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The WinForms Navigation Drawer is a sliding panel menu that comes out from the edge of the window and displays contents from a hidden panel. It can be shown by swiping from any of the screen edges or on demand. You can display the menu vertically or horizontally at the left or right side of the view.


The transition property can be used to customize the animation of the drawer.


The position property can be used to customize the position of the drawer. The drawer can be placed in the left, right, top, or bottom positions.

Custom style

The Navigation Drawer control includes a rich set of themes for professional representation. Using the built-in themes, you can easily change the appearance and feel of the control.

WinForms Navigation Drawer custom style

Custom views

WinForms Navigation Drawer content view

Content view

The Navigation Drawer’s main view is the content view, on which the desired items can be placed.

WinForms Navigation Drawer view

Drawer view

Drawer view is a container that will be displayed on top, alongside and below the content view section, upon selection.

WinForms Navigation Drawer Code Example

Easily get started with the WinForms Navigation Drawer using a few simple lines of C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our WinForms Navigation Drawer Example that shows you how to render and configure the Navigation Drawer in WinForms.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools;
namespace WinFormsApp1
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        Button showNavigation = new Button();
        NavigationDrawer navigationDrawer1 = new NavigationDrawer();
        DrawerHeader header = new DrawerHeader();
        DrawerMenuItem drawerMenuItem1 = new DrawerMenuItem();
        public Form1()
            showNavigation.Height = 33;
            showNavigation.Width = 123;
            showNavigation.Location = new Point(300, 200);
            showNavigation.Text = "Show And Hide Navigatio Drawer";
            showNavigation.Click += showNavigation_Click;
            this.header.HeaderText = "header";
            this.header.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(2, 0);
            this.header.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(34, 32);
            this.header.Text = "Header";
            // drawerMenuItem1
            this.drawerMenuItem1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(250, 50);
            this.drawerMenuItem1.Text = "Inbox";
            this.navigationDrawer1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Left;
            this.navigationDrawer1.DrawerWidth = 450;
            this.navigationDrawer1.DrawerHeight = 350;
            this.navigationDrawer1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 20);
            this.navigationDrawer1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 200);
            this.navigationDrawer1.Text = "navigationDrawer1";
        private void showNavigation_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Menu displays in a sliding panel that opens only when users need it.
  • Placement and layout are flexible.
  • Seamless navigation with built-in animations like push, reveal, and slide.
  • One of the best WinForms Navigation Drawer in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Option to set the transition type of the Navigation Drawer while opening.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Extensive demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with WinForms Navigation Drawer.

You can find our WinForms Navigation Drawer demo on

GitHub location.

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, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

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

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