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How to programmatically show/hide docking windows


The DockingManager.SetDockVisibility() method may be used to show or hide docking windows.

The following code checks the visibility state of the listBox1 docking window and if the control is hidden, shows it:


private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)


if( this.dockingManager1.GetDockVisibility(this.panel1) == false )

this.dockingManager1.SetDockVisibility(this.panel1, true);


this.dockingManager1.SetDockVisibility(this.panel1, false);



Private Sub button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles button1.Click

If Me.dockingManager1.GetDockVisibility(Me.panel1) = False Then

Me.dockingManager1.SetDockVisibility(Me.panel1, True)


Me.dockingManager1.SetDockVisibility(Me.panel1, False)

End If

End Sub

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
1038 04/30/2011 07/10/2014 WinForms DockingManager
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Jaroslaw Laszcz Dec 03, 2015
Hi, In current version we don't have setDockVisibility method enymore. But we have pretty cool method DockingManager.SetState(Content1, DockState.Hidden); We can choose from many:
  • AutoHidden
  • Dock
  • Document
  • Float
DockingManager.SetState(ccDescription, DockState.Hidden); - to hide, DockingManager.SetState(ccDescription, DockState.Hidden); - to show. Yarek.
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