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Form loses all controls and formatting in [Design] View, even though the designer code is fine.

Posted on 2008-06-12
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I made no changes to this form, nothing at all.  Yet all of a sudden, everything just "dissapears" and it looks like a completely new form.  I checked the form designer code and everything is fine, no errors are reported, my form just completely *insert bad word here* vanished!

Now, I have tried several things to fix this, and nothing has worked so far.  The oddities that I noticed was that.

A.)  When I try to edit code in the designer code, nothing stays, e.g. everytime the form is "viewed" in the Visual c# program, the changes I made in the designer code is completely un-done.

B.)  this.Performlayout();  is no longer at the bottom of the designer code.  As shown below is should look something like this, but I can not insert "this.PerformLayout();", I can but it doesnt save.

//
// frmName
//
*insert code here*
this.PerformLayout();

I am not really good with the form designer code, but I am assuming this must be essential because I see it in all the other forms form designer code.
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by:MuhammadAdil
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Visual Solutions some time behave abnormally.

Try to clean you solution.

Can you show your code. Or send me your source code I'll check that..

Regards,
Adil Fazal
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by:recruitit
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The designer code or the form code?

I cant supply you with the form code, plus that fact that it is enormous, over 2800 lines of code.

The only thing that should matter here is the designer code, which as I said before, the only thing that is missing is this.PerformLayout();  which it wont allow me to actually insert this back in forwhatever reason that it initially vanished in the first place.

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by:recruitit
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I must mention that I have 23 Windows Forms in my solution and this is the only one receiving the problem.
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by:recruitit
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Actually, I tell you what, the major problem here is that the designer code isnt saving my changes.  Is there anyway to fix that?
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by:MuhammadAdil
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One trick you can apply. Copy your form design and code file to other place. Then delete from solution. And then copied file to you solution again. Let me update.

Regards,
Adil Fazal
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Only that form's file that are creating problem...

Regards,
Adil Fazal
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by:recruitit
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Hmm, didnt work.  Cut the 3 files out for the form, deleted it from the project, then copied back, add existing item (selected the three form items), and it came back with the same problem.

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by:recruitit
ID: 21769079
Also, just extracted it and put it into a completely new project, with just its own three files, cs, resx, designer.cs.  Again same problem,  the Designer.cs will not keep any changes I make, they just disapear as soon as the form gets loaded into the visual
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by:recruitit
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I am almost 100% sure that because     this.PerformLayout();   is not present under the frmName in the designer code, that is whats causing the form to appear blank, what completely escapes me is that i can edit the designer code, any changes at all are reverted as soon as I look at the form in Design view.
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by:recruitit
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I just modified the file directly from windows explorer, and the changes where wiped.
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you can add these file at cs in constructor file after InitializeComponent Method ...
this.PerformLayout();

Regards,
Adil Fazal
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Well doh, that didnt solve it either.  Guess that isnt the problem.
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Ok. You should attach you code. EE facilitate to attach files.

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Adil Fazal
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by:recruitit
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Oh god, I just discovered whats happend, I have lost LOADS of code,  at the moment this is what my form designer code looks like for the frm itself...

this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 260);
            this.Name = "...";
            this.....ResumeLayout(false);
            this.....ResumeLayout(false);
            this.....ResumeLayout(false);
            this.....ResumeLayout(false);
            this.....PerformLayout();
            this......ResumeLayout(false);
            this......PerformLayout();
            this......ResumeLayout(false);
            this......ResumeLayout(false);
            this......PerformLayout();
            this......ResumeLayout(false);
            this......PerformLayout();
            this.ResumeLayout(false);

When there should be loads of this.Controls.Add(bla);

etc etc... ugh
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by:recruitit
ID: 21769689
Not only that but every single Event for each control has been completely severed.  All the codes there, I am just going to have to replace everything.

Thanks for the help.
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