SharpDevelop has a forms designer that allows you to visually
design forms and user controls written in C#, VB.NET or Boo.
Opening the Forms Designer
To open the forms designer click the Design tab at the
bottom of the form's source code window.
Controls can be added to the form from the Toolbox
window. From the View menu select Tools.
This opens up the Toolbox window. The controls you can
add to the form exist in tabs inside the toolbox:
|Component||Displays a list of non-visual components that can be added
to your form (e.g. FileSystemWatcher, NotifyIcon and Timer).
These are added to the non-visual design area at the bottom of
the forms designer.|
|Custom Components||Displays a list of Windows Forms Controls that are in the
current project, any referenced project or any referenced
|Data||Displays a list of data objects that you can add to your
form (e.g. DataGridView, DataSet and OleDbConnection).|
|Windows Forms||Displays a list of the standard Windows Forms Controls
(e.g. Button, ListView, TreeView and Label).|
Click a tab to expand it and see what controls it contains. To
add a control to the form you can either drag it or draw it onto
the form. To drag, click the control with the left mouse button and
whilst holding down the left mouse button move the mouse to your
form, release the mouse button to drop the control onto your form.
To draw it onto your form, select the control in the toolbox window
by left clicking it with the mouse, no need to hold the button down
at this point, then click where you want the top left corner of the
control to be located on the form, then whilst holding down the
left mouse button drag to where the bottom right corner of the
control should be located. Once the control is placed on the form
you can visually resize it, change its location and modify its
properties. In the screenshot below a Button, TextBox
and Timer have been added to the form, with the Timer
shown in the non-visual component area of the forms designer.
A control has properties that can be set at design time,
changing how the control looks and reacts (e.g. text displayed on a
button, font used to display the text, and the background image on
a button). These properties are displayed in the Properties
window. From the View menu select Properties to open
the Properties window.
The properties are then displayed for the currently selected
control. You can view the properties of another control on the form
by selecting it in the designer or by selecting its name in the
drop down list at the top of the Properties window.
Each Windows Form control has events that you can catch and
respond to. To see the events a control exposes, select the control
in the designer and select the Events tab
To generate an event handler, select the event in the
Properties window, enter a name, or leave it blank to accept
the default name, and then double click the property or press the
enter key. The forms designer will then create an empty event
handler method and switch to the form's source code ready for
you to type in your code. The screenshot below shows the code
generated for the button's Click event.
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