Using Controls from the Toolbox

There are two ways to use custom controls that you’ve written. One is to add a Reference to the Solution Explorer, and the other is to add custom controls to the Toolbox.

Add a Control Reference

I’ll use a custom control first by adding a Reference in the Solution Explorer, as shown in Figure 13.1. Start by right-clicking on the References item in the Solution Explorer and choosing Add Reference. Then, I’ll add the appropriate using/import statement (depending on whether you are using C# or VB) to the source code and declare and use the controls as shown in Listing 13.2.

Figure 13.1. You can add a Reference to the Solution Explorer to enable you to easily use a custom class.

Listing 13.2 shows code that is ...

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