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Navigation Pane

NavigationPane is an advanced navigation control that hosts NavigationPage objects. Visually, the navigation pane is divided into two areas - page header area and page content area.

The Page header area displays vertically aligned page headers, which act as tabs. Each tab can display a page image (the Image property) and\or page caption (the PageText or, if not set, the Caption properties). The ShowMode property, accessed through the Properties group, specifies which of these elements should be shown.

Clicking any page header expands the page content area - a resizeable pane that displays the contents of this page (controls, added to the page's Controls collection). This area has its own header that contains the page caption (the Caption property), the page's custom header buttons (the NavigationPage.CustomHeaderButtons collection), page expand\collapse button and pane expand\collapse button. The page content area is sized according to the NavigationPane.RegularSize property value and if the NavigationPane.AllowResize property is not set to false, can be resized at runtime.

The following animation illustrates main features of the Navigation Pane.

Page headers along with their content can be aligned either vertically or horizontally depending on the NavigationPane.ItemOrientation property value (see the figure below).

At design time, you can use the Navigation Pane smart-tag to add new NavigationPages. As well as the NavigationFrame control that also hosts navigation pages, the Navigation Pane control displays navigation elements at design-time that help you to quickly toggle through existing pages (see the figure below). These navigation elements are not shown at runtime.

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