Dealing with Windows in UWP Docking (SfDockingManager)

Activating a window

A particular child window can be activated in SfDockingManager using its name or instance reference through the property ActiveWindow and ActivateWindow method that passes the element as argument to activate.

<layout:SfDockingManager x:Name="docking">

<ContentControl x:Name="SolutionExplorer" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Solution Explorer"
                                          layout:SfDockingManager.SideInDockedMode="Right"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="ToolBox" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="ToolBox"
                                 layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="AutoHidden"/>
								 
<ContentControl x:Name="Properties" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Properties"
                                    layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Float"/>
									
<ContentControl x:Name="Output" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Output"
                                layout:SfDockingManager.SideInDockedMode="Tabbed"
								layout:SfDockingManager.TargetNameInDockedMode="SolutionExplorer"/>
								
<ContentControl x:Name="StartPage" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Start Page"
                                   layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>
								   
</layout:SfDockingManager>
public MainPage()

{

this.InitializeComponent();

docking.Loaded += Docking_Loaded;

}

private void Docking_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

{

docking.ActivateWindow(SolutionExplorer);

}

Activate particular child window in Docking Manager

Adding Window Programmatically

Any UI element can be added inside the SfDockingManager as its child windows. The windows are added as Dock windows, since the default value of the DockState is Dock. The UI element is added in the SfDockingManager using the Add method of the DockItems property of the SfDockingManager.

For example, ContentControl is added as a window for SfDockingManager.

SfDockingManager DockingManager1 = new SfDockingManager();

ContentControl content1 = new ContentControl();

SfDockingManager.SetHeader(content1, "Window1");

ContentControl content2 = new ContentControl();

SfDockingManager.SetHeader(content2, "Window2");

ContentControl content3 = new ContentControl();

SfDockingManager.SetHeader(content3, "Window3");

ContentControl content4 = new ContentControl();

SfDockingManager.SetHeader(content4, "Window4");

ContentControl content5 = new ContentControl();

SfDockingManager.SetHeader(content5, "Window5");

DockingManager1.DockItems.Add(content1);

DockingManager1.DockItems.Add(content2);

DockingManager1.DockItems.Add(content3);

DockingManager1.DockItems.Add(content4);

DockingManager1.DockItems.Add(content5);

Displayed dock windows in Docking Manager

Hiding Window Programmatically

To hide the window, set DockState AttachedProperty of the SfDockingManager as Hidden.

SfDockingManager.SetDockState(content1, DockState.Hidden);

Hide child windows in Docking Manager

Customizing Docking window

A Docking window can be customized using the property DockWindowCaptionBackground, DockWindowCaptionForeground, DockWindowCaptionFontFamily and DockWindowCaptionMargin with the desired values.

<layout:SfDockingManager DockWindowCaptionBackground="Red" DockWindowCaptionForeground="Yellow">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock1" Content="Content 1"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock2" Content="Content 2"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock3" Content="Content 3"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customized dock window in Docking Manager

Customizing Active Docking Window

Active docking window can be customized using the property DockWindowActiveForeground, DockWindowActiveBackground with desired brush values.

<layout:SfDockingManager DockWindowActiveForeground="Red" DockWindowActiveBackground="Green">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock1"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock2"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customized active dock window in Docking Manager

Customizing Inactive Document window

ForeColor and BackColor of Inactive document window can be customized using the properties DocumentTabItemBackground, DocumentTabItemForeground with the desired values.

<layout:SfDockingManager x:Name="dockingmanager" DocumentTabItemBackground="#FF353535" DocumentTabItemForeground="White">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 1" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 2" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 3" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 4" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customized inactive document window in Docking Manager

Customizing Selected Document window

Selected Document window can be customized using the property DocumentTabItemSelectedBackground, DocumentTabItemSelectedForeground with desired brush values. Font size of the selected document window can be customized through DocumentTabItemSelectedFontSize property of DockingManager.

<layout:SfDockingManager x:Name="dockingmanager" DocumentTabItemSelectedBackground="DarkBlue" DocumentTabItemSelectedForeground="White" DocumentTabItemSelectedFontSize="20">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 1" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 2" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 3" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item 4" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customized active document window in Docking Manager

Customizing Floating Window

The float window can be customized by setting FloatWindowBackground, FloatWindowActiveBackground, FloatWindowContentBackground, FloatWindowContentForeground, FloatWindowBorderBrush, FloatWindowBorderThickness, FloatWindowCaptionBackground, FloatWindowContentBorderBrush, FloatWindowContentMargin and FloatWindowContentBorderThickness properties with the required values.

<layout:SfDockingManager FloatWindowBackground="Pink" FloatWindowActiveBackground="Green">

<ContentControl Content="Content 1" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Dock1"
                                    layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Float"/>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Toolbox"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customized float window in Docking Manager

Handling state changing of DockingManager child element

DockStateChanging event will raise whenever the child element changing its State. StateChanging of child element can now be restricted by setting args.Cancel to true. “args” represents the event argument of DockStateChangingEventArgs for DockStateChanging event. The default value of args.Cancel is false.

<syncfusion:SfDockingManager Name="docking" DockStateChanging="docking_DockStateChanging">

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="Solution Explorer"  syncfusion:SfDockingManager.SideInDockedMode="Right"  syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DesiredWidthInDockedMode="200"/>

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="Toolbox" syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DesiredWidthInDockedMode="200"/>

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="MainPage.xaml.cs" syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="MainPage.xaml" syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</syncfusion:SfDockingManager>
private void docking_DockStateChanging(object sender, DockStateChangingEventArgs args)

{

FrameworkElement element = args.TargetElement as FrameworkElement;

if (SfDockingManager.GetHeader(element) == "Toolbox")

{

args.Cancel = true;

}

}

Restricting DockingManager child element closing

State of the child element will change to Hidden while closing it. It can be restricted by changing the value of args.Cancel to true. The following code describes how to handle the closing of a child using DockStateChanging event.

<syncfusion:SfDockingManager Name="docking" DockStateChanging="docking_DockStateChanging">

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="Solution Explorer"  syncfusion:SfDockingManager.SideInDockedMode="Right"  syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DesiredWidthInDockedMode="200"/>

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="Toolbox" syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DesiredWidthInDockedMode="200"/>

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="MainPage.xaml.cs" syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

<ContentControl syncfusion:SfDockingManager.Header="MainPage.xaml" syncfusion:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</syncfusion:SfDockingManager>
private void docking_DockStateChanging(object sender, DockStateChangingEventArgs args)

{

if (args.NewState == DockState.Hidden)

{

args.Cancel = true;

}

}

Enable/Disable Dragging a Window

The AttachedProperty IsDragEnabled helps to enable or disable the dragging functionality of a window by setting its value as true or false respectively. By default, IsDragEnabled value is true. This functionality can be disabled by setting its value as false.

<layout:SfDockingManager>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1"
                layout:SfDockingManager.IsDragEnabled="false"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customizing Hint Shadow Fill Color

The fill color of hint shadow/dock preview element can be customized using DockPreviewColor property of SfDockingManager.

<layout:SfDockingManager DockPreviewColor="Red" >

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1" />

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Customized docking hint shadow color in Docking Manager

Sizing Docking Windows

SfDockingManager allows to set the desired width and height for the docking windows.

The desired height and width can be set for the Dock windows through the AttachedProperty DesiredWidthInDockedMode and DesiredHeightInDockedMode with the desired values.

<layout:SfDockingManager>

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1"
                layout:SfDockingManager.DesiredHeightInDockedMode="400"
				layout:SfDockingManager.DesiredWidthInDockedMode="300"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Change the width and height for dock window in DockingManager

Occupy Whole Window

To arrange the dock windows to a whole available space in the SfDockingManager, set DockFill property of SfDockingManager as true.

<layout:SfDockingManager DockFill="true">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Arranged dock windows to available space in Docking Manager

Enable/Disable ContextMenus

SfDockingManager provides ContextMenu’s for docking, floating, auto hiding and document windows.

Enable/Disable context menu for docking, floating, auto hiding windows

Docking, floating and auto hiding windows have a ContextMenu button that contains options for switching between states. The button can be enabled/disabled using ShowMenuButton property. By default, ShowMenuButton value is true. This functionality can be disabled by setting its value as false.

<layout:SfDockingManager ShowMenuButton="false">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Enabled context menu for dock, float and auto hide windows in Docking Manager

Enable/Disable ContextMenu for Document windows

Document windows have a ContextMenu button, that contains options for switching between TabItems. The button can be enabled/disabled using ShowDocumentTabStripMenu property. By default, ShowDocumentTabStripMenu value is true. This functionality can be disabled by setting its value as false.

<layout:SfDockingManager ShowDocumentTabStripMenu="true">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1"
                layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Enabled context menu for document windows in Docking Manager

Enable/Disable context menu of DocumentTabItems

One or more DocumentTabItems can be closed using Document TabItem ContextMenu. This ContextMenu can be enabled/disabled through ShowDocumentTabItemContextMenu property. By default, ShowDocumentTabItemContextMenu value is true. This functionality can be disabled by setting its value as false.

<layout:SfDockingManager ShowDocumentTabItemContextMenu="true">

<ContentControl layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Item1"
                layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Enabled context menu for document tab items in Docking Manager