DropDown and List Control for WinForms Overview
Both the DropDownList Control and List Control are designed for developers to enrich the UI design for their WinForms applications. With the DropDown and List control, developers can build amazing user interface for the drop down and list on the forms for their .NET Windows Forms projects. The DropDownList Control and List Control contain plenty of items and support auto complete, sorting, and filtering etc. It is also compatible with multi-line text in HTML style text formatting, checkboxes, and rich visualizations.
Overview of DropDown and List Control
The DropDown and List Control are the alternative of the standard of combobox in Microsoft Visual Studio, but provide richer UI design than the combobox control. This Control includes a Text Box control to edit and a drop down list control to look up and select data. When we set the Value of Text Box as free form, it can accept data input freely. Furthermore, this value will trigger the AutoComplete mode and allows users choose an entry from the drop down list. Though the Drop down List control and the List control are separate physically, they use the same structure and properties.
Data Binding using Drop Down List Control
The DropDown and List Control for Windows Forms provide flexible data binding for developers. It is easy to bind the control to any data source object, like generic lists, arrays, and BindingSource, which implements IList, IListSource as well as IBindingList. While using the DropDown and List Control, developers can connect to any items in a second without losing any features.
AutoComplete Modes of Drop Down List Control
The Drop Down List control for Windows Forms provides a support of automatic complete mode. This mode is used to determine if input data in free forms or select from the dropdown list. When users set the Value of the AutoComplete Mode as On, the text box section of the WinForms DropDown control will be editable and users can enter free form data as necessary.
Sorting Lists using Drop Down List Control
The Drop Down List control for Windows Forms is capable of sorting automatically. This feature is achieved by configure the property, Sort. There are two values of the property, Ascending or Descending. Users of the Windows Forms application can sort or restore the initial order by setting the value. This sorting feature is case sensitive and the upper case letters go before the lower case letters.
Filtering Support using Drop Down List Control
The Drop Down List control for Windows Forms provides a support of filtering for users. This feature will help the users of the Windows Forms application filter data though a specific filter pattern. With the filtering support, users can easily find the items looking for by filtering the combobox. It is able to customize the controls to filter items beginning with customized text or the ones containing the customized text.
Keyboard Support by Drop Down List Control
The Drop Down List control for Windows Forms provides the keyboard support. It is compatible with the standard navigation and when the control gets into focus, users of the application can select the items by using the arrow keys.
Rich Appearance of Drop Down List Control
The Windows Forms Drop Down List control contain rich themes for .NET WinForms developers to create slick user interfaces that have the same appearance of Windows Vista, Office 2007, Outlook, and more. It is easy to switch the themes by changing a single property. With this feature, developers need not to redo the theme from scratch and could apply the updated color scheme to all WinForms controls. This Drop Down List control also supports various animation styles for amazing user interfaces. Users can choose the animation style from the predefined drop down list or customize them as specific needs.
RTL Languages and Localization Support
The WinForms Drop Down List Control provides the support of localization and right to left languages, such as Arabic, Persian, Urdu. The Drop Down List Control for WinForms is included in the controls that support the localization and right to left languages.
Visual Studio .NET Design Time Support
The WinForms Drop Down List control offer rich design-time support functionality which makes it easy to customizing and configuring the created drop down list. With the drop down list control for Windows Forms, users can easily manage shortcuts and images, apply themes in design time and easily switch between them. The Windows Forms drop down list controls are also compatible with Visual Style Builder, Element Hierarchy Editor, and Shape Editor and can fully control the User Interface design in Windows Forms development.