Getting Started with Windows Forms LayoutManagers
8 Oct 2020 / 3 minutes to read
This section explains how to add the
BorderLayout control in a Windows Forms application and overview its basic functionalities.
Refer to the control dependencies section to get the list of assemblies or NuGet package needs to be added as reference to use the control in any application.
Find more details about installing the nuget packages in a Windows Forms application in the following link: How to install nuget packages.
Creating the project
Create a new Windows Forms project in Visual Studio to display the
BorderLayout with basic functionalities.
Adding the BorderLayout control through designer
BorderLayout control can be added to an application by dragging it from the toolbox to designer view. The following required assembly reference will be added automatically.
To add the form as a container control of the
Yes in pop up, from which it appears automatically before BorderLayout is added.
Adding layout components
The child controls can be added to layout by dragging it from the toolbox to designer view.
Adding the BorderLayout control through code
BorderLayout control can be created programmatically as described below.
Step 1: Create a C# or VB.NET application through Visual Studio.
Step 2: Add the following required assembly references to the project
Step 3: Include the required namespace.
Step 4: Create an instance of the
BorderLayout control, and set container control as form.
BorderLayout borderLayout1 = new BorderLayout(); this.borderLayout1.ContainerControl = this;
Dim borderLayout1 As BorderLayout = New BorderLayout() Me.borderLayout1.ContainerControl = Me
Adding layout components
The child controls can be added to layout by simply adding it to form since the form is its container control.
ButtonAdv buttonAdv1 = new ButtonAdv(); ButtonAdv buttonAdv2 = new ButtonAdv(); ButtonAdv buttonAdv3 = new ButtonAdv(); this.buttonAdv1.Text = "buttonAdv1"; this.buttonAdv2.Text = "buttonAdv2"; this.buttonAdv3.Text = "buttonAdv3"; this.buttonAdv1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Top; this.buttonAdv2.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Left; this.buttonAdv3.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Right; this.Controls.Add(this.buttonAdv1); this.Controls.Add(this.buttonAdv2); this.Controls.Add(this.buttonAdv3);
Dim buttonAdv1 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv() Dim buttonAdv3 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv() Dim buttonAdv3 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv() Me.buttonAdv1.Text = "buttonAdv1" Me.buttonAdv2.Text = "buttonAdv2" Me.buttonAdv3.Text = "buttonAdv3" Me.buttonAdv1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Top Me.buttonAdv2.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Left Me.buttonAdv3.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Right Me.Controls.Add(this.buttonAdv1) Me.Controls.Add(this.buttonAdv2) Me.Controls.Add(this.buttonAdv3)