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Dock items are objects that support the docking functionality. You use them as blocks to build a docking interface for your application. The most typical dock objects are:
- Layout Panel - Represents a regular dock panel, which can be docked, auto-hidden or floating.
- Layout Group - This is a container that arranges its children (dock panels and other dock objects, including other groups) horizontally or vertically.
- Tabbed Group - A tabbed container of dock panels.
- Document Group - A tabbed container of documents (DocumentPanel objects). A document group allows you to imitate the document tabbed interface of MS Visual Studio IDE
Auto-Hide Groups and Float Groups also support docking functionality. They are not included in the list above, since they are hosted within related collections of the Dock Layout Manager component itself, rather than within the root layout group.
Do not combine dock and layout items within a single group.
Do not use dock items outside the DockLayoutManager control.