Dashboard.LayoutRoot Property

Gets or sets the root dashboard layout group.

Namespace: DevExpress.DashboardCommon

Assembly: DevExpress.Dashboard.v20.2.Core.dll


public DashboardLayoutGroup LayoutRoot { get; set; }
Public Property LayoutRoot As DashboardLayoutGroup

Property Value

Type Default Description


A DashboardLayoutGroup object that specifies the root dashboard layout group.


A LayoutRoot layout group contains child layout items and groups used to arrange dashboard items. You can use the DashboardLayoutGroup.ChildNodes property to access the collection of child items and groups.


This example constructs the layout of a sample dashboard that contains the following items:

The Dashboard.LoadFromXml method loads a sample dashboard.

The following steps are taken to create a new layout:

  1. Create DashboardLayoutItem objects to display the existing dashboard items and DashboardLayoutGroup object to display a dashboard group. The weight parameter specifies the layout item's relative size in a group.
  2. Create DashboardLayoutGroup objects to organize items which do not belong to a dashboard group item. Add layout items as child nodes to form a layout tree.
  3. Create a root group - a new DashboardLayoutGroup object whose DashboardLayoutGroup.DashboardItem property is null. Add the layout tree nodes to the root as its child nodes.
  4. Assign the root group to the Dashboard.LayoutRoot property.

View Example: How to modify dashboard layout in code

using System;
using System.Linq;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors;
using DevExpress.DashboardCommon;
using DevExpress.DashboardWin;
            Dashboard dashboard = new Dashboard();
            // Switch off the DateFilter item's AutoHeight arrangement mode so that the DateFilter layout does not ignore its layout weight.
            ((DateFilterDashboardItem)(dashboard.Items["dateFilterDashboardItem1"])).ArrangementMode = DateFilterArrangementMode.Horizontal;
            // Hide captions.
            dashboard.Items.ForEach(item => item.ShowCaption = false);
            dashboard.Groups.ForEach(item => item.ShowCaption = false);
            // Create layout items for the DateFilter and Chart dashboard items.
            DashboardLayoutItem dateFilterLayoutItem = new DashboardLayoutItem(dashboard.Items["dateFilterDashboardItem1"], 13);
            DashboardLayoutItem chartLayoutItem = new DashboardLayoutItem(dashboard.Items["chartDashboardItem1"], 87);
            // Create a layout item for the dashboard Group item.
            DashboardLayoutGroup groupLayoutItem = new DashboardLayoutGroup()
                Orientation = DashboardLayoutGroupOrientation.Vertical,
                DashboardItem = dashboard.Groups["dashboardItemGroup1"],
                Weight = 70
            // Connect layout items in the layout tree.
            groupLayoutItem.ChildNodes.AddRange(dateFilterLayoutItem, chartLayoutItem);
            // Create a Grid layout item.
            DashboardLayoutItem gridLayoutItem = new DashboardLayoutItem(dashboard.Items["gridDashboardItem1"], 30);
            // Create a group layout item to organize the Grid layout item and a Dashboard Group layout item.
            DashboardLayoutGroup layoutGroup = new DashboardLayoutGroup(DashboardLayoutGroupOrientation.Horizontal, 85);
            // Connect layout items in the layout tree.
            layoutGroup.ChildNodes.AddRange(gridLayoutItem, groupLayoutItem);
            // Create a RangeFilter layout item.
            DashboardLayoutItem rangeFilterLayoutItem = new DashboardLayoutItem(dashboard.Items["rangeFilterDashboardItem1"], 15);            
            // Create a root layout group. Its DashboardItem property is null.
            DashboardLayoutGroup rootGroup = new DashboardLayoutGroup()
                Orientation = DashboardLayoutGroupOrientation.Vertical,
                Weight = 100,
                DashboardItem = null
            // Connect layout items in the layout tree. 
            rootGroup.ChildNodes.AddRange(layoutGroup, rangeFilterLayoutItem);
            // The layout treee is built. Set the dashboard's root layout node to finalize the layout.
            dashboard.LayoutRoot = rootGroup;

            dashboardViewer1.Dashboard = dashboard;
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