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Simon asked on 10 May 2009, 12:13 PM
Is there any way to save the state of the DockPanels without saving the state of all the open DocumentPanes.
Basically I want to record the state of all the toolwindows, not the documents.

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Nikolay
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answered on 13 May 2009, 12:27 PM
Hi Simon,

Currently, RadDock cannot save the docking state of the DockPanels only. We will research this scenario in order to address the feature in one of our next releases. However, I cannot provide you with a specific time frame.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me.

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answered on 05 May 2014, 02:46 PM
Don't know if this feature has been implemented but I'm looking for something like this.

I have an application using the docking system. All the Windows are constructed from a FormControl. The ToolWindows are stateless but the documentWindows aren't...

I can load the content (FormControl) of my ToolWindows with the following tutorial (reload the windows content from the name which is serialized).
http://www.telerik.com/help/winforms/dock-loading-and-saving-layouts-tutorial-saving-and-loading-layout-content.html

But I don't know what's the best way for handling my documentWindows.

Should I close theses Windows before saving the layout ? Is there a way to add serialized data object with the layout so we can set these data back after Layout and ContentControl loading ?

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George
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answered on 08 May 2014, 09:57 AM
Hello Marco,

Thank you for writing.

Currently, RadDock does not support functionality for saving the positions of DocumentWindows. The control is inspired from the docking abilities of Visual Studio and iн it, DocumentWindows does not remember their positions, and every time you close one, even if you reopen it, it will be placed in the main document area as new tabbed window. 

We have a feature request for this functionality in our Feedback Portal. You can find it here. Feel free to add your votes or comments.

For the time being the only suggestion I can give you is to manage the document windows by adding them with the AddDocument method by specifying the desired position and then by loading the content of the windows.

Let me know if you have further questions.

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George
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answered on 08 May 2014, 10:13 AM
Hi George,

I don't want to save the position of a DocumentWindows (You are right, who care of the position of the tabbed document in Visual Studio ?)

I just want to be able to save/serialize data linked to the DocumentWindows (What's the meaning of saving a DocumentWindows if you can't restore the state of the data inside? Visual Studio do not open empty tabbedDocument on startup, they are filled with your code (or something else )!)

OR 

Ignoring all DocumentWindows when serializing the layout (just keeping the "toolbox"). Application only save the toolbox configuration, not the documents which were opened on last session. 
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George
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answered on 13 May 2014, 10:28 AM
Hello Marco,

Thank you for your reply.

In this situation in case the document windows are serialized you can use the approach from the help article (Tutorial: Saving and Loading Layout and Content). The only difference is that you will need to enumerate the DocumentWindows, instead of the DockWindows. The DocumentArray​ property can be used:
this.RadDock.DocumentManager.DocumentArray

In case you do not want to serialize the DocumentWindows, you can close the prior saving the layout:
this.RadDock.RemoveAllDocumentWindows(DockWindowCloseAction.CloseAndDispose);
 
this.RadDock.SaveToXml("xml.xml");

Let me know if you require further assistance.

Regards,
George
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