WinForms Toolbox Control (Coming soon in v15.2)

Thinking Out Loud
19 November 2015

Last week I announced the upcoming release of our WinForms and WPF Diagram Control. A "by-product" of our investments in a Diagram component is our new Toolbox Control. As you can see in the image below, it can be used as a "toolbox" but also offers unique UX options for those of you with complex navigation requirements.

WinForms and WPF Toolbox Control

And yes, I know, we have a number of navigation oriented controls and it can be hard to choose the right one - As mentioned before, if you do not need a toolbox but do need additional flexibility when building your app, the Toolbox Control might be the right choice for you. It ships with the following features:

  • Multiple Item support
  • Item Groups/Categories
  • Search Box
  • Ability to minimize the control.
  • Quick access to item groups via a menu.
  • Extended events for handling drag & drop operations.

I want to quickly elaborate on the last item...When it comes to drag & drop, the Toolbox Control includes:

A DragItemStart event - which notifies that the drag & drop process has started and allows you to specify a preview-image (like shape previews used by our Diagram Control).

A DragItemMove event - which allows you to manage mouse cursor state and provide users with visual feedback (whether they can perform a drop action at the current position).

A DragItemDrop event - which allows you to handle a drop action;


We'd love to get your feedback on the new WinForms Toolbox Control. How likely are you use this in your next project?

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Heiko Mueller
Heiko Mueller

Very nice... Many usefull cases come to my mind.

20 November 2015

You all make it really hard to switch to WPF! :(

21 November 2015
Simon Hewitt
Simon Hewitt

Just spent nearly three days building a Layout/handler based toolbar so I could do drag-n-drop to/from it with custom images/cursors!

Finally got it working perfectly then I find this is coming!

Isn't that always the way. Will find this useful - thanks.

23 November 2015
Noufal Aboobacker 1
Noufal Aboobacker 1

I think this control must be provided for wpf as well.

25 November 2015
Alexander Rus (DevExpress Support)
Alexander Russkov (DevExpress)

Thank you guys for all your feedback! I am happy to hear that you find this control useful. As for the WPF version, we will take your suggestion into account while planning future releases.

26 November 2015
Mario Sifuentes 4
Mario Sifuentes 4

If this control would have been able to search for all input words in any order, it would be great.

I had to make my own control to obtain this feature.

For others purposes, this control is very nice.

17 June 2016

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