MFC PropertyGrid Support

Applies to TestComplete 15.65, last modified on June 26, 2024

About Support

TestComplete can recognize MFC PropertyGrid controls in Visual C++ applications. It provides special properties and methods that let you retrieve the controls data and simulate user actions on the controls (see below).

Supported Versions

Supported component version: MFC Feature Pack for Visual C++ 2008, Visual C++ 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015.


  • You must have an active license for the TestComplete Desktop module.

  • The application must be compiled with debug information.

  • If the application is compiled with the Use of MFC option set to Use MFC in a Shared DLL:

  • The control’s class name must be added to the Microsoft Controls | MFC | MFCPropertyGridCtrl group of your project’s Object Mapping options. By default, this group contains the following class:

    • CMFCPropertyGridCtrl
  • The Microsoft Control Support plugin must be active. This plugin is installed and enabled automatically as part of the TestComplete Desktop module.

    If you experience issues when working with the controls, select File > Install Extensions from the TestComplete main menu and check whether the plugin is active. (You can find the plugin in the Common group.) If the plugin is not available, run the TestComplete installation in the Repair mode.

Recognizing Custom Controls

To command TestComplete to recognize your custom controls as MFC PropertyGrid controls:

  1. Open your project’s Object Mapping options.

  2. Add the control’s class name to the Microsoft Controls | MFC | MFCPropertyGridCtrl group.

    If you do not know the control’s name, you can ask the control’s developers, or you can view the control’s ClassName property in the Object Browser panel. As an alternative, you can click Add From Screen and select your custom control on screen. TestComplete will retrieve the control’s class name and add it to the selected mapping group automatically. For detailed information, see Object Mapping.

Once the control is mapped, it gets all the properties, methods and actions specific to the MFC PropertyGrid control.

If the specified custom control does not fit the control’s type, then it may not properly respond to commands that TestComplete sends, so recording or playing back user actions over the tested control will cause errors.


When testing MFC PropertyGrid controls, you can use properties and methods specific to these controls, as well as properties and methods that TestComplete applies to tested objects, onscreen objects and window objects. For the full list of available properties and methods, see the following topics:

Typical Tasks

See Also

Testing Visual C++ Applications
List of MFC Controls
Supported Microsoft Controls
Working With Grids

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