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The WPF Tabbed MDI Form control, or DocumentContainer, provides a Visual Studio-like tabbed document interface (TDI) and a multiple document interface (MDI) to create document groups in your application. Supports tab group creation in both horizontal and vertical orientation, seamless full-screen work environment, and quick switching of documents.

MDI window

The WPF Tabbed MDI Form allows users to work with multiple documents at the same time. It displays each document as a separate window in a cascading horizontal or vertical tile layout.

WPF Tabbed MDI Form displays multiple documents

Tabbed documents

Supports displaying documents as tabbed windows. It provides an efficient interface for displaying multiple tabs and helps to arrange content in a compact and organized form in less space. It also supports creating tab groups, different tab orientations, and editable headers.

WPF Tabbed MDI Form displays multiple tabs

Tab groups

Supports grouping relevant documents in separate tab groups. This helps users to display multiple open documents similar to MDI Windows.

WPF Tabbed MDI Form displays tabs in groups in horizontal and vertical orientation


WPF Tabbed MDI Form allows users to reorder tabs by dragging and dropping headers to maintain the tabs’ desired position. It also supports reordering tabs between tab groups.

Reordering tabs in WPF Tabbed MDI Form


Provides support to select documents quickly through keyboard and mouse interaction. It also provides quick preview on selecting documents, similar to Visual Studio window switchers.

Select documents using windows switchers in WPF Tabbed MDI Form


Allows users to interactively resize the MDI windows and supports resizing tab groups.

Resizing tab group in WPF Tabbed MDI Form

Maximized view

Supports displaying the Tabbed or MDI windows in maximized view to get more readability. Also supports minimizing the MDI windows and restoring it when needed.

WPF Tabbed MDI Form displays documents in full screen

Context Menu

Provides built-in context menu options to close, create, or move documents to new tab groups, as well as other options.

WPF Tabbed MDI Form with context menu for close tabs, create new, or move to next tab group

Save and restore

Built-in serialization option supports saving tab order and window size upon closing and restoring them upon opening the application.

Save and restore tab order and size in WPF Tabbed MDI Form

Integrate to Docking Manager

Docking Manager supports all the functionalities of tabbed document (TDI) and multiple document interface (MDI). It can be easily integrated with the WPF Docking Manager to create Visual Studio-like dockable windows and document interfaces.

Displays TDI and MDI windows in DockingManager


Supports customizing the style of each individual part of the WPF Tabbed MDI Form. Provides a rich set of built-in themes inspired by popular interfaces such as Visual Studio, Expression Blend, and modern UI.

Visual Studio-inspired style for WPF Tabbed MDI Form


Supports localization to translate the static text in the context menu of WPF Tabbed MDI Form to any desired language.

WPF Tabbed MD Form Localization


Supports right-to-left (RTL) control rendering. This helps develop applications for a worldwide audience.

WPF Tabbed MD Form displaying documents in right-to-left

WPF Tabbed MDI Form Code Example

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

<syncfusion:DocumentContainer x:Name="documentContainer">
    <TextBlock Text="This is document 1." />
    <TextBlock Text="This is document 2." />
using Syncfusion.Windows.Tools.Controls; 
namespace WpfApp1 
    /// <summary> 
    /// Interaction logic for MainWindow.xaml 
    /// </summary> 
    public partial class MainWindow : Window 
        public MainWindow() 
DocumentContainer documentContainer = new DocumentContainer();
documentContainer.Items.Add(new TextBlock() { Text = "This is document 1." });
documentContainer.Items.Add(new TextBlock() { Text = "This is document 2." });
            //Adding DocumentContainer as window content 
            this.Content = documentContainer; 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Rich multiple-document and tabbed-document interface.
  • Layout information is saved on closing and restored on opening the application.
  • MDI mode in which to drag, resize, minimize, maximize, and normalize the window.
  • TDI mode in which to reorder, pin, and group tabs.
  • Inbuilt, full-screen float window.
  • Complete localization support to add new languages.
  • Simple configuration and APIs.
  • Touch-friendly and responsive UI.
  • Learn quickly and get started with WPF Tabbed MDI Form using its extensive demos and documentation.

You can find our WPF Tabbed MDI Form demo on

GitHub location.

App center location.

Microsoft 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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