Hidden feature of the day – AutoToolboxPopulate

For some reason on all 6 machines where I do development (<GeekMoment>Home machine, laptop and 4 dev machines at work</GeekMoment>) this option is turned off. Not a big deal of course since there are workarounds, but for my side projects (where I actually do UI work) this is actually pretty annoying.


This option will make sure all public components and User Controls will magically appear on your toolbox. Very very useful. Wish I knew about it before…


It is located in Tools/Options/WinForms designer (bottom option in the list) /AutoToolboxPopulate (bottom option in the grid)


Comments (1)

  1. pbnec says:

    I have spent FOUR hours for finding this TRICKY options!!!!! THANKS MICROSOFT!!!