Adding Vista Controls to a Visual Studio 2008 project
Add the library reference
In order to start using the library, you simply must download the latest binary release, copy the files in a folder of your choice and then add a reference to it in the
panel of Visual Studio 2008:
The library will be listed as VistaControls
in your project's references:
Remember that all classes are included in the VistaControls
Adding the controls to the WinForms designer toolbox
You may also add the Windows Vista Controls to a custom toolbox and use them in the WinForms designer of Visual Studio. To do so, right click on the toolbox, select "Add Tab" and assign a significant name to new tab (for instance "Vista Controls").
Then right click on the tab and select "Choose Items...". This will display a dialog that allows you to select which controls should be added to the tab: browse to the Windows Vista Controls DLL, open it and click OK.
Now you can simply drag & drop the controls to the WinForm designer and start using them. Some functionalities of the library are not available as drag & drop controls and must be called from your code.