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Designer and Viewer Modes in ASP.NET Core

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The Web Dashboard can act as a designer or viewer. The following modes are available:

Designer
The Web Dashboard works as a designer and allows users to create, edit, and save dashboards. In this mode, the control loads the extensions required to design dashboards. A user can switch the control to Viewer mode and can modify dashboards from storage on the client side. This is the default mode.
Viewer
The Web Dashboard works as a viewer and displays dashboards to users. In this mode, the control also loads the extensions required to design dashboards. A user can switch the control to Designer mode.
ViewerOnly
The Web Dashboard does not load the extensions required to design dashboards. Users cannot switch to Designer or Viewer modes on the client. This mode affects only the Web Dashboard’s UI and does not affect server settings.

Specify Designer or Viewer Mode on the Server

You can use the DashboardBuilder.WorkingMode property to specify the mode on the server when you configure the Web Dashboard.

In Viewer mode, you have access to the client API and can modify dashboards from storage. The clientAPI also allows you to switch between Viewer and Designer modes. For information on how to protect dashboards stored on a server, see the following topic: Security Considerations.

<div style="position: absolute; left:0;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;">
        @(Html.DevExpress().Dashboard("clientDashboardControl")
        .ControllerName("DefaultDashboard")
        .Width("100%")
        .Height("100%")
        .WorkingMode(WorkingMode.ViewerOnly)
    )
</div>

Switch Between Designer or Viewer Modes on the Client

You can use the DashboardControl.switchToViewer and DashboardControl.switchToDesigner methods to switch between modes on the client.

Use the DashboardControl.isDesignMode method to indicate whether the Web Dashboard works in Designer mode.

This example shows how to switch between the Web Dashboard’s working modes on the client-side if you handle the onclick event of the added button.

@page

<div style="left:0;top:0;">
    <input type="button" id="button1" value="Switch to Viewer" onclick="switchMode()" />
</div>
<div style="position: absolute; left:0;top:30px;right:0;bottom:0;">
@(Html.DevExpress().Dashboard("clientDashboardControl")
    .ControllerName("DefaultDashboard")
    .Width("100%")
    .Height("100%")
    .WorkingMode(WorkingMode.Designer)
)
</div>

Switch Between Designer or Viewer Modes in the UI

You can enable the Dashboard Panel to allow users to switch between the Designer and Viewer.

DashboardPanel_Main