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Flexible Layout Options


Child panels can be docked to the left, right, top, or bottom sides of the container.


Child panels can be dragged interactively around the screen to make them float over any location on the desktop.


Two or more child panels can be docked at the same location using tabs.


In the autohidden option, panels that are not being used automatically collapse into the frame of the container (like the toolbox in Visual Studio) and expand when the mouse hovers on the associated tabs.

Tabbed MDI

The docking manager also helps to implement document container-like applications in which the child panels can also become child windows. The container can be laid out in a Visual Studio-style tabbed layout or in a classic MDI layout.

Layout Persistence

There is built-in capability to save and load complex, user-defined layouts.

Keyboard Interaction

Several options are available for switching among the docked windows using the Tab keys.


End user interactions can be efficiently performed using the touch interface.

Nested Docking

An instance of a docking manager can be nested inside a docking window to achieve complex nested layouts.

Linking Docking Managers

Easily drag the child panels from one docking manager to another by linking different docking managers together.

Enhanced Drag and Drop

While dragging, customizable drop cues help users to visualize how a child panel will be docked once dropped.

Maximized Child

Maximize/minimize/restore the child docked window within the docking manager, using the familiar MDI-style icons in the panels frame.


Built-In Themes

Support for built-in visual styles like Blend, Office, Metro, and Visual Studio.

Theme Studio

Easily customize all aspects of appearance using the theme studio utility.

Customize Styles

Customize the complete appearance of the docking manager with any desired theme or style.


All static text within the docking manager can be localized to any desired language.

UI Automation

Compatible with Coded UI and Unified Functional Testing automation tools.

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