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Overview

The WPF Docking Manager (DockPanel) control provides an interface to create Visual Studio-like dockable windows in your applications. Dock panels support many interactions like docking, floating, tabbing, autohiding and grouping document tabs. Tab groups split the workspace and allow users to work with two or more open documents. Users can resize, move, and change the behavior of windows to create a layout that suits various development models.


Different kind of docking window

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

  • Docking window
  • Floating window
  • Tabbed window
  • Pinnable window
  • Tabbed MDI Window

WPF Dock and Float Windows


Close window

Users can close windows interactively through the close option in the UI. Close the active window alone or all tabbed windows.

WPF Docking Close Window


Resizing windows

Users can interactively resize windows using a splitter between windows. Restrict resizing to minimum and maximum sizes for views.

WPF Docking Resize Window


Maximize view

Display the dock windows in maximized view to get more readability and restore interactively.

WPF Docking Maximize Views


Transparent window dragging

The WPF Docking allows you to turn on or off the option to show a window’s contents while dragging it. When it is set off, a transparent dragging visual effect is used.

WPF Docking with Transparent Window Dragging


Snap and move multiple windows

Snap the float windows and move them together. Separate the snapped float windows by pressing the CTRL key and dragging the float window away from the group.

WPF Docking with Snap Windows


Restrict docking

End users can restrict windows to docking on specific sides of the target dock windows or edges of a form. They can customize the dock hints’ visibility to show dock hints only on a specific side.

WPF Docking with Drag Providers


Redock to previous location

Built-in redock support saves the previous state of dock or float windows and moves the windows to previous dock or float states after double-clicking on a caption.

WPF Docking Redock


Scroll tabs

Bring the overflow tabs into view through scroll options in the UI. Scroll to the next, previous, first, or last tabs.

WPF Docking with Scrollable Tabs


Docking guides

Display docking guides to indicate the valid drop location for docking panels while dragging the float window. Also customize the appearance of the docking guides.

WPF Docking with Docking Guides


Context menu

The WPF Docking provides the support to improve the user experience with a built-in context menu. It helps users to float, close, pin, and move the dock window to a tabbed document and more.

WPF Docking with Context Menu


Hide caption

Hide the visibility of a dock window caption to make the dock window appearance a flat panel.

WPF Docking with Hidden Dock Window


Save and restore

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

WPF Layout Save and Restore


Complex docking layout

Users can create nested docking layouts with docked windows inside other docked windows, or directly dock them to the main form.

WPF Docking with Complex Layout


Linked docking

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

WPF Linked Docking


Style

Customize the style of each part of the WPF Docking Manager, such as its dock window header style and tabs styles. Use a rich set of built-in themes inspired by popular interfaces such as Visual Studio, Microsoft Office, and Expression Blend.

WPF Docking Style


Localization

The WPF Docking Manager supports localization to translate the static text to any supported language.

WPF Docking Localization


Right to left

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

WPF Docking in Right-to-Left


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