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Bennie
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Bennie asked on 03 Mar 2010, 05:13 AM
I am using a RadOutlookBar in my application. I have quite a few RadOutlookBarItems, so things are getting crowded. What I would like to do is minimize a number of less-frequently used items (under minimize, I mean that these items would show in the lower area, as a small icon). That way, the Outlook bar would be a bit easier to manage by the user.

I could not find a property on the RadOutlookBarItem to achieve this result. Is there a property I can set to achieve this result?

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answered on 03 Mar 2010, 05:37 AM
As a follow up, there is a Position property on the RadOutlookBarItem class which would be perfect for this, but it is read-only. There is also a "PositionChanged" event, but I see no way to force an item to show in the minimized area upon startup.

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Kiril Stanoev
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answered on 04 Mar 2010, 10:20 AM
Hi Bennie,

Programatically setting the position of an OutlookBarItem is not a supported scenario. That is why the Position property is read-only. If your OutlookBar is bound to an observable collection, you can easily rearrange the items in the collection, thus placing the desired item in the minimized area. I have attached a sample project demonstrating this scenario. Have a look at it and let me know how it works for you.

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answered on 13 Apr 2010, 03:18 PM
I'm having the same issue. I would like to simulate the way outlook uses it's bar. It basically has the less important items automatically in the minimized area. Your solution works but it also means the user can never get the item back into the big area like in outlook by scrolling the bar up, which is inconvenient. Also there's resizing issues this way. Is there any plan to implement this feature in any future releases?
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Kiril Stanoev
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answered on 14 Apr 2010, 09:34 AM
Hi Ronald,

Thank you for your feedback. I have logged your request in our PITS. You can monitor the progress of the item here. We will try to implement this feature by the end of Q2 2010. Let me know if you have additional questions or comments on the topic.

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answered on 14 Apr 2010, 09:42 AM
Great, I will keep track of it. No further comments except have a look at Outlook, that shows the perfect way to implement it in my opinion.
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answered on 08 Mar 2011, 11:26 PM
Is there any chance that the ability to entirely minimize the OutlookbarItems to the minimized position at startup going to be in the
2011Q1 release?  We have a number of items in our bar and would like to give the user the ability to minimize all of them at startup
for resultant panels which need all the space they can get.

Thanks.

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Tina Stancheva
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answered on 14 Mar 2011, 12:28 PM
Hello Ken,

If I understand your scenario correctly, you can set the RadOutlookBar ActiveItemsMaxCount property to 0 thus causing all items to be minimized at startup. You can find more info about that property here. Give it a try and let us know if this is the functionality that you were looking for.

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Tina Stancheva
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answered on 14 Mar 2011, 02:18 PM
Yes, Tina, that will create the intial scenario which some of our customers may want but it disables the ability
to move the expander bar up to show more items.

The scenario we ultimately hoped was to allow user to slide the expander bar and to remember that setting
for their next login whether they effectively minimized one, two, three, ..., all of the items.

Seems to me that at present it's all or nothing?  Is this something which might be addressed in the upcoming
release ?

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Tina Stancheva
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answered on 17 Mar 2011, 02:41 PM
Hi Ken,

Unfortunately this feature didn't make the Q1 release. Also, due to the many pressing tasks on our to-do list,  we cannot bind to a date when this will be implemented. Please keep track of the issue and vote for it thus increasing its priority.

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Tina Stancheva
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