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Overview

The WinForms Docking Manager control provides an interface to create Visual Studio-like dockable windows in your applications. Dock panels support interactions like docking, floating, tabbing, auto hiding, and grouping document tabs. The control allows users to resize, move, and change the behavior of windows to create a layout that suits various development models.


Different kinds of docking windows

Dockable windows can be dragged anywhere by users. They can be floated around the screen, pinned, and unpinned. As in Visual Studio, the Docking Manager control offers different kinds of windows:

  • Docking windows
  • Floating windows
  • Tabbed windows
  • Pinnable windows
  • Tabbed MDI windows

Dock panels at any side and float the control in WinForms Docking Manager


Restrict docking

Restrict windows from docking at specific sides of a target or at specific edges of a form. Also customize the dock hint visibility so that they are shown only on horizontal, vertical, or specific sides.

WinForms Docking Manager restrict docking on specific sides


Resizing windows

Users can utilize this interactive WinForms Docking Manager to resize windows by using a splitter between them. Resizing can be restricted within a minimum and maximum limit.

Resizing windows in WinForms Docking Manager


Redock to previous location

Built-in redock support saves the previous state of dock or float windows and moves the windows back to the state when the caption is double-clicked.

Float windows dock back to the previous location in WinForms Docking Manager


Scroll tabs

The Docking Manager in WinForms can arrange groups of dock, float, and auto hide tabs. When the space is not sufficient to display all the tabs, users can view the tabs outside the viewport by scrolling or clicking the scroll buttons.

WinForms Docking Manager with scrollable tabs


Docking guides

Docking hints are displayed to indicate valid drop locations for docking panels while dragging the float window. Customize the appearance of the dock hints with built-in styles.

WinForms Docking Manager displays docking guides to dock windows


Context menu

The WinForms Dock panels can be moved to different states using built-in context menu that appears when the caption is right-clicked. Improve the end-user experience by adding custom context menu entries.

WinForms Docking Manager with context menu for close, float, pin windows


Hide caption

Hide the visibility of a dock window caption dynamically.

WinForms Docking Manager collapses the dock window caption


MDI forms

The WinForms Docking Manager displays each document as a separate window within the client area. This allows users to work on more than one document at the same time and seamlessly switch back and forth between docked windows and MDI forms.

WinForms Docking Manager displays multiple documents


Tab groups

The Docking Manager in Windows Forms supports grouping relevant documents into separate tab groups and allows tab group creation in both horizontal and vertical orientations. This helps users display multiple open documents, similar to MDI windows.

WinForms Docking Manager displays tab groups in horizontal and vertical orientation


Save and restore

Built-in serialization options support saving a dock layout in different formats on closing, and restoring it on opening the application.

WinForms Docking Manager save and restore the docking layout


Complex docking layout

Visual Studio like WinForms Docking control allows users to create nested docking layouts with docked windows inside other docked windows or directly dock windows to the main form.

WinForms Docking Manager displays complex layout


Linked docking

Easily drag child windows from one docking manager to another by linking different docking managers.

WinForms Docking Manager dock windows from one window to another window


Style

The WinForms Docking Manager with a rich UI provides built-in themes like Office-style, Blend, Metro, and Visual Studio.

Visual Studio style WinForms Docking Manager


Localization

The WinForms Dock control supports localization to translate static text to any supported language.

WinForms Docking Manager displays localized text


Right to left

A right-to-left (RTL) direction setting is available for users working with languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.

WinForms Docking Manager displays content in right to left




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Frequently Asked Questions

Syncfusion WinForms Docking Manager provides the following features:

  • Create Visual Studio-inspired dock window interfaces with float, dock, auto hide, and tabbed state.
  • Save layout information on closing and restore them on opening the application.
  • Allows users to interactively resize, move, and change the behavior of windows to create a layout based on their needs.
  • Build complex, large-scale applications with a bunch of features with customization options.
  • One of the best WinForms Docking Manager in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Touch friendly and responsive.
  • Extensive demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with WinForms Docking Manager.

We do not sell the WinForms Docking Manager control separately. It is only available for purchase as part of the Syncfusion WinForms suite, which contains over 100 WinForms controls, including Docking Manager. A single developer license for the Syncfusion WinForms Docking Manager suite costs $995.00 USD, including one year of support and updates. On top of this, we might be able to offer additional discounts based on currently active promotions. Please contact our sales team to see if you qualify for any additional discounts.

You can find our WinForms Docking Manager demo on

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No, our 100+ WinForms controls, including Docking Manager, are not sold individually, only as a single package. However, we have competitively priced the product so it only costs a little bit more than what some other vendors charge for their Docking Manager alone. We have also found that, in our experience, our customers usually start off using one of our products and then expand to several products quickly, so we felt it was best to offer all 100+ WinForms controls for a flat fee of $995/developer. On top of this, we might be able to offer additional discounts based on currently active promotions. Please contact our sales team today to see if you qualify for any additional discounts.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue and five or fewer developers.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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