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WebCombo provides SmartTag Designer that extends Visual Studio's designer architecture. The SmartTag Designer is useful to help developers easily getting started with the new WebCombo control.

The SmartTag Designer consists of 4 main groups as shown in the following:

  1. Data Source group
    With DataSource control support in version 4, WebCombo also integrates the DataSource control support in design-time. This enables developer to easily connect to DataSource control inside the design-time environment without has to switch to HTML view.

    The Data Source designer in SmartTag Panel allows you to bind the WebCombo to a DataSource in very minimal efforts and without any coding. To learn how to getting started with WebCombo in version 4.0, read Walkthrough: Getting started with WebCombo version 4.0 using SmartTag Designer.

  2. Styles group
    This group contains quick access to the predefined styles available in the WebCombo. When a new instance of WebCombo is created in designer surface, it will automatically use Default Style.

    With "Apply Predefined Style" feature, you can now easily apply a predefined style by clicking on the dropdown and choose a predefined style to apply. This time-saving feature avoids unnecessary designer dialogbox and complicated steps.

  3. Behaviors group
    This group contains quick access to most common used features such as allow auto postback, textbox mode and so on. This allows you to configure the new WebCombo instance in a snap, without even has to bring up Property Window.
  4. Commands group
    Although the SmartTag Designer provides a quick way for you to getting started, it is designed only for most common scenarios.

    If you wanted to configure more advanced settings or enable advanced features, it is recommended for you to use the all-new WebCombo Designer. The Designer has been improved to have more intuitive and user-friendly interface enabling you to quickly discover and understand the advanced features.

    To launch WebCombo Designer, click on the WebCombo Designer command. To learn more about WebCombo Designer, read Guided design-time configuration.