One of our clients has an old WinForms application that contains forms with a lot of controls on them. Some of those controls have a deep hierarchy and that makes it to hard to select them in the designer.
I need to understand this hierarchy to make modifications to the application to correct some bugs. Is there a way to see this hierarchy clearly? For example, is there something available that is similar to what can be seen in an .aspx source file when you have a breadcrumb of where you are in the HTML hierarchy (HTML > Body > div > etc.)? Or something more visual maybe?
You need to use the Document Outline
View > Other Windows > Document Outline
Or via hotkey
Ctl + ALT + T
Click on View > Other Windows > Document Outline in Visual Studio.
That should show the control hierarchy.
Visual Style Builder for UI Customization – Download this tool and use it…
Another tool is present which is “Control Spy Tool for Easier Development”
You will find the solution easily..