Create a WinForms Designer

This topic describes how to create a WinForms Dashboard Designer application.

  1. Open Microsoft Visual Studio and create a new Windows Forms application project by selecting File | New | Project… in the main menu. In the invoked New Project window, select the Windows Classic Desktop template group, and choose the Windows Forms Application item. Specify the project's name and click OK.
  2. Drag the DashboardDesigner control from the DX.18.1: Data & Analytics Toolbox tab and drop it onto the main form.

    GettingStarted_L1_Toolbox

    Important

    Note that the DashboardDesigner control does not support the .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile. See How to: Target a Version of the .NET Framework to learn how to target a specific .NET Framework version.

  3. Click the control's smart tag and select Dock in Parent Container in the invoked actions list to allow the DashboardDesigner to fill the form.

    GettingStarted_L1_Dock

  4. In the same menu, click Create Ribbon. This creates a Ribbon control with the predefined commands.

    GettingStarted_L1_CreateRibbon

    Tip

    Convert default Form to DevExpress Ribbon Form for better Ribbon and form integration.

  5. The designer application is now ready. Build and run the project.

    GettingStarted_L1_Build

    Your application should appear as follows:

    GettingStarted_L1_DesignerApp

    See Create a Dashboard using the WinForms Designer to learn how to create a dashboard using this application.