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Changing dock tabs programatically

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287 May 22,2002 08:34 AM UTC May 1,2003 07:59 PM UTC Windows Forms 3
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Paul Mason
Asked On May 22, 2002 08:34 AM UTC

Hi If you have a couple of controls docked together so that the form a tab group docked to the side of a form (using a docking manager)- is it possible to programatically change tabs? i.e - I want to bring a docked control "to the front" if it is covered by other docked controls. Thanks

Prakash S [Syncfusion]
Replied On May 22, 2002 02:32 PM UTC

Paul, The Docking Windows implementation does not have a direct way for programmatically changing the selection in a tabbed docking group. However, you can do this by directly accessing the internal docking windows classes and changing the selected tab. The following code shows the approach,
// To activate the docking window tab representing the treeView1 control
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockHost dhost = this.treeView1.Parent as Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockHost;
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockHostController dhc = dhost.InternalController as Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockHostController;
	// Verify that the control is docked as a tab group
	if((dhc.ParentController != null) && (dhc.ParentController is Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabController))
{				Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabController dtc = dhc.ParentController as Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabController;
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabControl tabcontrol = dtc.TabControl as Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabControl;
	Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabPage activetab = tabcontrol.SelectedTab as Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabPage;
	// Verify that the control is not the selected tab
	if(activetab.dhcClient != dhc)
	{
	    // Iterate tabpages and activate the treeview tab
	    foreach(Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DockTabPage page in tabcontrol.TabPages)
	    {
		if(page.dhcClient == dhc)
		{
		    tabcontrol.SelectedTab = page;
		    break;
		}
	    }
	}
}
Prakash Syncfusion, Inc.

David Whatley
Replied On May 1, 2003 04:39 PM UTC

Is this still the only way to do this? -- David

Prakash S [Syncfusion]
Replied On May 1, 2003 07:59 PM UTC

Hi David, Starting with v 1.1.0.0 of Essential Tools, the DockingManager has an ActivateControl(Control) method that can be used for this purpose. For more details please refer to the Class Reference documentation on this method. Prakash Syncfusion

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