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LayoutControl Class

Creates and maintains a consistent layout of controls. See Layout Manager.

Namespace:DevExpress.XtraLayout
Assembly:DevExpress.XtraLayout.v17.1.dll

Expanded Syntax

Expanded Remarks

Layout Control allows you to arrange any controls within a form without overlapping and misaligning them. See the Layout Control topic to learn the advantages of using the Layout Control. To learn how to create and customize a layout of controls at design time, refer to Design-Time Customization .

A LayoutControl object is visually presented by a root group (Root) which is a container whose only purpose is to display other items, groups and tabbed groups.

The following items are basic elements for building a layout of controls.

  • LayoutControlItem - a regular layout item that can display an external control;
  • LayoutControlGroup - a regular container that can display other items, regular and tabbed groups;
  • TabbedControlGroup - a tabbed group whose elements (regular groups) are rendered as tabs.
The following image shows a form with a Layout Control. The Employee root group displays two regular layout items (Job Title and Contact Name), regular group (Personal Info) and a tabbed group. The latter has two tabs containing two groups - Photo and Notes, respectively.

To access the Layout Control's items in code, use the Items collection.

To add a new item, group or tabbed group to another group via code, use the LayoutControlGroup.AddItem, LayoutControlGroup.AddGroup and LayoutControlGroup.AddTabbedGroup methods respectively. To move an existing item, group and tabbed group to a new position, use its BaseLayoutItem.Move method.

Expanded Example

The following example shows how to create a LayoutControl control and add layout items to it.

The example shows different ways to add visible and hidden layout items to the Layout Control.

Note

To allow a Layout Control's layout to be customized and serialized, ensure that the Name properties of the layout items and their controls are set to unique values. The control's Name property must be initialized before this control is assigned to the LayoutControlItem.Control property.

Expanded Inheritance Hierarchy

System.Object
    System.MarshalByRefObject
       System.ComponentModel.Component
          System.Windows.Forms.Control
             System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl
                System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl
                   LayoutControl
                      DataLayoutControl

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