Getting Started

This section explains how to implement a similar UI as Visual Studio using the SfDockingManager.

Add SfDockingManager

There are several ways to add Syncfusion control in to the Visual Studio UWP project. The following will help to add a SfDockingManager control through XAML Code.

  • Create a UWP project in Visual Studio and refer to the following assemblies.
  1. Syncfusion.SfDockingManager.UWP

  2. Syncfusion.SfShared.UWP

  • Include an XML namespace for the above assemblies to the Main page.
<Page

x:Class="DockingManager_GettingStarted.MainPage"

xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"

xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"

xmlns:local="using:DockingManager_GettingStarted"

xmlns:layout="using:Syncfusion.UI.Xaml.Controls.Layout">
  • Now add the SfDockingManager control with a required optimal name by using the included namespace.
<layout:SfDockingManager x:Name="docking"/>

Add Children to SfDockingManager

SfDockingManager can accept any control as its children. Here five ContentControls have been added as the children of the SfDockingManager.

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

<ContentControl x:Name="SolutionExplorer"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="ToolBox"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="Properties"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="Output"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="StartPage"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Docking Manager displayed dock windows without header

Set Header for the Children

SfDockingManger provides an AttachedProperty Header, that helps to set the header for a child window. Set the Header Property value as “Solution Explorer” for the first child and repeat the same procedure for the remaining children with values “Toolbox”, “Properties”, ”Output” and ”Start Page”.

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

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

<ContentControl x:Name="ToolBox" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="ToolBox"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="Properties" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Properties"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="Output" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Output"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="StartPage" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Start Page"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Dock windows with header in DockingManager

Set State for the Children

SfDockingManager provides an AttachedProperty DockState, that helps to set the State of child windows. Since Dock is the default value of DockState, initially all the children will stay as Docking Window.

To Auto hide the “ToolBox” window, set its DockState property as AutoHidden. Repeat the same procedure with the DockState value as Float and Document for “Properties” and “Start Page” windows respectively to make them as Floating Window and Document Window.

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

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

<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"/>

<ContentControl x:Name="StartPage" layout:SfDockingManager.Header="Start Page" layout:SfDockingManager.DockState="Document"/>

</layout:SfDockingManager>

Dock, float and document windows in Docking Manager

Set Sides for the Children

SfDockingManager provides an attached property SideInDockedMode, that helps to dock a window at the required side. Since Left is the default value, initially all the windows are docked to left side.

Set the SideInDockedMode value as Right for “Solution Explorer” window to dock it on the right side.

The SideInDockedMode property’s Tabbed option is used to tab a window on another window. The tabbing windows need to be aware of the target window’s name. Set “Output” window’s TargetNameInDockedMode as “SolutionExplorer” to tab it on the “SolutionExplorer” window.

<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>

Docked windows over another window in Docking Manager