The docking manager provides VS.NET-style docked container support to your application. Dock panels can be docked, floated, auto-hidden, and more. Based on a proven VS.NET-style architecture, your end users can interact with it in a very intuitive fashion. The layout can be set up easily in code or in the designer. You can easily enable docking for a top-level window, child window, or even a user control.
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End users can easily dock or float windows interactively via drag-and-drop using visual cues as well as context menus. The layout can also be set up easily in the designer. Layouts can also be persisted and restored across application sessions.
Tool box-style pinnable windows let you pin or automatically hide such tool windows to the sides of your application.
Two or more docked elements can be docked at the same location, one over the other, in a tabbed UI. Visual cues let you dock over or beside an existing docked panel.
Docking windows in MDI applications and MDI child forms can be seamlessly transposed back and forth. Combining this with the tabbed MDI package gives users exact VS.NET-like docking and MDI child interchangeability.
Docking windows is not only supported on your main window, it can be created and hosted inside any container control, user control, or MDI child form type.
Create advanced nested docking layouts with docked windows inside other docked windows, or directly dock to the main form.
The docking package supports a number of visual styles ranging from a default skin to the all new Office 2007 style. Docking windows also feature a theme drawing mode for visual styles.
The docking arrows for different locations, for the docking windows, can be shown or hidden by using the dockability property in the docking manager package. This feature can be experienced at run time by using the drag-and-drop functionality.