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How to add Dundas to the toolbox in VS.NET


Q. How can I add the Dundas Control to the Visual Studio toolbox?

A. Occasionally, our Chart, Gauge, Map or Calendar controls will not be listed in the Visual Studio Toolbox. To resolve this issue, please use the following process:

First, make sure that you have installed the correct version of the control. To check, click Start, Programs, Dundas Software. If you see “VS2005” or “VS2008” in the name, e.g. "Dundas Chart for ASP.NET - Enterprise Eval (VS2008)", then the control is for that version of Visual Studio. The VS2008 and VS2005 versions are NOT compatible. If the version is omitted, you have a Visual Studio 2002/2003 version.

Second, try rebooting Visual Studio. If you installed a Dundas product with Visual Studio running, this may be fixed by restarting the IDE.

If the version of the Dundas control matches your Visual Studio version, and the toolbox is still not fixed after restarting Visual Studio, then you can add the control to the toolbox:

  1. Right click the toolbox and select “Choose Items...” or “Customize Toolbox” from the dropdown menu.
  2. In the “Choose Toolbox Items” dialog, select the “.NET Framework Components” tab.
  3. Click “Browse” and locate the DLL:
    • ASP.NET or Windows Forms:

      The DLL is located in the installation directory of the control, in the \bin folder. For example:

      C:\Program Files\Dundas Software\Charting\WebControlVS2005\bin\DundasWebChart.dll

    • Reporting Services:

      The designer DLL will be in Visual Studio’s PrivateAssemblies folder. For example:

      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies\DundasRSChartDesigner.dll (VS2005)

      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies\DundasRSChartDesigner.dll (VS2008)

      Note: You should reference the Designer DLL, e.g. DundasRSChartDesigner.dll, rather than the control’s DLL (DundasRSChart.dll).