Are you missing the controls in the toolbox for Visual Studio 2008?
Posted by robkraft on December 21, 2007
I downloaded Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition (C#), installed it, and rebooted my computer. Then I immediately went to create my first WPF application in VS2008. I was challenged initially by the lack of controls available in my toolbox. All of the controls were disabled. So I went to Tools, Choose Toolbox Items, and enabled the few I wanted to start playing with (in the WPF components tab). However, they were still disabled.
I exited Visual Studio, restarted Visual Studio, and all the controls were now available, and have been ever since. I don’t know why they weren’t there the first time I ran the product.
Another possible reason that the controls are not enabled is simply that you need to click on the XAML form. If your mouse is in the raw XAML window, the controls will not be enabled.