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  1. open source Windows Forms

    Windows Forms is still the mostly used desktop technology for Windows Desktop Apps world wide, and WPF is only very slowly catching up. Still today, even the most new Desktop Applications projects become Windows Forms Apps, and on Windows CE industry devices, Windows Forms is often without alternative. Open Sourcing Windows Forms would allow the community to extend Windows Forms with functionality like true Mvvm support or seemless High Dpi scaling to find an easier, albeit long-term migration path to newer UI technologies, and it would increase business apps count for Windows 10, which derive from a new WinForms Developing…

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      16 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.

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        3 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        73 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • WinForms Designer DPI Lock

          Provide an option to lock the WinForms Designer to work in a fixed DPI, such as 96 DPI. When opening a project in Visual Studio on different computers (with different resolutions and display scaling) the WinForms designer causes the forms to resize and otherwise behave badly. Sizes and positions are also inconsistent between different resolution/scale combinations. For example, a form of size 513x544 (on a 96 DPI 100% scale display) will show as 1040x1063 opened on a display that uses 200% scaling. I have found numerous posts around the Internet about this problem and the accepted solution is to always…

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            0 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.

            37 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.

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                2 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

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                  1 comment  ·  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…

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                    2 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Speed up Windows Forms Designer when using controls like labels over a form with Background image instead of Background colour

                    The Windows Forms designer is generally very responsive. However when designing a form that uses a background image, moving controls (especially those with transparent backcolour is extremely slow! Please fix this

                    24 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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?

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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Controls in Windows Form

                        Controls in Windows Form

                        Hi
                        With Defalut Themes in Windows we have a spacework with an ugly and horrible white color.
                        I sent feedback of this in W10 Insider Program to have a customise color.
                        I am not sure it will be done.
                        Some controls are this workspace dependency, such as MonthCalendar and it's not possible to change by code this sad color white.
                        May you update the controls which are dependant of the windows spacework.
                        Thank you in advance
                        Best regards from France.

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                          0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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…

                          8 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add ToBrush method in the Color class

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

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                              0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Re add windows forms application template for C++

                              It would be very helpful for our C++ developers to have Windows Forms templates build in on VS 2012 (and later versions). Creating business applications with WinForms is very fast and helpful, but I do not want to learn C# or VB from the beginning, and VS 2010 is quite old to work with it. Also Form toolbox should be just like C# Forms. Waiting for an answer from VS team/admins.

                              Thanks,

                              6 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  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

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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Develop a Dockable Window/Tabbed Document Framework for Windows Forms Projects

                                  Notwithstanding the fact you folks can't seem to figure out how to make an icon with color and depth any more, your dockable windows and tabbed documents used in the IDE are great. Please make that library available for developers. Or, develop a new framework...whatever. It's your call. I just know we want it.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Fix the bug in Windows Forms, that occurs when the user have a text underlined in RIchTextBox and try to supersript one of its letters.

                                    It is like this. Let's say I have a text "test" in my RTB. Then I underline the whole word, select "t" and set it's SelectionCharOffset to 15. The letter goes up above the baseline but so does the underlining! And I would like to keep it down, as it should be default behaviour in WinForms I guess. I am using Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 with .NET Framework 4.5. This matter really bothers me, please help me fix it.

                                    P.S. I've even changed the RTB from "RichEdit20W" to "RichEdit50W", but it didn't help in that case.

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                                    • Create a context menu "Find All References" when you select a control in the designer

                                      It would be useful to just have it there and not having to change to code view and then do it.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • support for design low resolution winform software with high resolution desktop like surface book

                                        i am a winform developer and i recently bought a surface book and when i open a form in design mode, it is very small and untidy and i can't do anything with that . please support for design low resolution winform software with high resolution desktop like surface book

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                                        • Add interfaces for all winforms controls

                                          Unit testing of view controllers is difficult because most WinForms controls don't have interfaces. You've got to manually wrap each control with a thin wrapper class that does expose an interface, but then that doesn't work well with the designer tools.

                                          A full IoC framework that worked well with the designer tools would be ideal.

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