Walkthrough: Hosting a Windows Forms Control in WPF by Using XAML

WPF provides many controls with a rich feature set. However, you may sometimes want to use Windows Forms controls on your WPF pages. For example, you may have a substantial investment in existing Windows Forms controls, or you may have a Windows Forms control that provides unique functionality.

This walkthrough shows you how to host a Windows Forms System.Windows.Forms.MaskedTextBox control on a WPF page by using XAML.

For a complete code listing of the tasks shown in this walkthrough, see Hosting a Windows Forms Control in WPF by Using XAML Sample.


You need Visual Studio to complete this walkthrough.

Hosting the Windows Forms Control

To host the MaskedTextBox control

  1. Create a WPF Application project named HostingWfInWpfWithXaml.

  2. Add references to the following assemblies.

    • WindowsFormsIntegration

    • System.Windows.Forms

  3. Open MainWindow.xaml in the WPF Designer.

  4. In the Window element, add the following namespace mapping. The wf namespace mapping establishes a reference to the assembly that contains the Windows Forms control.

  5. In the Grid element add the following XAML.

    The MaskedTextBox control is created as a child of the WindowsFormsHost control.

            <wf:MaskedTextBox x:Name="mtbDate" Mask="00/00/0000"/>
  6. Press F5 to build and run the application.

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