Create a WinForms Dashboard Designer (.NET)
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This tutorial describes how to create a WinForms application with the Dashboard Designer in .NET 5 (and .NET Core 3.1).
- DevExpress .NET 5 and 6 Desktop Products
- DevExpress .NET Products v.21.2
- Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 or later with the .NET desktop development workload
Create a New Project
You can create a new .NET project in the console window or use Visual Studio’s template.
Create a New .NET Project in the Console Window
Open the console window and follow the steps below:
Create and open a new folder. The folder name is the project name.
mkdir NewWinFormsApp cd NewWinFormsApp
Create a WinForms project:
dotnet new winforms
Create a solution file:
dotnet new sln
Add the created .NET project to this solution:
dotnet sln add NewWinFormsApp.csproj
Open the created solution in Visual Studio.
Create a New .NET Project in Visual Studio
In Visual Studio, create a new project and select Windows Forms App on the start page as the project template.
Do not select the Windows Forms App (.NET Framework) template.
In the next dialog window, select the target framework.
Install Dashboard packages
Select Manage NuGet Packages in the invoked context menu to invoke the NuGet Package Manager.
Register the DevExpress NuGet feed as a package source and select it in the drop-down menu.
Install the DevExpress.Win.Dashboard package.
The installed libraries are added to the project after installation is completed.
Create a WinForms Dashboard Designer
To create the Dashboard Designer at runtime, add the following code in a Form1.cs file:
using System.Windows.Forms; using DevExpress.DashboardWin; //... DashboardDesigner designer = new DashboardDesigner(); this.Controls.Add(designer); designer.Dock = DockStyle.Fill; designer.CreateRibbon();
Run the application and configure your dashboard in the Designer. Follow this step-by-step tutorial for more information: How to create a dashboard in the WinForms Designer.
You can use the DashboardDesigner.LoadDashboard method to load an existing dashboard in code.
Describes how to create and configure dashboards in the WinForms Designer.
Describes how to embed the DashboardDesigner control into a WinForms application and how to customize the control’s UI elements.
Describes how to prepare the DashboardViewer control to display a dashboard in the WinForms application.