Chapter 9. Using Windows Forms Controls

A control is a programming object that has a graphical component. A control sits on a form and interacts with the user, providing information and possibly allowing the user to manipulate it. Text boxes, labels, buttons, scroll bars, drop-down lists, menu items, toolstrips, and just about everything else that you can see and interact with in a Windows application is a control.

A component is similar to a control, except it is not visible at runtime. When you add a component to a form at design time, it appears in the component tray below the bottom of the form. You can select the component and use the Properties window to view and change its properties. At runtime, the component is invisible to the user, although it may display a visible object such as a menu, dialog box, or status icon.

This chapter explains controls and components in general terms. It describes different kinds of controls and components. It explains how your program can use them at design time and runtime to give the user information and to allow the user to control your application. It also explains in general terms how a control's properties, methods, and events work, and it lists some of the most useful properties, methods, and events provided by the Control class. Other controls that are derived from this class inherit the use of those properties, methods, and events unless they are explicitly overridden.

Appendix G, "Windows Forms Controls and Components," describes some ...

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