How to: Open the Data Sources Window

The Data Sources window displays the data sources in your project. You use the Data Sources window to create a user interface of data-bound controls by dragging items from the window onto forms in your project. For more information, see Binding Windows Forms Controls to Data in Visual Studio.

You can populate the Data Sources window by running the Data Source Configuration Wizard. For more information see Data Source Configuration Wizard.

To open the Data Sources window

  • On the menu bar, choose View, Other Windows, Data Sources (or choose the Shift+Alt+D keys).


You can add a data source to a project only if it supports creating and working with data sources. For example, you can't open the Data Sources window in a project for a Windows Store app.

See Also


Walkthrough: Displaying Data on a Windows Form

How to: Connect to Data in a Database


What's New for Data Application Development in Visual Studio 2012

TableAdapter Overview

Creating and Editing Typed Datasets

Data Sources Overview

Other Resources

Data Walkthroughs