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How to make your own Custom UI Type Editor for Windows Forms Designer

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This article describes an All-In-One Code Framework sample that is available for download. This code sample demonstrates how to create your own Custom UI Type Editor in Windows Forms Designer for a special property of your class.

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Technical overview

This sample creates your own TypeEditor that inherits from UITypeEditor for the property.  

  1. Open the solution and build all projects.
  2. Drag UC_CustomEditor from Visual Studio toolbox onto the test form (MainForm Form1).
  3. In the Visual Studio property window of UC_CustomEditor, locate a property that is named “Cls”.
  4. Click the button of Cls property, the custom UI type editor form pops up. 
  5. Click the OK button, the value will be written to the Cls property. 

Note For more information about how to create the sample application and how to deploy the sample application, see the Readme.txt file that is included in the download package.

Technology category

  • Windows Forms Control Designer


This code sample contains the following programming languages:

LanguageProject Name
Visual C#CSWinFormDesignerCustomEditor
Visual Basic.NETVBWinFormDesignerCustomEditor


  • This sample application was created by using Visual Studio 2008 with Service Pack 1 installed.


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Article ID: 2127711 - Last Review: 12/12/2015 08:48:40 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

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