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      • Creating screens
        • Working with objects
          • Overview of objects
          • Overview of objects
          • Overview of objects
          • Options for editing objects
          • Inserting an object
          • Deleting an object
          • Positioning an object
          • Resizing objects
          • Selecting multiple objects
          • Aligning objects
          • Moving an object forwards or backwards
          • Showing objects outside the screen area
          • Rotating objects
          • Flipping objects
          • Designing an object
          • Designing an object
          • Designing the fill pattern
          • Using predefined styles
          • Formatting text in an object
          • Connecting tags and text lists in the text
          • Formatting graphics in an object
          • Rotating an object in Runtime
          • Designing table-based objects
          • Designing a border
          • Defining color gradients
          • Flashing
          • Flashing
          • Inserting multiple objects of the same type (stamping)
          • Repositioning and resizing multiple objects
          • Hiding or showing objects
          • Linking user data types with objects
          • Managing own controls
          • External graphics
          • Managing external graphics
          • Storing an external image in the graphics library

    Entry type: Manual, Entry ID: 109096785, Entry date: 01/12/2015

    WinCC Professional V13.0 SP1

    Document: WinCC Professional V13.0 SP1 (12/2014, English)
    Type of topic: Action

    Managing own controls


    Add standardized or user-defined controls in the "Toolbox > My Controls" task card. All the ActiveX controls registered in the operating system and the .Net controls on your system are available for use in WinCC.

    • ActiveX controls

      ActiveX controls are operator controls from any providers, which can be used by other programs over a defined OLE-based interface.

    • .Net controls

      .Net controls are operator controls from any providers based on the Microsoft .Net Framework.

    • Specific .Net controls

      .Net controls are operator controls from any providers based on the Microsoft .Net Framework.

    When you intend to run external controls in your WinCC project, you need to verify that these run on the HMI device you are configuring. If you are using controls from third parties, you must first of all add these to the "My controls" palette before you copy the project to different PCs.


    If you use any controls that are not included in the product package (for example, from third parties), errors may occur, for example, reduced performance or system crashes. The user of such control software is alone responsible for any problems caused by its use. We therefore advise you to closely examine such elements prior to their use.


    • The required ActiveX control is installed in the PC's operating system.
    • The required or specific .Net control is available on the PC in an assembly.
    • A screen is open.
    • The "Toolbox" task card is open.

    Adding a new control to the "My controls" group

    1. Open "Toolbox > My controls" in the "Toolbox" task card.
    2. Select "Select objects" from the shortcut menu.

      A dialog opens. This contains all the controls available on the system. Controls that already exist in the "Toolbox" task card are identified by a check mark.

    3. Select the desired tab, e.g. ActiveX controls.
    4. Activate the required control.
    5. Confirm your selection with "OK".

    Inserting a specific .Net control in the "My controls" group

    1. Select the "Specific .Net controls" tab. The list is empty the first time you select the tab.
    2. Click the "…" button.
    3. Select the folder in which the assembly is contained.
    4. Select a file.
    5. Click "Open." All the available controls are displayed in the "Specific .Net controls" tab.
    6. Activate the required .Net control.
    7. Confirm your selection with "OK".


    .Net-Controls in Runtime Advanced

    If you have incorporated a .Net Control in your project as "Specific .Net-Control", you have to copy the files belonging to these controls to the installation directory of WinCC Runtime, e.g. "C:\ProgramFiles\Siemens\Automation\WinCC RT Advanced". Otherwise, the control cannot be loaded in Runtime.


    The control now appears in the "Toolbox > My controls" task card and can be configured in a screen.

    Removing a control from the "My controls" group

    1. Select "Delete" from the shortcut menu for the control concerned.

      The control is removed from the "My controls" group.

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