How to: Create a simple-bound control on a Windows Form

With simple binding, you can display a single data element, such as a column value from a dataset table, in a control. You can simple-bind any property of a control to a data value.

To simple-bind a control

  1. Connect to a data source. For more information, see Connecting to a Data Source.

  2. In Visual Studio, select the control on the form and display the Properties window.

  3. Expand the (DataBindings) property.

    The properties most often bound are displayed underneath the (DataBindings) property. For example, in most controls, the Text property is most frequently bound.

  4. If the property you want to bind is not one of the commonly bound properties, click the Ellipsis button (The Ellipsis button (...) in the Properties window of Visual Studio.) in the (Advanced) box to display the Formatting and Advanced Binding dialog box with a complete list of properties for that control.

  5. Select the property you want to bind and click the drop-down arrow under Binding.

    A list of available data sources is displayed.

  6. Expand the data source you want to bind to until you find the single data element you want. For example, if you are binding to a column value in a dataset's table, expand the name of the dataset, and then expand the table name to display column names.

  7. Click the name of an element to bind to.

  8. If you were working in the Formatting and Advanced Binding dialog box, click OK to return to the Properties window.

  9. If you want to bind additional properties of the control, repeat steps 3 through 7.


    Because simple-bound controls show only a single data element, it is very typical to include navigation logic in a Windows Form with simple-bound controls.

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