be deprecated (26Jan 2012 on this forum). Considering it is still a recommended option in the recent ".NET Technology Guide for Business Applications", can the tooling be open sourced and give the community a chance to move it forward?

                                    3 votes
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                                      • Add ToBrush method in the Color class

                                        "Color.Black.ToBrush" as an alternative to "New SolidBrush(Color.Black)"

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Show desktop icon

                                          Hello Programmer,

                                          I would like to see the show desktop icon working by screen and not for the entire screens connect.

                                          We always need to click on each windows to reopen on different screen. That is a great feature to see it on the corner but will be lot better to have on all screens.

                                          Thanks hope to see it on next version.

                                          3 votes
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