Toolbox is missing in visual studio 2010

I was studying for .NET 4 exam and running through one of the lab sessions and it needed me to add a button and dropdown box but then suddenly the toolbox was not coming up.

I was searching around and couldn’t find out how to add it back in, I also couldn’t understand where it would be.


Finally I found out how to add the toolbox back in.


Go to the VIEW menu

Click on Toolbox

then once again you can enjoy adding buttons and dropdowns to your hearts content



13 thoughts on “Toolbox is missing in visual studio 2010

  1. Nisrine June 29, 2011 / 11:36 am

    It wasn’t in the view menu but ctrl+alt+x worked for me thank you 🙂


  2. Tai Yee November 17, 2011 / 9:59 pm

    thanks for this — the toolbox was missing and it also was not present on the View menu. Luckily I saw the CTRL+ALT+X option on your screenshot, and that did bring it back.


  3. Alvin Quezon December 19, 2011 / 5:52 am

    thanks for the short cut… even i dont have the toolbox option but i saw the CTRL+ALT+X option it was very helpful 😀


  4. Frank December 28, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    Thanks, CTRL-ALT-X worked for me as well. I was just about ready to uninstall VS10 and start over.


  5. Jack Oz March 13, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    ctrl+alt+X worked for me. Thanks.


  6. Bikki September 13, 2012 / 3:43 am

    ctrl+alt+X— Great Idea, I can not see Toolbox under View menu.


  7. Rich May 16, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    one more for Ctrl Alt X
    thank you!!!!!


  8. Senghann August 21, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    I can’t see Toolbox in view but fortunately I say Ctrl + Alt + X, Thanks 😀


  9. Teddy December 30, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    on visual studio c# 2010 go to view and point to other windows the you will see toolbox option…..


  10. TADEO TADS September 11, 2016 / 10:49 am



  11. Kotz December 21, 2017 / 6:11 am

    This is a great post.. for toolbox VS 2010 cannot be viewed on first open.


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