Why is the DataGridView.AutoGenerateColumns hidden?

Martin Kimzey 5 Reputation points

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This does not answer the question at all. I have not found any answers to this.

Why is the DataGridView.AutoGenerateColumns property absent from intellisense and the Property Editor?

  • Is there a criteria that AutoGenrerateColumns satisfies that makes it necessary to hide the property?
  • If so, what are the criteria?
  • Are there problems associated with DataGridView.AutoGenerateColumns?
  • Are any updates planned to WinForms controls?

I am using Visual Studio 2017 and Community 2022.

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