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Overview

The Windows Forms mainframe bar manager is an advanced menu control used to create menus, toolbars, and command bars (floating bars) for any Windows Forms application. It is used to create Microsoft Visual Studio-like menus and toolbars. It offers a wide variety of appearance, orientation, and icon customizations as well as text-wrapping options.


Integrated framework

Integrate menus, toolbars, and command bars in a single application and reuse the same objects and code for various menu items at the same time.

Integrated framework in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


MDI merging support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

MDI merging

A child frame bar manager can be associated with an MDI child to merge a menu from an MDI child form into parent form.


BarItem Types

Various item types are available, such as label, text box, combo box, and drop-down list.

Item types in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


Docking and floating support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Docking and floating support

The Windows Forms mainframe bar manager can be floated or docked to any side of the form through a simple drag-and-drop operation. Redock floating bars by double-clicking the caption.


Boundary detection

The boundary detection automatically recognizes and displays menu items either vertically or horizontally providing a precise view to the end-user.

Boundary detection support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


Responsive layout

Provide an optimal viewing experience by loading menu bar items in the overflow drop-down or wrapping items to subsequent rows while resizing the parent container.


Multiple rows

Dock the bars in multiple rows along any edge in the form. The docked bars can be moved in the rows using the repositioning gripper.

Multiple rows support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


Status bar in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Status bar

Add a status bar to the bottom of the form to show additional information about the application.


Runtime support

End users can customize the layout of menus, bars, and commands using a customized dialog, similar to Microsoft Visual Studio.

Runtime support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


Appearance customization

Multi-line text  support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Multi-line text

Display text associated with menu items in multiple lines so that long text can be displayed without any truncation.

Icon and text support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Icon and text

Add icon with text to describe the main menu items and submenu items.


Tooltip in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Tooltip

Display richly formatted and informative content about a menu item while the mouse hovers over it.


Save and load layout

Serialize and save a menu bar item’s state. Restore the state later using a built-in deserialization option.


Built-in themes

The Windows Forms mainframe bar manager ships with a set of inspirational built-in themes like Office, Visual Studio, and Metro that allows you to build the control with a rich look and feel.

Built-in themes in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


Design-time experience support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Design-time experience

Extensible design time support is provided for customizing the behavior of the control in design mode. This makes the configuration and customization functionalities easier.


Keyboard support

Access menu items by defining shortcut and mnemonic keys for individual items. Navigate among menu items using the keyboard.

Keyboard support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


Localization support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager

Localization

Users can customize the text available in the user interface based on the local culture.


Right-to-left support

The text direction and layout of the control can be displayed from right to left (RTL).

RTL support in Windows Forms mainframe bar manager


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