Appearance in Windows Forms Docking Manager

The UI for dock, float, and auto hide windows of the docking manager can be changed using different styles. You can customize the appearance of docked, float, tabbed, and auto hide window in the docking manager.

Visual styles

Visual styles provide rich and professional look and feel UI for the dock windows. Some of the available VisualStyles are as follows:

  • Default
  • Office2003
  • Office2007
  • Office2007Outlook
  • Office2010
  • OfficeXP
  • VS2003
  • VS2005
  • Metro
  • Office2016Colorful
  • Office2016White
  • Office2016DarkGray
  • Office2016Black

The visual style can be applied for the docking manager using the VisualStyle property. The following code example illustrates how to change the visual style for the docking manager.

Default

This option helps to set the default style.

// Default

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Default;
'Default

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Default

DockingManager for Windows Forms

Office2003

This option helps to set the Office2003 style.

// Office2003

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2003;
'Office2003

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2003

Office 2003 theme DockingManager

Office2007

This option helps to set the Office2007 style.

// Office2007

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2007;
'Office2007

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2007

Office 2007 theme DockingManager

Office2007Outlook

This option helps to set the Office2007Outlook style.

// Office2007Outlook

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2007Outlook;
'Office2007Outlook

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2007Outlook

Office 2007 Outlook style DockingManager

Office2010

This option helps to set the Office2010 style.

// Office2010

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2010;
'Office2010

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2010

Office 2010 theme DockingManager

OfficeXP

This option helps to set the OfficeXP style.

// OfficeXP

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.OfficeXP;
'OfficeXP

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.OfficeXP

Office XP theme DockingManager

VS2005

This option helps to set the VS2005 style.

// VS2005

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.VS2005;
'VS2005

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.VS2005

Visual Studio 2005 theme DockingManager

VS2010

This option helps to set the VS2010 style.

// VS2010

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.VS2010;
'VS2010

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.VS2010

Visual Studio 2010 theme DockingManager

Metro

This option helps to set the Metro style.

// Metro

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Metro;
'Metro

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Metro

Metro theme DockingManager

Office2016Colorful

This option helps to set the Office2016Colorful style.

// Office2016Colorful

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016Colorful;
'Office2016Colorful

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016Colorful

Office2016 Colorful theme DockingManager

Office2016White

This option helps to set the Office2016White style.

// Office2016White

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016White;
'Office2016White

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016White

Office2016 white theme DockingManager

Office2016DarkGray

This option helps to set the Office2016DarkGray style.

// Office2016DarkGray

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016DarkGray;
'Office2016DarkGray

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016DarkGray

Office2016 DrakGray theme DockingManager

Office2016Black

This option helps to set the Office2016Black style.

// Office2016Black

this.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016Black;
'Office2016Black

Me.dockingManager1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.VisualStyle.Office2016Black

Office2016 Black theme DockingManager

Office 2007 color scheme

The docking manager supports all the three-color schemes in Office2007 visual style. This can be controlled using the Office2007Theme property.

this.dockingManager1.Office2007Theme = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Office2007Theme.Silver;
Me.dockingManager1.Office2007Theme = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Office2007Theme.Silver

Office2007 silver theme DockingManager

Office 2010 color scheme

Th docking manager supports all the three-color schemes in Office2010 visual style. This can be controlled using the Office2010Theme property.

this.dockingManager1.Office2010Theme = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Office2010Theme.Black;
Me.dockingManager1.Office2010Theme = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Office2010Theme.Black

Office2010 Black theme DockingManager

Custom color schemes

Custom colors can be applied for Office2007 and Office2010 styles in the docking manager.

Custom Office 2007 color scheme

Custom colors can also be applied for Office2007 by setting the Managed style of Office2007Theme.

dockingManager1.Office2007Theme = Office2007Theme.Managed;

Office2007Colors.ApplyManagedColors(this, Color.Red);
dockingManager1.Office2007Theme = Office2007Theme.Managed

Office2007Colors.ApplyManagedColors(Me, Color.Red)

Office2007 Red theme DockingManager

Custom Office 2010 color scheme

Custom colors can be applied for Office2010 by setting the Managed style of Office2010Theme.

dockingManager1.Office2010Theme = Office2010Theme.Managed;

Office2010Colors.ApplyManagedColors(this, Color.Green);
dockingManager1.Office2010Theme = Office2010Theme.Managed

Office2010Colors.ApplyManagedColors(Me, Color.Green)

Customize dock window

In docking manager, you can customize the background, foreground, and font of docked or dockable window.

Customize caption

The dock and float window caption bar BackColor, ForeColor, and Font Style can be customized by using the following properties of the docking manager. This customization can be applied for both active and inactive docked or dockable window.

Docking manager property Description

ActiveCaptionBackground

Sets background for the caption area using BrushInfo object.

InActiveCaptionBackground

Sets caption background of the inactive docked control using BrushInfo object.

ActiveCaptionForeGround

Indicates the color of the caption text in the active state.

InActiveCaptionForeGround

Indicates the color of the caption text in inactive state.

ActiveCaptionFont

Gets or sets the font for the active caption.

InActiveCaptionFont

Gets or sets the font of the inactive caption.

NOTE

These settings will effect only with DockingManager.VisualStyle property that is set as default.

this.dockingManager1.ActiveCaptionBackground = new Syncfusion.Drawing.BrushInfo(Syncfusion.Drawing.PatternStyle.Percent20, System.Drawing.Color.Red, System.Drawing.Color.Red);

this.dockingManager1.InActiveCaptionBackground = new Syncfusion.Drawing.BrushInfo(Syncfusion.Drawing.GradientStyle.Horizontal, System.Drawing.Color.Green, System.Drawing.Color.Green);

this.dockingManager1.ActiveCaptionForeGround = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow;

this.dockingManager1.InActiveCaptionForeGround = System.Drawing.Color.Violet;

this.dockingManager1.ActiveCaptionFont = new System.Drawing.Font("Trebuchet MS", 9.75F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((System.Byte)(0)));

this.dockingManager1.InActiveCaptionFont = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 11.25F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((System.Byte)(0)));
this.dockingManager1.ActiveCaptionBackground = new Syncfusion.Drawing.BrushInfo(Syncfusion.Drawing.PatternStyle.Percent20, System.Drawing.Color.Red, System.Drawing.Color.Red);

Me.dockingManager1.InActiveCaptionBackground = new Syncfusion.Drawing.BrushInfo(Syncfusion.Drawing.GradientStyle.Horizontal, System.Drawing.Color.Green, System.Drawing.Color.Green);

Me.DockingManager1.ActiveCaptionForeGround = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow

Me.DockingManager1.InActiveCaptionForeGround = System.Drawing.Color.Violet

Me.dockingManager1.ActiveCaptionFont = New System.Drawing.Font("Trebuchet MS", 9.75!, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))

Me.DockingManager1.InActiveCaptionFont = New System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 11.25!, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))

DockingManager with different active and inactive caption color

Customize border

The border color of the docked controls can be customized by using the BorderColor property of the docking manager.

NOTE

The PaintBorders property must be enabled to effect this setting.

//Setting Border color

this.dockingManager1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;

this.dockingManager1.PaintBorders = true;
'Setting border color

Me.dockingManager1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red

Me.dockingManager1.PaintBorders = True

Dock windows with red border in DockingManager

HostFormClientBorder

By using the HostFormClientBorder property of the docking manager, you can enable or disable the border that is drawn around the host form’s client rectangle. The default value of HostFormClientBorder is true. To disable the border of HostForm, turn its value to false.

this.dockingManager1.HostFormClientBorder = false;
Me.dockingManager1.HostFormClientBorder = False

DockingManager without border in empty space

Customize Caption Height

The height of dock and float window caption can be customized using the CaptionHeight property.

//Setting Caption Height

this.dockingManager1.CaptionHeight = 40;
'Setting Caption Height

Me.DockingManager1.CaptionHeight = 40

Increased dock window caption height in DockingManager

NOTE

The CaptionHeight property will not applicable for Default and VS2005 visual style of docking manager. The maximum value of CaptionHeight is 60.

Customize tabs in dock window

The docking manager provides tab and label settings for the docked windows. These settings allow you to control the appearance of dock tabs.

Foreground settings for dock tabs

The font style and height of the tab controls in a tabbed docking group can be controlled by using the following properties respectively.

Docking manager property Description

DockTabFont

This property helps to customize the font of tab control used in the tabbed docking group.

DockTabHeight

This property helps to customize the tab control used in the tabbed docking group.

DockTabForeColor

This property helps to customize the header foreground color of inactive tab item in the dock window.

ActiveDockTabForeColor

This property helps to customize the header foreground color of active tab item in the dock window.

DockTabBackColor

This property helps to customize the header background color of inactive tab item in the dock window.

ActiveDockTabBackColor

This property helps to customize the header background color of active tab item in the dock window.

DockTabPanelBackColor

This property helps to customize the tab panel background color of tabbed dock window.

DockTabSeparatorColor

This property helps to customize the separator between tabs in the dock window.
this.dockingManager1.DockTabFont = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 9F, ((System.Drawing.FontStyle)((System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic | System.Drawing.FontStyle.Underline))), System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((System.Byte)(0)));

this.dockingManager1.DockTabHeight = 30;
Me.DockingManager1.DockTabFont = New System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 9.0!, CType((System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic Or System.Drawing.FontStyle.Underline), System.Drawing.FontStyle), System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))

Me.DockingManager1.DockTabHeight = 30

Increased tab height of tabbed dock windows

//Specifies the fore color of the Docked tab Control.

this.dockingManager1.DockTabForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
'Specifies the fore color of the Docked tab Control.

Me.dockingManager1.DockTabForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red

Customized tab foreground with tabbed dock window

this.dockingManager1.ActiveDockTabForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Purple;
Me.dockingManager1.ActiveDockTabForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Purple

Customized active tab foreground with tabbed dock window

this.dockingManager1.DockTabBackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow;
Me.dockingManager1.DockTabBackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow

Customized tab background with tabbed dock window

this.dockingManager1.ActiveDockTabBackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Green;
Me.dockingManager1.ActiveDockTabBackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Green

Customized active tab background with tabbed dock window

this.dockingManager1.DockTabPanelBackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Purple;
Me.dockingManager1.DockTabPanelBackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Purple

Customized tab panel background of tabbed dock window

this.dockingManager1.DockTabSeparatorColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
Me.dockingManager1.DockTabSeparatorColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red

Customized seperator between the tabs in tabbed dock window

NOTE

ResetDockTabFont, ResetDockTabHeight, and ResetDockTabForeColor functions allow you to reset the above settings.

//Restoring to default settings

this.dockingManager1.ResetDockTabFont();

this.dockingManager1.ResetDockTabHeight();

this.dockingManager1.ResetDockTabForeColor();
'Restoring to default settings

Me.dockingManager1.ResetDockTabFont()

Me.dockingManager1.ResetDockTabHeight()

Me.dockingManager1.ResetDockTabForeColor()

Customize document(TDI) window

The appearance of document tab can be customized using the DocumentWindowSettings property of docking manager. DocumentWindowSettings provides options to change the tab background, foreground, font and much more.

Properties Descriptions

TabBackColor

Customizes the header background color of inactive tab items in document window.

ActiveTabBackColor

Customizes the header background color of active tab items in document window.

TabForeColor

Customizes the header foreground color of inactive tab items in the document window.

ActiveTabForeColor

Customizes the header foreground color of active tab item in the document window.

TabPanelBackColor

Customizes the background color of tab panel in document window.

TabPanelBorderColor

Customizes the border color of tab panel in document window.

ActiveTabFont

Customizes the header font of active tab items in document window.

TabFont

Customizes the header font of inactive tab items in document window.

TabHeight

Customizes the header height of tab items in document window. The maximum height is 60.
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabBackColor = Color.SteelBlue;
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.ActiveTabBackColor = Color.Green;
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabForeColor = Color.SeaShell;
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.ActiveTabForeColor = Color.Pink;
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Purple;
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabPanelBorderColor = Color.Green;
Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabBackColor = Color.SteelBlue
 Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.ActiveTabBackColor = Color.Green
 Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabForeColor = Color.SeaShell
 Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.ActiveTabForeColor = Color.Pink
 Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Purple
 Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabPanelBorderColor = Color.Green

Document window with color customization

this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabHeight = 38;
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabFont = new Font("Arial", 9, FontStyle.Italic);
this.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.ActiveTabFont = new Font("Automatic", 9, FontStyle.Bold);
Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabHeight = 38 Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.TabFont = New Font("Arial", 9, FontStyle.Italic)
Me.dockingManager1.DocumentWindowSettings.ActiveTabFont = New Font("Automatic", 9, FontStyle.Bold)

Document window with font and height customization

Customize auto hide window

In docking manager, you can customize the AutoHidden window tabs foreground, font, and tab panel background color.

Customize auto hide tab

The font style of the auto hidden tabs can be customized by using the AutoHideTabFont property of the docking manager. The height of AutoHidden tab control can be customized by using the AutoHideTabHeight property.

NOTE

This setting will effect only when the DockingManager.VisualStyle property is set as default.

//Setting Auto hide tab Font style

this.dockingManager1.AutoHideTabFont = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 9.75F, ((System.Drawing.FontStyle)(((System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold | System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic) 

| System.Drawing.FontStyle.Underline))), System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((System.Byte)(0)));

//Setting Auto hide tab height

this.dockingManager1.AutoHideTabHeight = 35;
'Setting Auto hide tab Font style

Me.DockingManager1.AutoHideTabFont = New System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 9.75!, CType(((System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold Or System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic) _

Or System.Drawing.FontStyle.Underline), System.Drawing.FontStyle), System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, CType(0, Byte))

Me.DockingManager1.AutoHideTabHeight = 35

Customized tab height of auto hide windows

The fore color of the auto hidden tabs can be customized by using the AutoHideTabForeColor property.

//Setting Auto hide tab fore color

this.dockingManager1.AutoHideTabForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
'Setting Auto hide tab fore color

Me.dockingManager1.AutoHideTabForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red

Customized forecolor of tabs in auto hide windows

Customize auto hide panel

The background color of the auto hide window can be customized using the property named TabPanelBackcolor in the AHTabControl. All the auto hide TabControls can be get from the GetAHTabControl function of MainFormController by specifying the side of auto hide TabControl. The following code is used to customize the back color.

DockHost dockHost = this.dockingManager1.ControlsArray[0].Parent as DockHost; 

DockHostController dockHostController = dockHost.InternalController as DockHostController; 
 
MainFormController mainFormController = dockHostController.ParentController.ToplevelController as MainFormController; 
         
AHTabControl ahTabCtrlLeft = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Left); 

ahTabCtrlLeft.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Yellow; 

AHTabControl ahTabCtrlBottom = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Bottom); 

ahTabCtrlBottom.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Green; 

AHTabControl ahTabCtrlRight = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Right); 

ahTabCtrlRight.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Gray; 

AHTabControl ahTabCtrlTop = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Top); 

ahTabCtrlTop.TabPanelBackColor = Color.YellowGreen;
Dim dockHost As DockHost = TryCast(Me.panel1.Parent, DockHost)

Dim dockHostController As DockHostController = TryCast(dockHost.InternalController, DockHostController)

Dim mainFormController As MainFormController = TryCast(dockHostController.ParentController.ToplevelController, MainFormController)

Dim ahTabCtrlBottom As AHTabControl = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Bottom)

ahTabCtrlBottom.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Red

Dim ahTabCtrlLeft As AHTabControl = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Left)

ahTabCtrlLeft.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Green

Dim ahTabCtrlRight As AHTabControl = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Right)

ahTabCtrlRight.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Yellow

Dim ahTabCtrlTop As AHTabControl = mainFormController.GetAHTabControl(DockingStyle.Top)

ahTabCtrlTop.TabPanelBackColor = Color.Gray

Customized auto hide panel backcolor in DockingManager

Customization with Metro style

In the docking manager, you can customize the default caption color and button color of docked or dockable windows for metro style.

Changing the Metro style floating window border width

The border width of the floating form can be set according to the user requirement by using the MetroBorderWidth property.

//Setting border width of the floating form

this.dockingManager1.MetroBorderWidth = 10;
'Setting border width of the floating form

Me.dockingManager1.MetroBorderWidth = 10

Metro style float window with customized caption height in DockingManager

Show/hide dotted lines Metro style caption

The menu color and button color can be customized by using the MetroCaptionColor and MetroButtonColor properties that are present in the caption bar of the docking manager. The backcolor of active docked or dockable windows can be customized by the MetroColor property. You can enable or disable the dotted lines on the caption bar by using the ShowMetroCaptionDottedLines property.

//Gets or sets the color value of caption in metro style DockingManager.

this.dockingManager1.MetroCaptionColor = Color.Yellow;

//Gets or sets the color value of button in metro style DockingManager.

this.dockingManager1.MetroButtonColor = Color.Green;

//Setting active docked control back color

this.dockingManager1.MetroColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;

//Helps to disable the dotted lines showing on the CaptionBar

this.dockingManager1.ShowMetroCaptionDottedLines = false;
'Gets or sets the color value of caption in metro style DockingManager.

Me.dockingManager1.MetroCaptionColor = Color.Yellow

'Gets or sets the color value of button in metro style DockingManager.

Me.dockingManager1.MetroButtonColor = Color.Green

'Setting active docked control back color

Me.dockingManager1.MetroColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red

'Helps to disable the dotted lines showing on the CaptionBar

Me.dockingManager1.ShowMetroCaptionDottedLines = False

Customized dock window caption backcolor in DockingManager

See Also

Visual Styles

Change dock provider styles

The docking manager control helps to drag a docked control using the DragProviderStyle property. By setting this property, you can see arrows on four sides of the form when the control is dragged. These arrows guide you where the window should be docked. Keeping the mouse pointer on a particular arrow displays a shadow such as an appearance based on the side of docking.

The following are some of the available docking provider styles:

  • Standard (Default value: no arrows appears for this option)
  • VS2005
  • VS2008
  • VS2010
  • VS2012
  • Whidbey
  • Office2016Colorful
  • Office2016DarkGray
  • Office2016Black
this.dockingManager1.DragProviderStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DragProviderStyle.VS2008;
Me.dockingManager1.DragProviderStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.DragProviderStyle.VS2008
  • VS2005

Visual Studio 2005 style docking guides in DockingManager

  • VS2008

Visual Studio 2008 style docking guides in DockingManager

  • VS2010

Visual Studio 2010 style docking guides in DockingManager

  • VS2012

Visual Studio 2012 style docking guides in DockingManager

  • Whidbey

Customized docking guides in DockingManager

  • Office2016Colorful

Office2016 Colorful theme docking guides in DockingManager

  • Office2016DarkGray

Office2016 DarkGray theme docking guides in DockingManager

  • Office2016Black

Office2016 Black theme docking guides in DockingManager

Right-to-left

Docking manager control elements can be aligned in right-to-left layout when the HostControl RightToLeft value is set to yes.

//Enable the Right to Left 

this.dockingManager1.HostControl = this;

this.RightToLeft = RightToLeft.Yes;
l

'Enable the Right to Left 

Me.dockingManager1.HostControl = this

Me.RightToLeft = RightToLeft.Yes

Right to Left arranged dock windows in DockingManager