PrimalForms 2011: Getting Form Control Help

Frequently users wonder how they can get help for form controls and discover all the properties, methods and events they can use. In this article we will cover a number of ways to access information about Form controls.

Spotlight on Control Articles:

You can find help of the Form controls right here on our blog. The Spotlight on Controls series covers individual Form Control and list the important properties and methods as well as code samples written in PowerShell.

MSDN Library:

The primary resource for .NET help is the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Library. The MSDN is an invaluable resource for accessing help on any .NET object, including the form controls. We highly recommend using the MSDN to access help on the form controls, when  the control isn’t covered in a Spotlight on Control article.

MSDN Library

The MSDN contains help information on all the object type methods, properties, and events.

Note: MSDN articles contain samples written in C#, VB, and C++. We recommend referring to the C# samples, because its syntax is similar to PowerShell’s.


.NET Object Browser:

A useful tool for discovering more about form controls is the .NET Object Browser in PrimalForms 2011. The browser  allows you to view .NET classes including their properties and methods.

Use the .NET Browser to search for particular a Type:

Object Browser Search

Another important feature of the browser is that it allows you to link directly to the MSDN.

Object Browser


Accessing Help via PrimalForms 2011:

Now let’s cover other ways to access control help within the PrimalForms 2011 application.

1. Accessing Help in the Designer:

Using the context menu in the designer you can quickly via the control type in the object browser, MSDN and the control’s spotlight article (if it exists).


2. Accessing Help in the ToolBox Pane:

Right click on any toolbox item to display the help context menu.

Toolbox ContextMenu

3. Accessing Help in the Property Pane:

Right click on the control combo box in the Property Pane to display the context menu.

Property Pane

4. Accessing Help in the Object Browser:

Right click on any node in the Object Browser to get help for any Type, Method, or Property.

Object Browser


Script Editor Help:

5. Accessing Help using the PrimalSense:

When scripting and the PrimalSense code completion displays information on the variables and object members. You can quickly access the Object Browser or MSDN by clicking on the Help Links and the floating window.

PrimalSense Help


6. Accessing Help using the Context Help:

If you place the caret on an object in the editor you can use the context help (F1) to select the object‘s type in the Object Browser or display to Cmdlet help.

Context Help


As you can see, whenever you need control help, there are various locations where you can quickly access help for the form controls.