How to inherit the designing part in c# windows forms application? - c#

I am making a Windows Forms Application where I have made a template Form where I have added a left menu panel.
Now I am inheriting it in new forms. After creating all the new forms. If I add some new controls in the parent form, the changes reflect in all the new child forms. But if I change the designing, for example, the color of a button in the parent form. These changes don't reflect in the subforms. What to do now?


winforms - loading different forms in one Main form

So I have a Desktop application which works with a lot of different forms which an user may need. I have a main form with navigation to the different forms but now every new form is loaded in a new window. What is the best approach to implement a functionality that will show only the main form which is in fact just a toolStrip with several menus and use the other space to load the other forms?
Sounds like you want an MDI implementation.
You have to set the mainform.IsMdiContainer = true
And the childForm.MdiParent = mainform

How to create tabbed windows using .NET? [closed]

Tabbed windows allow users to drag drop the tab items to rearrange their orders or move them out of the tab bar to turn them to stand-alone windows. They are currently so common. Many apps I'm using have them (e.g. IE, Firefox, Chrome, VS, Android Studio and so on)
I'm looking for a .NET framework or a control library that helps create tabbed windows. I've tried some searches on stackoverflow and Google but there are very few topics about it. One of them bring me to this
Is there nothing from .NET API that can help me with this problem, so I have to create it from the scratch or use a third-party library?
Guys, please give me some suggestions or share me your experience. I can use .NET WinForm or WPF, but if it is an other framework I'll be ready to adopt it.
In windows application, you can make two types of applications
Multi-form applications
Single-form applications
In the multi form application, you have one main form containing child forms and you can display them as docked tabs using tabstrip control.
// to add a form in the MdiParent form
var form = new ChildForm();
form.MdiParent = this;
In the single form application, the forms are created but not attached to the main form
// to add a form in single form application
var form = new AnotherForm();
form.Show(); // form.ShowDialog() should not be used because it will be modal form
in order to achieve what you want, you need to handle drag and drop events for the tabstrip and mainform
if you dragged and dropped a form from outside the main form and dropped it inside, you can easily attach this form to the main form by making form.MdiParent = this; // this is the main form
and if you dragged the form from the tabstrip to outside the main form, you dettach the form from the main form
from.MdiParent = null;
hope this will help you

How to show multiple form pages in single windows form application?

I have got a requirement to design a windows forms application using Visual Studio 2010.
According to the design I have to develop the application which contains a menu bar. On selecting of the menus from the Menu bar relevant forms should open. Now as per my requirement these menu forms should be displayed in the same parent Windows Form. Means everything should be in the single form Application.Nothing should be out of that.
The problem that I'm facing is that I don't know how to proceed with this. This is the first time I'm working on Windows Form Application leaving Web.
You are looking for developing an MDI application. MSDN article to guide you -
You could build a grid area on your form using a combination of split containers (horizontal and vertical).
Then in separate panels design each of your menu forms, with each panel visibility set to false.
When choosing a menu you would need to assign a parent (split container panel) to the menu form and set it to visible.
Step 1
Create a form and give the name it to "mdiMain" and set the property IsMdiContainer to true.
Add a MenuStrip control from the ToolBar and add some menues.
Step 2
Create another form and give the name it to "frmChild"
Step 3
Write some code in menu click event to display frmChild form in MDI Parent.
Dim frm As New frmChild()
frm.MdiParent = Me
Now your application is ready. You can place your code and control in frmChild window form.
As an option in some cases you can use WebBrowser control and manipulate html code inside depending on the menu bar selection.

Customize MDI in c#

In my project i have to run multi-interfaces at a time. I used isMdicontainer property. But problem is whole area is converted to MDI. Can i set boundaries for it,like in Photoshop(below menu-bar there is toolbar,below toolbar Mdi is appearing).
And I like the tab structure in Photoshop used to switch images. How can i introduce that into my project for switching between forms. I am using VS 2010, Doing project in C#(Win forms), net framework 3.5
Thanks in advance.
You can use container controls like Panels and Dock them to the side — this will reduce the area of the MDI child area.
As far as tabs are concerned, that's a different beast than the MDI model. You can try Multi Document Interface (MDI) tab page browsing with C#
You can do a lot of things,
The following tasks are illustrated Here:
Creating the main menu for your form. The actual name of the menu
will vary.
Adding the ToolStripPanel control to the Toolbox.
Creating a child form.
Arranging ToolStripPanel controls by z-order.
The following steps should give you a start.
Add a MenuBar a ToolStrip and a TabControl to your main form.
Set their Dock property to DockStyle.Top.
Resize the TabControl so that the tabpages are hidden.
When you open a new MDI form add a tab and select it.

Opening a new WPF form from another WPF form

Firstly, I have a project with a Windows Form that references another project with WPF forms. The windows form has an elementhost which child is one of the WPF documents in the other project.
Now, on this WPF document I want to have a button that upon a click can open another wpf form. Either as a new standalone WPF form, as a modal or whatever.
I cannot, on the button click event, say
WPFform2 WPFform2=new WPFform2();<br>
... as many other threads on the net suggest, since the show method does not exist.
My solution does not allow some sort of call that changes the main Form´s elementhost, so that is not an option for me.
All my WPF forms derives from UserControl:
public partial class WPFform1: UserControl
The form must be derived from Window to have the Show() method.
Just create a new window that contains only the form you want to show and call Show on it. Or change the control's base class to Window (you will have to rewrite it both in XAML and in the code behind), nothing should really change, Window supports most of UserControl's features.