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Mini Tips

Expandable property:
targetting an instance but some of its properties look like they have no child values? The solution relies on the decoration of your properties by a specific attribute.


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Hide some members of an enumeration:
yes this is feasible with .Net 2.0. You just need to use the BrowsableAttribute class on the fields you want to hide.


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Localize the description:
It takes deriving the DescriptionAttribute class and supply your own DescriptionValue property. This is explained by Microsoft in MSDN.


Turn a string into a password:
Just apply a PasswordPropertyText attribute to your string property and voila!

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Programmatically resizing a column in a propertyGrid

This is a trick that I discovered myself while wanting to help a fellow programmer in the newsgroups. This trick is the only that I know that enables to resize the label and value columns. It is practical at initialization time depending on the content (text lengths) you have. Read more...

Custom error dialog

You know that when entering a value that is not compatible with the type of the property, the PropertyGrid fires a not very user friendly popup. Someone in the MSDN forums posted a hack that enables you to use your own dialog. Read more...

Delving into the depths of WinForms Controls

The first post of this new blog is another hack to set the width of the property label and value columns. The author promessed to add other resources concerning the PropertyGrid. Read more...