LayoutControl.WriteElementToXML Event

Allows you to save custom properties of layout groups and their children when saving layouts.

Namespace: DevExpress.Xpf.LayoutControl

Assembly: DevExpress.Xpf.LayoutControl.v20.1.dll


public event EventHandler<LayoutControlWriteElementToXMLEventArgs> WriteElementToXML
Public Event WriteElementToXML As EventHandler(Of LayoutControlWriteElementToXMLEventArgs)

Event Data

The WriteElementToXML event's data class is LayoutControlWriteElementToXMLEventArgs. The following properties provide information specific to this event:

Property Description
Element Gets the layout element being written to a data store.
Xml Gets an XMLWriter object that implements saving XML data.


When saving/loading layouts to a data store, only properties that can be changed by an end-user during layout customization are stored/restored. If you need to save/load custom properties, handle the WriteElementToXML and LayoutControl.ReadElementFromXML events.

These events are useful if you allow users to change specific properties of layout items/groups, and want these changes to be saved/loaded when the layout is saved/loaded.

The following code shows how you can save/load the FontSize property for LayoutItem objects to a data store.

using DevExpress.Xpf.LayoutControl;
using DevExpress.Xpf.Core.Native;

private void layoutControl1_WriteElementToXML(object sender, DevExpress.Xpf.LayoutControl.LayoutControlWriteElementToXMLEventArgs e) {
    if (typeof(LayoutItem).IsAssignableFrom(e.Element.GetType())) {
        e.Element.WritePropertyToXML(e.Xml, LayoutItem.FontSizeProperty, "FontSize");

private void layoutControl1_ReadElementFromXML(object sender, DevExpress.Xpf.LayoutControl.LayoutControlReadElementFromXMLEventArgs e) {
    if (typeof(LayoutItem).IsAssignableFrom(e.Element.GetType())) {
        e.Element.ReadPropertyFromXML(e.Xml, LayoutItem.FontSizeProperty, "FontSize", typeof(double));

WritePropertyToXML and ReadPropertyFromXML are extension methods declared in the DevExpress.Xpf.Core.Native namespace. To use these methods, ensure that this namespace is added to your unit.

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