Configuring FlowLayout in Windows Forms LayoutManagers

28 Jan 2019 / 4 minutes to read

Layout mode

The core function of FlowLayout is to layout the child controls either horizontally or vertically. The following property will be in effect for both the scenarios.

FlowLayoutProperties Description
LayoutMode Specifies the layout mode of the child controls. The default value is `Horizontal`. The options included are horizontal and vertical.
this.flowLayout1.LayoutMode = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.FlowLayoutMode.Vertical;
Me.flowLayout1.LayoutMode = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.FlowLayoutMode.Vertical

Vertical flow layout


Child controls can be prevented from being laid out using the FlowLayout manager. This can be done using the following methods.

Methods Description
GetParticipateInLayout Indicates whether the component is in the layout list.
SetParticipateInLayout Adds or removes the specified control from the layout list.

The following code is used to add or remove the child control from the FlowLayout list programmatically.


HGap and VGap

The horizontal and vertical gaps between the child controls can be set using the following properties.

FlowLayoutProperty Description
HGap Specifies the horizontal spacing between the layout border and the components.
VGap Specifies the vertical spacing between the layout border and the components.
this.flowLayout1.HGap = 20;

this.flowLayout1.VGap = 20;
Me.flowLayout1.HGap = 20

Me.flowLayout1.VGap = 20

Horizontal and vertical gaps between child controls in flow layout


The height of the container control can be automatically increased when there is lack in space to show the child components in the horizontal alignment mode. This is used to enforce the minimum height on container controls and forms.

FlowLayout Property Description
AutoHeight Specifies whether the container’s height should be enforced to minimum when in horizontal alignment mode.
this.flowLayout1.AutoHeight = true;
Me.flowLayout1.AutoHeight = True

Layout direction

The FlowLayout allows you layout the child controls in opposite direction (right to left or bottom to top).

FlowLayout Property Description
ReverseRows Specifies to layout rows in opposite direction(right to left or bottom to top).
this.flowLayout1.ReverseRows = true;
Me.flowLayout1.ReverseRows = True

Child controls arranged in reverse direction


The Alignment property is used to specify whether the current layout logic should be simple or constraint-based.


Alignment is applied only along the direction of flow. For example, if the LayoutMode property is set to ‘Horizontal’ and the Alignment property is set to ‘Center’, then the rows will be centered horizontally.

FlowLayout Property Description
Alignment Specifies the alignment of layout components in the direction of flow. The options included are Center, Near, Far, and ChildConstraints.
this.flowLayout1.Alignment = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.FlowAlignment.Near;
Me.flowLayout1.Alignment = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.FlowAlignment.Near

Left aligned child controls in flow layout

When you specify the alignment of FlowLayout as ChildConstraints, the layout manager uses a constraint-based layout logic based on the constraints specified on each child component. During design time, the constraints can be specified for each child control through the following extended property.

FlowLayout property Description
Constraints on flowLayout Specifies the alignment of layout components in the direction of flow when the alignment property is set to `ChildConstraints`.
this.flowLayout1.Alignment = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.FlowAlignment.ChildConstraints;
Me.flowLayout1.Alignment = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.FlowAlignment.ChildConstraints

Child controls aligned with custom constraints