Blend 2.5 march preview: Where is the Silverlight DataGrid ??

[Post written as of Silverlight 2 beta 1 and Expression Blend 2.5 march preview]

Strange that the DataGrid is not in Expression Blend 2.5 march preview toolbox, but only in VS2008 !?

If you add a DataGrid in VS2008 and then switch to Blend that will break your designer.
It seems like there are problems with these assemblies references in Blend 2.5:


Remember that controls are not part of the runtime, they are part of the SDK and must be distributed with each application. Here are the different folders:

  • Runtime: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Silverlight\2.0.30226.2"
  • SDK: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Silverlight\v2.0\Libraries\Client"

Thanks to Michael Sync from the Silverlight forums, you can fix this:

1. Fix the reference in Blend:
Add reference to "System.Windows.Controls.Data.dll" from the SDK folder.

2. Add this markup in <UserControl declaration:

3. then, you can add a DataGrid like that:

Now you can find the DataGrid in Blend 2.5 Toolbox :

  1. Click on "Asset Library" (bottom of toolbox)
  2. Check "Show All"


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