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DesignerSerializationVisibility -- what is it exactly?

Posted on 2008-06-25
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There seems to be very little information
DesignerSerializationVisibility can be:

1) Hidden - The code generator does not produce code for the object.
2) Visible - The code generator produces code for the object.
3) Content - The code generator produces code for the contents of the object, rather than for the object itself.

Please explain to me what the above 3 points mean exactly, and how they will affect the 2 properties below in the code snippet.

Thank you very much for helping a newbie.
[Browsable(true), DesignerSerializationVisibility(DesignerSerializationVisibility.Hidden)]
        public new Size Size
        {
            get { return base.Size; }
            set { base.Size = value; }
        }
 
        public Color CellColor
        {
            get { return _cellColor; }
            set
            {
                _cellColor = value;
                this.Invalidate();
            }
        }

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If you look at the .designer code, where the control is used, you can see the effect of chaning the designer serialization process.  Normally, control properties are stored in the .designer code.

Example:

            //
            // ReportViewer
            //
            this.ReportViewer.ActiveViewIndex = -1;
            this.ReportViewer.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.FixedSingle;
            this.ReportViewer.DisplayGroupTree = false;
            this.ReportViewer.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill;
            this.ReportViewer.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
            this.ReportViewer.Margin = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(3, 4, 3, 4);
            this.ReportViewer.Name = "ReportViewer";
            this.ReportViewer.SelectionFormula = "";
            this.ReportViewer.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(617, 738);
            this.ReportViewer.TabIndex = 0;
            this.ReportViewer.ViewTimeSelectionFormula = "";

If you want a property that doesn't get stored in the .designer file, then you can change the DesignerSerializationVisibility attribute value.
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by:yaronusa
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Thanks for confirming that... I DID think the designer code should change and it didn't seem to, but I'll play with it and get it to change I'm sure.
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