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meraj
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meraj asked on 24 Feb 2011, 10:07 AM
How can I ensure that a Form that has been docked to an MDIForm doesn't get docked a 2nd time?  That is, I need a Form to only be visible once.  I tried making it a singleton class, but calling the DockControl of the RadDock still added a same form , though one was an empty shell.

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Richard Slade
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answered on 24 Feb 2011, 10:46 AM
Hello Meraj,

Please have a look at this forum post which explains a few options in detail.
Hope that helps
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answered on 26 Feb 2011, 03:19 PM
Hi Richard,
My scenario is that i have a MDI form with menu and i am opening the form as per menu click .
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answered on 26 Feb 2011, 10:29 PM
Hello Meraj,

Here is a full exmaple for you using a MainForm (MDI Parent) and two child forms.
Hope this helps

Main.Designer.cs
namespace RadControlsWinFormsApp1
{
    partial class Main
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// Required designer variable.
        /// </summary>
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components;
  
        /// <summary>
        /// Clean up any resources being used.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }
  
        #region Windows Form Designer generated code
  
        /// <summary>
        /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
        /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
        /// </summary>
        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.radMenu1 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadMenu();
            this.radMenuItem1 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadMenuItem();
            this.radDock1 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.RadDock();
            this.documentContainer1 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.DocumentContainer();
            this.radMenuItem2 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadMenuItem();
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radMenu1)).BeginInit();
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radDock1)).BeginInit();
            this.radDock1.SuspendLayout();
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.documentContainer1)).BeginInit();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // radMenu1
            // 
            this.radMenu1.Items.AddRange(new Telerik.WinControls.RadItem[] {
            this.radMenuItem1,
            this.radMenuItem2});
            this.radMenu1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
            this.radMenu1.Name = "radMenu1";
            this.radMenu1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(548, 20);
            this.radMenu1.TabIndex = 1;
            this.radMenu1.Text = "radMenu1";
            // 
            // radMenuItem1
            // 
            this.radMenuItem1.Name = "radMenuItem1";
            this.radMenuItem1.Text = "Launch Child Form";
            this.radMenuItem1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.radMenuItem1_Click);
            // 
            // radDock1
            // 
            this.radDock1.AutoDetectMdiChildren = true;
            this.radDock1.Controls.Add(this.documentContainer1);
            this.radDock1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill;
            this.radDock1.DocumentManager.DocumentInsertOrder = Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.DockWindowInsertOrder.InFront;
            this.radDock1.IsCleanUpTarget = true;
            this.radDock1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 20);
            this.radDock1.MainDocumentContainer = this.documentContainer1;
            this.radDock1.Name = "radDock1";
            this.radDock1.Padding = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(5);
            // 
            // 
            // 
            this.radDock1.RootElement.MinSize = new System.Drawing.Size(25, 25);
            this.radDock1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(548, 424);
            this.radDock1.SplitterWidth = 4;
            this.radDock1.TabIndex = 2;
            this.radDock1.TabStop = false;
            this.radDock1.Text = "radDock1";
            // 
            // documentContainer1
            // 
            this.documentContainer1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(5, 5);
            this.documentContainer1.Name = "documentContainer1";
            // 
            // 
            // 
            this.documentContainer1.RootElement.MinSize = new System.Drawing.Size(25, 25);
            this.documentContainer1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(538, 414);
            this.documentContainer1.SizeInfo.SizeMode = Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.SplitPanelSizeMode.Fill;
            this.documentContainer1.SplitterWidth = 4;
            this.documentContainer1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.documentContainer1.TabStop = false;
            // 
            // radMenuItem2
            // 
            this.radMenuItem2.Name = "radMenuItem2";
            this.radMenuItem2.Text = "Launch Child Form 2";
            this.radMenuItem2.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.radMenuItem2_Click);
            // 
            // Main
            // 
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(548, 444);
            this.Controls.Add(this.radDock1);
            this.Controls.Add(this.radMenu1);
            this.IsMdiContainer = true;
            this.Name = "Main";
            this.Text = "Form1";
            this.Load += new System.EventHandler(this.Main_Load);
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radMenu1)).EndInit();
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radDock1)).EndInit();
            this.radDock1.ResumeLayout(false);
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.documentContainer1)).EndInit();
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.PerformLayout();
  
        }
  
        #endregion
  
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadMenu radMenu1;
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadMenuItem radMenuItem1;
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.RadDock radDock1;
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.DocumentContainer documentContainer1;
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadMenuItem radMenuItem2;
    }
}

Main.cs
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking;
  
namespace RadControlsWinFormsApp1
{
    public partial class Main : Form
    {
        public Main()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }
  
        private void radMenuItem1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
              
            ChildForm childForm = ChildForm.Instance;
            if (childForm.Parent == null)
            {
                childForm.MdiParent = this;
                childForm.Show();
            }
            else
            {
                this.radDock1.ActivateMdiChild(childForm);
            }  
        }
  
        private void radMenuItem2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            ChildForm2 childForm2 = ChildForm2.Instance;
            if (childForm2.Parent == null)
            {
                childForm2.MdiParent = this;
                childForm2.Show();
            }
            else
            {
                this.radDock1.ActivateMdiChild(childForm2);
            
        }
  
        private void Main_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
  
        }
    }
}


ChildForm.Designer.cs
namespace RadControlsWinFormsApp1
{
    partial class ChildForm
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// Required designer variable.
        /// </summary>
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;
  
        /// <summary>
        /// Clean up any resources being used.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }
  
        #region Windows Form Designer generated code
  
        /// <summary>
        /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
        /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
        /// </summary>
        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.radLabel1 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadLabel();
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radLabel1)).BeginInit();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // radLabel1
            // 
            this.radLabel1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(13, 13);
            this.radLabel1.Name = "radLabel1";
            this.radLabel1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(99, 16);
            this.radLabel1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.radLabel1.Text = "I am the child form";
            // 
            // ChildForm
            // 
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(284, 262);
            this.Controls.Add(this.radLabel1);
            this.Name = "ChildForm";
            this.Text = "ChildForm";
            this.FormClosed += new System.Windows.Forms.FormClosedEventHandler(this.ChildForm_FormClosed);
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radLabel1)).EndInit();
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.PerformLayout();
  
        }
  
        #endregion
  
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadLabel radLabel1;
    }
}

ChildForm.cs
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
  
namespace RadControlsWinFormsApp1
{
    public partial class ChildForm : Form
    {
        private static ChildForm instance;
  
        private ChildForm()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }
  
        public static ChildForm Instance
        {
            get
            {
                if (instance == null)
                {
                    instance = new ChildForm();
                }
                return instance;
            }
        }
  
        private void ChildForm_FormClosed(object sender, FormClosedEventArgs e)
        {
            instance.Dispose();
            instance = null;
        }
  
    }
}


ChildForm2.Designer.cs
namespace RadControlsWinFormsApp1
{
    partial class ChildForm2
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// Required designer variable.
        /// </summary>
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;
  
        /// <summary>
        /// Clean up any resources being used.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }
  
        #region Windows Form Designer generated code
  
        /// <summary>
        /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
        /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
        /// </summary>
        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.radLabel1 = new Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadLabel();
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radLabel1)).BeginInit();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // radLabel1
            // 
            this.radLabel1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(22, 13);
            this.radLabel1.Name = "radLabel1";
            this.radLabel1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(96, 16);
            this.radLabel1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.radLabel1.Text = "I am Child Form 2";
            // 
            // ChildForm2
            // 
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(284, 262);
            this.Controls.Add(this.radLabel1);
            this.Name = "ChildForm2";
            this.Text = "ChildForm2";
            this.FormClosed += new System.Windows.Forms.FormClosedEventHandler(this.ChildForm2_FormClosed);
            ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.radLabel1)).EndInit();
            this.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.PerformLayout();
  
        }
  
        #endregion
  
        private Telerik.WinControls.UI.RadLabel radLabel1;
    }
}

ChildForm2.cs
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
  
namespace RadControlsWinFormsApp1
{
    public partial class ChildForm2 : Form
    {
        private static ChildForm2 instance;
  
        private ChildForm2()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
        }
  
        public static ChildForm2 Instance
        {
            get
            {
                if (instance == null)
                {
                    instance = new ChildForm2();
                }
                return instance;
            }
        }
  
        private void ChildForm2_FormClosed(object sender, FormClosedEventArgs e)
        {
            instance.Dispose();
            instance = null;
        }
    }
}

Let me know if you have any questions
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meraj
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answered on 27 Feb 2011, 08:27 AM
Thank You Richard,
                           Its very useful.
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Richard Slade
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answered on 27 Feb 2011, 09:47 AM
You're welcome. Please remember to mark as answer.
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Emanuel Varga
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answered on 27 Feb 2011, 09:59 AM
Hello Meraj, Richard

I would suggest a different approach because you do not always have the luxury to make a singleton out of a form, or in general change the structure of the form,

I believe there is an easier way of doing this, just before adding a new form you can check if that form is already part of the MdiChildren collection and just creating and adding it if it's not, like so:

using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Telerik.WinControls.UI;
using Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking;
 
public class Form1 : Form
{
    private RadDock radDock1;
 
    private RadMenu radMenu1;
 
    public Form1()
    {
        InitializeComponent();
        this.Size = new Size(800, 600);
 
        this.Controls.Add(radDock1 = new RadDock());
        radDock1.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
        radDock1.MdiChildrenDockType = DockType.Document;
 
        this.IsMdiContainer = true;
        this.radDock1.AutoDetectMdiChildren = true;
 
        this.Controls.Add(radMenu1 = new RadMenu());
        radMenu1.Dock = DockStyle.Top;
        var menuItem = new RadMenuItem("Show Form1");
        menuItem.Click += new System.EventHandler(menuItem_Click);
        radMenu1.Items.Add(menuItem);
    }
 
    void menuItem_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    {
        var form = radDock1.MdiChildren.Where(m => m is Form2).FirstOrDefault();
        if (form == null)
        {
            form = new Form2();
            form.MdiParent = this;
            form.Visible = true;
        }
        else
        {
            radDock1.ActivateMdiChild(form);
        }
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Required designer variable.
    /// </summary>
    private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Clean up any resources being used.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
    protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
    {
        if (disposing && (components != null))
        {
            components.Dispose();
        }
        base.Dispose(disposing);
    }
 
    #region Windows Form Designer generated code
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
    /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
    /// </summary>
    private void InitializeComponent()
    {
        this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
        this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
        this.Text = "Form1";
    }
 
    #endregion Windows Form Designer generated code
}
 
public class Form2 : Form
{
    public Form2()
    {
        InitializeComponent();
        this.Controls.Add(new RadLabel() { Text = "Form1" });
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Required designer variable.
    /// </summary>
    private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Clean up any resources being used.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
    protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
    {
        if (disposing && (components != null))
        {
            components.Dispose();
        }
        base.Dispose(disposing);
    }
 
    #region Windows Form Designer generated code
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
    /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
    /// </summary>
    private void InitializeComponent()
    {
        this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
        this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
        this.Text = "Form2";
    }
 
    #endregion Windows Form Designer generated code
}

This way you don't need to make your form a singleton.

Hope this helps, if you have any other questions or comments, please let me know,

Best Regards,
Emanuel Varga

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aquariens
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answered on 22 Jun 2011, 09:03 AM
May be a bit late for this post but I achieved the same by comparing .text property of the form and the document by iterating the documents in dock.

Private Function IterateDockLoadForm(ByVal Form As RadForm) As Boolean
 
    IterateDockLoadForm = False
    Dim a = (From c As Docking.HostWindow In ucMainDock.DocumentManager.DocumentEnumerator Select c.Text)
    For i As Short = 0 To a.Count - 1
        If a(i).ToString = Form.Text Then
            IterateDockLoadForm = True
        End If
    Next
 
    If IterateDockLoadForm = True Then
        Return Nothing
        Exit Function
    Else
        Dim hostWindow As New Docking.HostWindow(Form)
        ucMainDock.DocumentManager.DocumentInsertOrder = Docking.DockWindowInsertOrder.ToBack
        ucMainDock.AddDocument(hostWindow)
        ucMainDock.ShowDocumentCloseButton = True
    End If
 
End Function

Easy calling from menus or RibbonBar

IterateDockLoadForm(FormName)

Hope it helps.
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Julian Benkov
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answered on 27 Jun 2011, 03:05 PM
Hi meraj,

Thank you for sharing your solution with the community. I am sure that the others will benefit from it.

If you have feedback to share or if you have questions, feel free to write back.

All the best,
Julian Benkov
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