Getting Started with Windows Forms GridLayout

17 Nov 20213 minutes to read

This section explains how to add the GridLayout control in a Windows Forms application and overview its basic functionalities.

Assembly deployment

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 GridLayout with basic functionalities.

Through Designer

The GridLayout 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.

  • Syncfusion.Shared.Base.dll

Drag and drop GridLayout from toolbox

A pop-up will appear automatically to add the form as a container control of the GridLayout.

Alert message to add GridLayout as Container control to form

Adding layout components through designer

The child controls can be added to the layout by dragging it from the toolbox to designer view.

Adding child controls in GridLayout

Through code

The GridLayout control can be created programmatically using the following steps:

Step 1: Create a C# or VB.NET application through Visual Studio.

Step 2: Add the following required assembly reference to the project:


Step 3: Include the required namespace.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools;
Imports Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools

Step 4: Create a GridLayout control instance, and get the ContainerControl as form.

GridLayout gridLayout1 = new GridLayout();

this.gridLayout1.ContainerControl = this;
Dim gridLayout1 As GridLayout = New GridLayout()

Me.gridLayout1.ContainerControl = Me

Adding layout components through code

The child controls can be added to the layout by adding them to the form as layout members using the SetParticipateInLayout method.

ButtonAdv buttonAdv1 = new ButtonAdv();
ButtonAdv buttonAdv2 = new ButtonAdv();
ButtonAdv buttonAdv3 = new ButtonAdv();
ButtonAdv buttonAdv4 = new ButtonAdv();

this.buttonAdv1.Text = "buttonAdv1";
this.buttonAdv2.Text = "buttonAdv2";
this.buttonAdv3.Text = "buttonAdv3";
this.buttonAdv4.Text = "buttonAdv3";


this.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(this.buttonAdv1, true);
this.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(this.buttonAdv2, true);
this.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(this.buttonAdv3, true);
this.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(this.buttonAdv4, true);
Dim buttonAdv1 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv()
Dim buttonAdv3 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv()
Dim buttonAdv3 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv()
Dim buttonAdv4 As ButtonAdv = New ButtonAdv()

Me.buttonAdv1.Text = "buttonAdv1"
Me.buttonAdv2.Text = "buttonAdv2"
Me.buttonAdv3.Text = "buttonAdv3"
Me.buttonAdv4.Text = "buttonAdv4"


Me.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(Me.buttonAdv1, true)
Me.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(Me.buttonAdv2, true)
Me.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(Me.buttonAdv3, true)
Me.gridLayout1.SetParticipateInLayout(Me.buttonAdv4, true)

Adding child controls in GridLayout