Advise on custom control

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May 16, 2013 at 17:23:48
Specs: Windows 7, 4.2GHz Core 2 quad / 8gb ram
I would like to create a custom control for an application that I am developing. What I want to make is a tree-view + group box + standard controls

Where i want the tree-view to be able to expand and collapse general categories within those general categories there will be a sub category and within the sub category there will be a group box which will have a few controls on it. Basically what I'm doing is creating a database application which grabs all the groups for a specific item. Then shows all the sub groups and allows you to change properties within the groups.

-Apple Tree
Date to plant(editable date time picker) seed number(combo box) planted(check box)

Any ideas of a better way to do this or any ideas on how to do this and make the control easy to use. I have a rough idea on how I would but I feel I might be over complicating it.

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May 17, 2013 at 19:54:51
How this is usually handled is though multiple panels, to the side of your tree. One panel per selectable object. Then when the selection on your tree changes, you show the relevant panel and disable/hide the other ones. This way you show only the relevant information, you maintain control of the visual layout, you don't have to worry about writing a new control. You avoid all of the command and control issues you never thought about, and your users are probably already familiar with the arrangement thanks to Windows Explorer.

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May 17, 2013 at 20:18:06
I found a couple of people doing that. But I could not figure out how to have multiple open at once.

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