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Windows Forms Dock Manager

Maximize screen real estate with content panes that can be pinned, docked, grouped and moved about just like in Microsoft® Visual Studio®.

Styling and Behavior

A single property, WindowStyle, affects the default appearance of the pane windows, including the caption and tab styles so you can make it resemble Visual Studio 2010 (including fine details such as VS 2010-style on Windows® XP or Windows 7® operating systems). Fine-tune at the pane- and group- level, and customize the LayoutStyle property to specify how docking panes should manage the client area.

 Customize the styling and behavior of your panes.

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Dockable & Floating Windows

Controls can be docked to any side of the host container or displayed in an owned floating window.

Dock controls to any side of the container.

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AutoHide

Docked controls can be unpinned to conserve screen real estate. Unpinned controls are represented by a tab in an area along the outside of the container. The control is displayed in a separate window that slides out when the tab is selected.

Hide docked controls to conserve screen real estate.

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Toggle State

Double clicking on a pane caption, tab item, or sliding group header will toggle the docked state of the pane(s).

Toggle the docked state of a pane by double clicking the caption, a tab item or the group header.

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Multiple Group Styles

Dockable controls can be grouped together in any combination when docked or floating with support for 4 group styles: horizontally split, vertically split, tabbed groups and sliding groups.

Group panes together when they area docked or floating.

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Grouping and Moving Panes

Once docked controls have been created, the panes may be dragged around by pressing down on the caption, tab item, or sliding group header of the pane.

Move panes around the screen by dragging and dropping.

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WYSIWYG Design-Time Functionality

Easily create and position dockable controls at design-time. Access to the settings for individual docked controls is available in Visual Studio's property grid when the control is selected.

Easily create and position dockable controls at design-time.

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Persist Layouts

Save and load docked window layouts at design-time and-run-time.

Save and load docked window layouts at design-time and-run-time.

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Hierarchical Control Settings

Docked control settings can be set for an individual pane, children of a group, or for all panes.

hierarchal control settings