Visual Basic Power Packs also included with Visual Studio 2010

If you’re like me and used to having line & shape controls, PrintForm and a handy DataRepeater as part of your toolbox then you’ll be excited to know that these controls are also going to be installed with Visual Studio 2010.

On Friday, Yunfeng Dong mentioned on the VS Data team blog that the VB Power Packs 3.0 release was installed by default with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. In the comments of that post someone asks about VS2010 availability and it’s good to know that these controls will also be available in that release.

However you don’t need Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or Visual Studio 2010 to use these controls. If you have Visual Studio 2005 you can download the web release here. (Note that if you are using Express versions of Visual Studio, the controls will not automatically show up in your toolbox. Take a look at the readme on how you can add them.)