First Steps

This article explains how to get the Telerik UI for WinForms controls in your project and start using them quickly. The process consists of the following steps:

Once you have your first simple control up and running, take a look at the next steps section to start exploring the control functionality in more detail.

Download the Controls

The easiest way to get the controls to your development machine is to use the Progress Control Panel or to download the automated MSI installer from your telerik.com account.

Figure 1: Download automated (.msi) installer

Download automated installer Telerik_UI_for_WinForms_<version>_Dev.msi

If you are not a customer, you can download a free, fully functional trial and the same options will apply to you as well.

The following article provides step-by-step instructions how to install Telerik UI for WinForms on your computer: Installing UI for WinForms

Create a new WinForms Telerik Project

If you do not have a project, run the Create Project Wizard

Figure 2: Go to Telerik > UI for WinForms > Create new Telerik project

Run Create Project Wizard

This will also automatically add 3 of the most common Telerik dll references - Telerik.WinControls, Telerik.WinControls.UI and Telerik.Common.

Add Telerik Control to a Form

The final step is to add a Telerik control to your application. As an example we will use a RadGridView control with auto generated coumns.

We will add the RadGridView control from the Toolbox. To do that simply search for RadGridView in the Toolbox and drag it to the surface of the form designer. If you do not see the Toolbox, go to View > Toolbox. Using this method will also automatically add any missing dlls to your project.

Figure 3: Add RadGridView from the Toolbox

Add RadGridView control from the toolbox

Binding to Lists of Objects

The example below defines a MyObject class containing one integer and two string properties. The next set of code snippets "Creating an List of Objects" creates an array of MyObjects, initializes the array and assigns the array to the DataSource. The MyObject class would typically be placed in its own separate class file and the List creation, initialization and assignment code might be placed at the bottom of the form's Load event handler.

public class MyObject
    {
        private int id;
        private string items;
        private string serial;

        public int ID
        {
            get { return id; }
            set { id = value; }
        }
        public string Items
        {
            get { return items; }
            set { items = value; }
        }
        public string Serial
        {
            get { return serial; }
            set { serial = value; }
        }
        public MyObject()
        {

        }
    }

Public Class MyObject
    Private id As Integer
    Private items As String
    Private serial As String

    Public Property ID As Integer
        Get
            Return id
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As Integer)
            id = value
        End Set
    End Property

    Public Property Items As String
        Get
            Return items
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As String)
            items = value
        End Set
    End Property

    Public Property Serial As String
        Get
            Return serial
        End Get
        Set(ByVal value As String)
            serial = value
        End Set
    End Property

    Public Sub New()
    End Sub
End Class

List<MyObject> myList = new List<MyObject>();
myList.Add(new MyObject() { ID = 1, Items = "Monitor", Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString() });
myList.Add(new MyObject() { ID = 2, Items = "Keyboard", Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString() });
myList.Add(new MyObject() { ID = 3, Items = "Mouse", Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString() });
myList.Add(new MyObject() { ID = 4, Items = "System Unit", Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString() });
radGridView1.DataSource = myList;
radGridView1.AutoSizeColumnsMode = GridViewAutoSizeColumnsMode.Fill;

Dim myList As List(Of MyObject) = New List(Of MyObject)()
myList.Add(New MyObject() With {
        .ID = 1,
        .Items = "Monitor",
        .Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString()
})
myList.Add(New MyObject() With {
        .ID = 2,
        .Items = "Keyboard",
        .Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString()
})
myList.Add(New MyObject() With {
        .ID = 3,
        .Items = "Mouse",
        .Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString()
})
myList.Add(New MyObject() With {
        .ID = 4,
        .Items = "System Unit",
        .Serial = Guid.NewGuid().ToString()
})
radGridView1.DataSource = myList
radGridView1.AutoSizeColumnsMode = GridViewAutoSizeColumnsMode.Fill

For this example we also need to ensure we have reference for System; System.Collections.Generic and Telerik.WinControls.UI dlls in the RadForm1.Designer.cs.

Figure 4: Final result should look like this:

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Next Steps

Now that you have the Telerik UI for WinForms controls running in your project, you may want to explore their features, customize their behavior or change their appearance. Below you can find guidance on getting started with such tasks:

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