Dock-Based UX for WinForms

Visual Studio inspired Docking and MDI

The DevExpress Docking Library includes dozens of UI/UX options, which allow you to create Microsoft Visual Studio inspired Dock Window interfaces with absolute ease. Dock hints and built-in context menus make docking operations straightforward and transparent.

All panel arrangement tasks you can imagine are easily accomplished via simple drag and drop operations. Our WinForms Docking Library includes built-in support for auto-hide windows, splitters, tab containers, and dock hints.

We've used DevExpress Controls for a few years now and are more than happy with it. There's never been a problem we can't solve with DevExpress. It saves us a lot of time and helps us make a good impression on our customers. Fredy Wenger / CEO and founder MATRIX Solutions AG
WinForms Docking Library | DevExpress

Auto-Hide & Floating Panels

Pin a panel or make it stay on top.

Dock panels replicate the auto-hide functionality introduced by Visual Studio. In this mode, an auto-hide panel is automatically minimized when the mouse pointer leaves its region.

Using drag-and-drop, you can dock any panel to any edge of a parent container or to other dock panels, or you can make any panel float over other controls. A floating panel is always on top of all other panels.

And yes, our Docking Library includes tab and split panel containers so that you can efficiently ogranize dock windows.

Auto-Hide Panels - WinForms Docking Library | DevExpress

Save/Resore Layouts

Save and load runtime customizations made by users.

You can save layout information to a XML file, stream or system registry, and then restore it. This information may include the visibility, position, state, size of dock panels, etc.

Been a customer a long time and have never been disappointed with the quality of work or service we've gotten from DevExpress. Their support team is amazing and usually answer our questions in less than a day. Robert Fahey / .NET Developer, Adacel
Save and Resore Layouts - WinForms Docking Library | DevExpress

Layout Assistant

Faster and easier way to create forms

The DevExpress WinForms installer automatically adds our Layout Assistant Extension to Visual Studio. When enabled, the extension provides smart tags and links for forms and user controls. It also allows you to add DevExpress UI controls to your form areas with a simple mouse click.

Since I've been using DevExpress, developing has become a lot easier and more important--a lot more fun. And, whenever you have a question, just contact DevExpress Support and you know a solution is near. David De Kegel
WinForms Layout Assistant | DevExpress

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Additional Info

WinForms Themes and App Skins

The DevExpress WinForms Subscription ships with over 50 custom designed and highly polished themes for your next WinForms application. You can use each of these themes easily, without modification or manipulate them using our free WinForms Skin-Theme Editor application. Learn more

Touch Enabled User Experience

Deliver elegant, touch-enabled WinForms applications using the platform you know and love. The WinForms Subscription helps you leverage your current investments and address customer needs via a comprehensive range of WinForms controls that support touch on both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Sec 508 and Accessibility

The DevExpress WinForms Subscription makes it easy to create WinForms applications that meet government regulations regarding accessibility. Sec 508 and Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 support is available for key DevExpress WinForms controls. Download VPAT

Straightforward Localization

All DevExpress WinForms controls can be localized using satellite resource assemblies. DevExpress delivers satellite assemblies for a large variety of languages and cultures. To help you get started, resource files for four cultures are included in our installation: German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. If you need to modify our shipping resources or create satellite assemblies for a different language, simply use our Online Localization Service, a free tool for our active WinForms subscribers. Online Localization Service

Testing Support

The DevExpress Universal Subscription includes built-in support for Microsoft's CodedUI. Unlike many vendors claiming support for Coded UI through the simple use of MSAA, DevExpress controls go the extra mile to make certain that individual controls fully comply with Microsoft's testing framework. We don't simply support Coded UI; we support it to the maximum extent possible. Note: CodedUI support requires purchase of the DevExpress Universal Subscription. Learn more

MVVM Framework

The DevExpress MVVM Framework ships with features that are absent in WinForms, but essential to MVVM development. These missing features include bindings, commands, UI triggers, behaviors etc. Our Framework includes all of these along with a straightforward API to make WinForms app development more efficient. Learn more