WinForms Navigation - Accordion Control (Coming soon in v15.1)

Thinking Out Loud
21 May 2015

Webster defines an Accordion as:

a portable keyboard wind instrument in which the wind is forced past free reeds by means of a hand-operated bellows

DevExpress defines an Accordion as:

A new WinForms Control that extends the capabilities found in our existing XtraNavBar control. The Accordion Control allows you to create a full-featured NavBar with multiple items (actions). Items can be combined into groups. Groups can contain nested groups so you can create an advanced hierarchical navigation menu.

Features include:

  • Unlimited number of hierarchy levels
  • Items can display images and text
  • Context buttons
  • Item headers can display custom controls
  • Item selection
  • Group expansion/collapse animation (one or multiple groups can be expanded simultaneously)
  • Built-in search

WinForms Navigation - Accordion Style NavBar

Both Accordions are cool but only one runs on Windows. Tell us what you think - is this something you might use in your next WinForms app?

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8 comment(s)
Saif Khan
Saif Khan

I see myself using this in XAF.

21 May 2015
Log fms dev
Log fms dev

Is this new control react with user control and also, the collapse/expand button can be placed at left ?

21 May 2015
Benoit Sauvé
Benoit Sauvé

I will use it as soon as possible! Great control!

22 May 2015
Steven Spyrka
Steven Spyrka

Yes, awesome!

23 May 2015
Dennis (DevExpress)
Dennis (DevExpress)

@Saif: To that end, would you please take a moment and post a few specific use-case scenarios? Knowing more on your requirements we’ll be in a better position to describe the options available to you or consider new capabilities in a future XAF release. Thanks in advance!

26 May 2015
Tomas Juricek 3443
Tomas Juricek 3443

Cannot find it in Win Demos (15.1.2). Whare can I find it?

27 May 2015
Johnny K
John K


the Adorner UI Manager

the SDI pages

the camera library

and map layouts one if not THE BEST new feature of 15.1!!!

3 more controls are missing for the collection:

1 a chat control (for social apps)

1 attachment control described here:

1 a round picture control decribed here:

3 June 2015

Hi , This is a good development.

Will this mimic the real accordion , we are especially interested if this control will hold a datagrid with data and  this can be minimized or maxmized to show or hide the grid data .

27 July 2015

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