Compact Forms

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The Compact Forms Designer can display the form sized for the target device and with a skinned representation of the device. Just select the desired FormFactor from the dropdown list located in the Property View.

At present the Compact Forms Designer supports skins, sets and views of controls for Pocket PC 2003, Windows CE 5.0, Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC SDK, Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone SDK and Windows Mobile 6 Professional SDK.



Emulator Setup:

Microsoft has released the standalone 3.0 device emulator for Compact Forms:

Here is the download link.

After installing, the IDE emulation to deploy a Compact Forms application is activated once you build and run any Compact Forms application.


Designer Components:



The Toolbox contains a list of all valid controls available for the active window or report. There are two categories. The Device Controls category contains the native .NET controls available for Compact Framework applications. The Device Components category contains special non-visual and custom add-on controls.

Controls can also be populated from the Data Sources View, and automatically binds that control to the target data element. See the Data Sources topic for more information.

Design Area

This is the area where the visual window and associated controls are populated.

Component Area

This is the area where non-visual components are located. Clicking on the target component displays associated properties in the Property View.

Property View

Contains a detailed list of all property and events associated with the active highlighted control or window.


To access the active control or window’s available events, click on the lightning bolt button found in the property View toolbar.

Alignment Toolbar

A series of alignment options are located in the toolbar located at the top of the Design Area. Click here to see more information regarding these options.