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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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      17 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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        1 comment  ·  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.

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          0 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

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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 →
              • Include usercontrol events ReadProperties/WriteProperties that exists in VB6.

                Or create a usercontrol event 'BeforeSave'.

                Objective is to execute code before saving properties at design time, but it doesnt exists 'event' fired when usercontrol properties are saved.

                VB6 read/write properties
                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bxcy33ba(v=vs.90).aspx

                VB6 life and times of UserControl
                https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa242140(v=vs.60).aspx

                Thanks

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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Quick Properties on WinForm or WebForm GUI designer

                  Quick Properties on WinForm or WebForm GUI designer.

                  Many times we end up creating a sample UI apps with WinForm or WebForm in Visual Studio, for POC, quick demo, test harnesses and even for few real time projects and usually will simply drag & drop the various UI controls from Toolbox.

                  While doing this, in order to change some basic and frequently used properties, we still have to open the properties by either right clicking the control or using F4, and then locate the property. Which is anyways easy, however, an idea came to my mind that what if we…

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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 →
                    • HTML/JavaScript/CSS WebForms

                      I would propose an idea for the next generation of Microsoft Visual Studio. It will be exciting if the new visual studio support the web forms that are built upon HTML, JavaScript and CSS to make look exactly what Windows Forms or ASP.NET Web Forms provides. This way the tool will be used to build JavaScript web forms and components.

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                      • 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,

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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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                          • Make SplitContainer and splitterpanel beter visible during design mode

                            Sometimes when wiorking with multiple nested SplitContainers its hard to see the right border. It would be easier if, when they have the focus (during design mode), they would be a different color.

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                              • 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.

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                                • File Dialog

                                  It's impossible to position at a precised point the OpenFileDialog and SaveFileDialog of WinForm Control on the desktop. The (X,Y) position property doesn't existent and it's cannot be computed clearly.
                                  Example:
                                  openFileDialog1.Left=...
                                  openFileDialog1.Top=...
                                  or to be centered on screen or on the parent(application)

                                  Please, make them localisable !

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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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                                      • Windows Forms designer snap when dragging form edge

                                        The form edge does not snap when resizing form. This makes it hard to make all of the margins equal.

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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.

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