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DockPanel Class

Represents a dock panel.

Namespace:DevExpress.XtraBars.Docking
Assembly:DevExpress.XtraBars.v17.2.dll

Expanded Syntax

Expanded Remarks

Dock panels are the basis of docking functionality for applications. A dock panel provides the client area to which visual elements can be added.

Dock panels are managed by a DockManager component. You need to place a dock manager on a container control (form or user control) to provide docking functionality for this control. The DockManager.Form property must refer to the container control. Otherwise, no panels can be created.

Dock panels can float, can be docked to other dock panels and to the container control which the DockManager.Form property refers to.

To create dock panels and dock them to the DockManager.Form or float them, use the DockManager.AddPanel method. To create panels and dock them to other panels, the AddPanel, DockTo and DockAsTab methods can be used.

Panels can be docked to each other using drag and drop operations. In this case, a tab container or split container is created, depending upon the position at which the panel is released within the target panel. Tab and split containers are also represented by DockPanel instances. However these, unlike regular panels, cannot display visual controls. Note that a container is automatically destroyed when it has only two panels and one of these panels is undocked from the container. A container that owns a specific panel can be accessed via this panel's ParentPanel property. Tab and split containers can also be created in code (using the AddPanel, DockAsTab and DockTo methods). See the Docking Panels Programmatically topic for more information.

If a panel isn't a tab or split container, it can display visual controls. To add visual elements to the panel, add them directly to the panel's ControlContainer. This control represents the panel's client area. It provides the Controls property which is the collection of visual elements displayed by the panel.

For more information on dock panels, see the Dock Panels document.

Expanded Example

In the following example three panels are created and docked to form a split container. Then the Tabbed property of the split container is set to true and this transforms the split container into a tab container. The result is shown below:

Expanded Inheritance Hierarchy

System.Object
    System.MarshalByRefObject
       System.ComponentModel.Component
          System.Windows.Forms.Control
             System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl
                System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl
                   ZIndexControl
                      DockPanel
                         FieldListDockPanel
                         ReportExplorerDockPanel
                         DevExpress.Snap.Extensions.UI.SnapDockPanelBase

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