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Install Ajax Control Toolkit – Visual Studio 2008

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When you create a new ASP.NET application or web-site in VS 2008 that targets the .NET 3.5 framework, VS will automatically add the appropriate AJAX registrations in your web.config file and the core ASP.NET AJAX server controls will show up in your toolbox. This post shows you how to register the rest of the extensions in VS 2008.

Download the Ajax Control Toolkit

Click the Downloads tab at the CodePlex site to see the list of available Ajax Control Toolkit downloads. If you are using Visual Studio 2010 then you can use either the .NET 4 or .NET 3.5 versions of the Ajax Control Toolkit.

Download the Binary version and not the Source version of the Ajax Control Toolkit. You should download the Source version of the Ajax Control Toolkit only when you are interested in extending the Ajax Control Toolkit.

Extract the Download
After downloading the Ajax Control Toolkit, you need to unblock and extract the files. Right-click the compressed file and click the Unblock button.

Next, right-click the compressed file and select the Extract All menu option.

Add the Ajax Control Toolkit to the Visual Studio Toolbox
The next step is to add the Ajax Control Toolkit to the Visual Studio Toolbox. Follow these steps:

1. Launch Visual Studio and create a new ASP.NET Web Forms project or website. Open Default.aspx in the Visual Studio editor.
2. Create a new Toolbox tab by right-clicking the Toolbox and selecting Add Tab. Name the new tab Ajax Control Toolkit.
3. Right-click beneath the new tab and select the menu option Choose Items… Click the Browse button and browse to the folder where you extracted the Ajax Control Toolkit. Pick the AjaxControlToolkit.dll and click the OK button to close the Choose Toolbox Items dialog.

Hope that helps!


Written by lordfu

July 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Posted in Ajax, ASP.Net, Development

4 Responses

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  1. HI…..

    am using my name to login domain.
    when i try to click on the choose item, the visual studio 08 auto close everything.

    tested login using administrator,
    the ajax toolkit able to add into the tab.

    Logoff from admin, login my name again. the toolkit gone again.

    What should i check?


    August 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    • Hi,

      I have not installed the toolkit under a different account but I would imagine that it would be account specific. So install the toolkit within the account you will be using for development and see if that helps.


      August 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

      • Hi lordfu..

        am not refering Ajax Extension. Am adding the Ajax toolkit 3.5 to the tab that cause me automatically closing the microsoft visual.

        I must login Domain in the office.
        The MS Visual installed using Domain user, even Ajax extension also installed using domain user.

        Having problem to add in the Ajax Toolkit 3.5.
        Is it cause by the Domain policy restriction??


        August 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm

      • Can you have a System Adminsitrator install the toolkit for you? I would think thet the toolkit is installed on a per user basis but maybe they have put a restriction in place through Domain policy.


        August 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

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