Thank you for your suggestion.
The DockingManager works with floating ToolWindows, just like VS2005 tools. We are not sure that we will change this behavior to support minimize/maximize/close buttons, because it makes no sense to maximize the tools window.
May be you are in need of TabbedDocument layout, or even MDI:
- In TabbedDocument layout, the idea is the same as the documents you open in VS2005, which support Close functionality. The documents appear in a tabstrip fashion on top, or on the side. You can review the TabbedDocument example under RadDock section for more information on this layout.
- MDI, on the other hand, is the layout you would see in Word, Excel and Photoshop when you open multiple documents. There you have minimize, maximize and close buttons. Our RadRibbonBar support MDI layout and you can review the respective example under RadRibbonBar section.
These are standard implementations and providing similar functionality across different layouts will prove to be confusing to the end user.
Still, if we have other clients who need Minimize, Maximize, Close functionality in RadDock, we will consider adding the feature.
I hope this helps.
the Telerik team