WinForms Layout Control Enhancements (Coming soon in v15.2)

Thinking Out Loud
10 November 2015
In our upcoming release, we've extended the capabilities of our form layout control with the following enhancements - all designed to make layout customization easier and more intuitive.


During resize operations, you can view current item size within a tooltip for precise item positioning.

WinForms Form Layout Customization

In addition, the DevExpress Layout Control highlights items (in red - ok, I admit, it's really pink) that cannot be resized due to size constraints. This feature is disabled by default. It can be enabled via LayoutControl.OptionsView.DrawAdornerLayer.

WinForms Form Layout Customization Constraints


The new Search box within the Customization Form makes it extremely easy to locate items within your form layout. You simply enter the item's name and the Layout Control will highlight the appropriate item automatically.
This functionality was implemented using the DevExpress Search Control (

WinForms Form Layout Control - Search

Visual Enhancements

With v15.2, we’ve modified selected item style when in customization mode. These items are now painted using a sky blue color. During drag & drop operations, item drop position uses the color azure.


We'd love to hear your thoughts on these new enhancements. Let us know what you think.

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