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Accordion Control

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The Accordion Control (the AccordionControl class object) is a side navigation control whose items can be organized into groups. The main Accordion features include:

Accordion 2018 - Head image

In this section:


Demos (DevExpress Demo Center)

Items and Groups

To add Accordion Control groups and items, click the “Run Designer” link on the control’s surface and switch to the designer’s “Elements” tab.

Accordion 2018 - Add Elements


You can drag-and-drop elements in the “AccordionControl Elements” panel to re-arrange and categorize them.

Alternatively, you can invoke the control smart tag and click the corresponding links:

Accordion 2018 - Add Elements 2

In code, groups and items are AccordionControlElement class objects with different AccordionControlElement.Style property values. Root groups are stored in the Accordion’s AccordionControl.Elements collection, and individual groups store their child groups and\or items in AccordionControlElement.Elements collections.


See the How To: Create AccordionControl in code article for an example.

To allow element checked\unchecked states, enable the AccordionControl.AllowItemSelection setting.

Accordion 2018 - Selected Item

Items with Content Containers

A regular item is a button that raises the AccordionControlElementBase.Click and AccordionControl.ElementClick events when clicked. In addition to these regular items, you can add items with content containers.

Click an item smart tag and select “Add ContentContainer”. To populate a content container, drag-and-drop controls from Visual Studio’s Toolbox onto this container.

Accordion 2018 - Content Container



Set a content container’s Padding property to -1 to use paddings based on the applied skin.

To populate a content container in code, specify the AccordionControlElementBase.ContentContainer property…

userControlPhoto uc = new userControlPhoto() { Dock = DockStyle.Fill };
AccordionContentContainer container = new AccordionContentContainer();
//assign the required content container to an item
acePhoto.ContentContainer = container;

…or handle the AccordionControl.HasContentContainer and AccordionControl.GetContentContainer events.

//specify which items should raise the GetContentContainer event
private void accordionControl1_HasContentContainer(object sender, HasContentContainerEventArgs e) {
    if (e.Element.Text == "Photo") e.HasContentContainer = true;

//assign a content container to the item that fired this event
private void accordionControl1_GetContentContainer(object sender, GetContentContainerEventArgs e) {
    if (e.Element.Text == "Photo") {
        userControlPhoto uc = new userControlPhoto() { Dock = DockStyle.Fill };
        AccordionContentContainer container = new AccordionContentContainer();
        e.ContentContainer = container;


Expand and Collapse Elements




Gets or sets whether the element is expanded.



Call these methods to expand and collapse all Accordion elements at once.



If these settings are enabled, end-users can click element headers to expand and collapse elements.



Handle these events to perform certain actions when the element is about to collapse or expand, and after the element’s state changes.

You can handle the AccordionControl.ExpandStateChanging event and clear the e.ElementsToExpandCollapse collection to abort the expand\collapse operation. For instance, the following code does not allow users to collapse the “Options” group:

private void accordionControl1_ExpandStateChanging(object sender, ExpandStateChangingEventArgs e) {
    if (e.Element.Style == ElementStyle.Group && e.Element.Text == "Options" && e.NewState == AccordionElementState.Collapsed)

Alternatively, you can cancel the AccordionControl.ElementClick event to do the same.

private void AccordionControl1_ElementClick(object sender, ElementClickEventArgs e) {
    if (e.Element.Style == ElementStyle.Group && e.Element.Text == "Options" && e.Element.Expanded == true)
        e.Handled = true;

Note that code samples above do not allow users to collapse the Accordion group, but leave this group’s expand\collapse button visible. See the following table row to learn how to hide this button.



Use these properties to hide expand\collapse buttons for all items or groups at once. Initially, all groups - even if they are empty - display these buttons. Items show them only when they have content containers assigned.

If you need to hide the expand\collapse button for individual elements, handle the AccordionControl.CustomDrawElement event. This event provides multiple e.Draw… , each method paints the specific element part. For instance, the sample below does not call the DrawExpandCollapseButton method for the “Options” group.

private void AccordionControl1_CustomDrawElement(object sender, CustomDrawElementEventArgs e) {
    if (e.Element.Style == ElementStyle.Group && e.Element.Text == "Options") {
        //uncomment the following line to draw the expand\collapse button
        e.Handled = true;


Gets or sets whether a single element or multiple elements can be expanded simultaneously.


Gets or sets whether expandable groups and elements are scrolled (if required) to make their contents visible when they are expanded.

You can move root Accordion elements (groups and items from the AccordionControl.Elements collection) to the control’s footer. Footer elements act like tabs in a Tabbed UI: when a user clicks a footer element, the Accordion displays this element’s child items in the control’s main area. In the following figure, root items are displayed in the control’s footer. The ‘Mail’ item is active.


To enable this item display style, set the AccordionControl.RootDisplayMode property to “Footer”.

accordionControl1.RootDisplayMode = DevExpress.XtraBars.Navigation.AccordionControlRootDisplayMode.Footer;

Additional API

  • AccordionOptionsFooter.ActiveGroupDisplayMode - Gets or sets whether the accordion control’s main menu displays the active group’s content, but not the header, or both the content and the header.
  • AccordionControlElement.ControlFooterAlignment - Gets or sets whether the element is aligned at the near or far side of the control footer in the accordion control’s expanded state.

    accordionControl1.OptionsFooter.ActiveGroupDisplayMode = DevExpress.XtraBars.Navigation.ActiveGroupDisplayMode.GroupHeaderAndContent;
    accordionControlElementSetting.ControlFooterAlignment = AccordionItemFooterAlignment.Far;


  • OptionsMinimizing.FooterHeight - Gets or sets the control footer height in the accordion control’s minimized state.
  • OptionsMinimizing.AllowFooterResizing - Gets or sets whether it is allowed to resize the control footer when the accordion control is minimized.

Search Panel

The embedded search panel allows end-users to quickly locate a required element. If a found item belongs to a group, this group is also visible. Vice versa, if a found element is a group, it shows its child elements.

AccordionControl - Search Panel

When the AccordionControl.ShowFilterControl property equals Always, the search panel is always visible. The Auto value allows end-users to press CTRL+F to invoke the search panel, and ESC to close it.

You can make a custom filter control for the Accordion. To do that, declare a class that implements the DevExpress.XtraBars.Navigation.IFilterContent interface and assign this class instance to the AccordionControl.FilterControl property.

Element Header Layout

Accordion groups and items can display four types of content within their headers:

Accordion - Default Header Layout

See the Element Header Layout to learn how to re-arrange these content blocks.

Interaction with Office Navigation Bar

The Office Navigation Bar can show items, retrieved from the Accordion Control. Use the OfficeNavigationBar.NavigationClient property to attach an Office Navigation Bar to an Accordion.

officeNavigationBar1.NavigationClient = accordionControl1;

Interaction with Fluent Design Form

The FluentDesignForm is a Windows 10-inspired form that includes the following features:

  • Embedded Hamburger Menu (AccordionControl with the HamburgerMenu view type)
  • Adaptive Layout mode for the Hamburger Menu (automatically switches between Inline, Overlay and Minimal display modes when you resize the form)
  • Acrylic Material effect (a partially transparent texture)
  • Reveal Highlight visual effect

See Fluent Design Form for more information.

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