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John Thompson asked on 01 Dec 2010, 06:06 PM
Is it possible to open a windows form in an already existing tab?  I have predefined tabs in a DocumentTabStip and I want to open a windows form inside of the tab when the tab is selected.

Doing the following will fill the existing tab and create a new blank tab, but I just want to fill the existing tab.  I'm sure I'm missing something simple here, but have been struggling for some time.  If I eliminate the second line, I get an error.

 
Dim myForm As New Form1()
Me.DocumentWindow1.DockManager.DockControl(myForm, DocumentWindow1, DockPosition.Fill) 
  
DocumentWindow1.Controls.Add(myForm) 
  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Stefan
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answered on 06 Dec 2010, 11:16 AM
Hello John,

Thank you for writing.

Please refer to the following code snippet which demonstrates how can you add a form to an existing DocumentWindow:
Dim myForm As New Form()
myForm.BackColor = Color.Red
myForm.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
myForm.TopLevel = False
'the next line removes the form's title bar
myForm.FormBorderStyle = Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.None
myForm.Show()
Me.DocumentWindow1.Controls.Add(myForm)

I hope this information helps. If there is anything else I can assist you with, do not hesitate to contact me.

All the best,
Stefan
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John Thompson
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answered on 06 Dec 2010, 02:42 PM
Perfect, exactly what I needed to know.  Works great.  Thanks a lot!
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answered on 13 Oct 2011, 02:28 PM
Could i do this inside a RadDock tab?
Thanks in advance
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Nikolay
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answered on 18 Oct 2011, 01:44 PM
Hi Damián,

Could you please clarify your requirement? The code snippet of my colleague Stefans does just this - it inserts a Form object into an existing DocumentWindow in RadDock. If this is not what you are looking for, please describe your case in details. This will allow us to think of a solution that will be helpful for your case.

Thank you for your cooperation.

All the best,
Nikolay
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answered on 18 Oct 2011, 02:19 PM
Thanks Nikolai for attending my problem. We are from Uruguay and we are looking for a pool of controls that can easily integrate the new version of our main product. I've using your components(trial version) and i faced with the next issue:

I have a main form with a raddock that opens tabs to show diffrent parts of the application or sub applications (something like a web explorer).
I wonder if I can open, in these tabs, modal forms that only disables the tab that contain them.

Sorry about my english.

pd. I solved the previous problem (open a form inside a tabwith the following code:

Dim host As HostWindow = RadDock1.DockControl(frm, Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.DockPosition.Right)
        host.DockState = Telerik.WinControls.UI.Docking.DockState.Floating

Thank you again, regards
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Nikolay
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answered on 20 Oct 2011, 11:31 AM
Hello Damián,

I am glad that you manage to find the solution to your previous question.

However, I am not sure I understand your new requirement as well. Let's say that you add a form to a DockWindow in RadDock. How the tab of the window that contains the form should be disabled?

All the best,
Nikolay
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answered on 25 Apr 2012, 05:40 AM
Hi Stefan,

I've just come across this post while searching for a similar solution. I appreciate that the post is old and may be out of date but I'm using the latest version of WinForms Controls (Q1 2012, Vers: 321?), Visual Studio 2010 and VB.net. I'm trying to do the following (all the controls are Telerik Rad controls, not native Windows controls):

 

  1.  I've created a RadRibbonForm and placed a radDock control on it
  2. In the RadDock I've added a Tool Window and a Document Window
  3. In the DocumentWindow I've placed a RadCarousel and added several items to it
  4. At runtime when I click one of the items in the carousel (rbeCustomers), I want to create a new document window (this part works correctly)
  5. In the new document window I want to place a new instance of a form

What I can't find is how to asign this form to the document window because the new document window (DocumentWindow99 in this example) doesn't appear in the list of controls if I use the syntax Me.DocumentWindow99.Controls.Add(Customer_Management).

I could create the documet windows at design time but I really want to create them dynamically at run time. Any assistance would be greatle appreciated.

Thanks and best regards

Here's the code I'm using:

 

 

 

 

Private Sub rbeCustomers_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles rbeCustomers.Click
    With RadDock1
        Dim DocumentWindow99 As DocumentWindow = New DocumentWindow
        DocumentWindow99.Text = "Customers"
        .AddDocument(DocumentWindow99)
    End With
    Dim Customer_Management As New Customer_Management
    With Customer_Management
        .Dock = DockStyle.Fill
        .TopLevel = False
        .FormBorderStyle = Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.None
        .Show()
    End With
End Sub

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Nikolay
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answered on 30 Apr 2012, 08:41 AM
Hello Peter,

Thank you for writing.

You should set a meaningful Name property to the DocumentWindow when creating it. You can then get the window from the DockWindows collection, for example:

Private Sub RadButton1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles RadButton1.Click
    With RadDock1
        Dim DocumentWindow99 As DocumentWindow = New DocumentWindow
        DocumentWindow99.Text = "Customers"
        DocumentWindow99.Name = "Customers"
        .AddDocument(DocumentWindow99)
    End With
    Dim f As New Form
    With f
        .BackColor = Color.Green
        .Dock = DockStyle.Fill
        .TopLevel = False
        .FormBorderStyle = Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.None
        .Show()
    End With
 
    Me.RadDock1.DockWindows("Customers").Controls.Add(f)
End Sub

I hope this helps.Kind regards,
Nikolay
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answered on 21 Oct 2013, 08:08 PM
Taking this a step further, is it possible to open/embed an external program in a document window?  For example, I would like to show external_program.exe in a document window rather than have it open in its own window.

Additionally, could Excel and/or a spreadsheet be embedded this way?
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Nikolay
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answered on 22 Oct 2013, 11:33 AM
Hi Brendan,

The RadDock component itself does not provide any specific means for embedding external applications in a DockWindow, and this question actually concerns a more general topic - the ability to host an external application in your application. There is a decent StackOverflow discussion about the same. You can read more about the topic here.

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Nikolay
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