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I first used it, out of the box, in VS 4, then in VS 6, and then (I think) in VS 2003. Somewhere along the line the preview form button went away or became hidden. If it's the latter, I'd sure like to know where MS hid it.
It was useful to see how the form would look in the current version without having to add the glue. It was especially useful in showing a customer/client what a page would look like. Much better than PowerPoint. Too the customer/client could suggest changes to the form and they could be made on the spot. If the revised form didn't meet expectations, then tweaking could also be done on the spot.
I remember it from VS6 but that was C++ MFC, and yes, very handy. I use VS2005 frequently (WinForms) but I don't recall it being there. If you've used in WinForms it must be in VS2003 as you've said. I pretty much get the form ready and test it by running it before any of the controls are wired up (except the "Close" button.)
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