Control Explorer

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The Control Explorer feature allows you:

  • To explore the hierarchy of controls on the active form or usercontrol.
  • To display in a property grid only the most used properties for each control. You can customize this grid to define the most used properties by you.
  • To perform some actions on selected controls (the Control Explorer allows multiselection) like View Code, Bring to Front, Send to Back, Cut, Copy, Copy with Code, Paste, Paste with Code, Delete and Apply Default Properties.

MZ-Tools offers the following ways to show the Control Explorer window:

  • The MZ-Tools | Control Explorer menu.
  • The Control Explorer button on the MZ-Tools - Main toolbar.
  • In Visual Studio, the keyboard shortcut associated with the MZTools8.ControlExplorer command.
  • In VB6 / VB5 / VBA, the keyboard shortcut associated with the Control Explorer feature.

The Control Explorer window is the following:



  • You can navigate the items of this window using the Previous Item / Next Item buttons on its toolbar or even if the toolwindow is not visible using the Previous Item in Last Window and Next Item in Last Window buttons on the MZ-Tools - Main toolbar, which can be associated to keyboard shortcuts. For Visual Studio, you have also the MZTools8.PreviousItem and MZTools8.NextItem commands.
  • In Visual Studio, this feature only works with Windows Forms forms, not with WPF, Web, Silverlight or Smart Device forms.
  • In VBA, this feature doesn't work with Access, since it only works with VBA UserForms (menu Insert > UserForm), not with Access forms, and Access lacks VBA UserForms.

See Also:

Control Explorer Options

Copy / Paste Control(s) with Code

Apply Default Properties

Keyboard Shortcuts Options