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Layout View

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This document outlines features specific to LayoutView only. For information on common card and selection features, refer to the root Card and Layout Views article.

Template Card

The Layout View employs the Layout Control to arrange content inside cards. For every grid column, a LayoutViewField object is generated. Switch to the “Layout | Template Card” tab in the Data Grid Designer to re-arrange data fields, rename field captions, add separators and empty space items, set up card alignment options, etc.

Data Grid - Cards - Designer Tab 1

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View Designer

In the Data Grid designer, switch to the “ Layout | View Layout” tab to set up most significant View options - card layout mode, card intervals, header visibility, availability of expand/collapse buttons, etc.

Data Grid - Cards - Designer Tab 2

Card Layout Modes

There are six card layout modes available. You can set the required mode by changing the LayoutViewOptionsView.ViewMode property, while at runtime, end-users can switch between these modes by clicking the top View panel (see below).

Data Grid - Cards - Layout Modes

You can either disable specific buttons on this panel (modify properties accessed through the LayoutView.OptionsHeaderPanel collection), or hide the panel entirely (disable the LayoutViewOptionsView.ShowHeaderPanel property).

Single Record

Data Grid - Cards - Single Record Mode

Single Row

Data Grid - Cards - Single Row Mode

Single Column

Data Grid - Cards - Single Column Mode

Multi Row and Multi Column

Data Grid - Cards - Multi Record Mode


Data Grid - Cards - Carousel Mode

  • Cards are arranged along an elliptical path. The currently selected card is displayed at the middle of a curve and neighboring cards gradually fade out.
  • Access properties are provided by the LayoutView.OptionsCarouselMode object to modify the curve.

Stretching Cards

You can stretch cards vertically or horizontally to fit them in a current View client area. To do so, enable required StretchCardToView… properties.

Run the Layout View demo to test this feature.

Data Grid - Cards - Stretch


The Layout View does not provide embedded scroll buttons to scroll cards that are larger than a View client area. Instead, end-users can click the hand icon in the top panel to enter the Panning mode. In this mode, users click anywhere inside a View and drag it in the required direction, much like on touch-input devices.

Data Grid - Cards - Panning

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Runtime Customization

End-users can click the “Customization” button in the top panel to re-arrange fields, add secondary UI elements (labels, empty spaces and separators), modify card sizes and indents, etc. The amount of available options depends on whether the invoked dialog is standard or the advanced one.

Data Grid - Cards - Customization Dialogs

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Example - Create Layout in Code

The following example shows how to create and customize a Layout View in code. In the example, a template card is created, consisting of six fields arranged as in the image below:

Before arranging layout fields in code, ensure that corresponding columns are visible (see LayoutViewColumn.Visible and GridColumnCollection.AddVisible).


using DevExpress.XtraGrid;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Views.Layout;
using DevExpress.XtraGrid.Columns;
using DevExpress.XtraLayout;
using DevExpress.XtraLayout.Customization;
using DevExpress.XtraLayout.Utils;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors.Repository;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors.Controls;

GridControl grid = new GridControl();
LayoutView lView = new LayoutView(grid);
grid.MainView = lView;
lView.OptionsBehavior.AutoPopulateColumns = false;

grid.DataSource = employeesBindingSource;
grid.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;

// Create columns.
LayoutViewColumn colFirstName = lView.Columns.AddVisible("FirstName") as LayoutViewColumn;
LayoutViewColumn colLastName = lView.Columns.AddVisible("LastName") as LayoutViewColumn;
LayoutViewColumn colAddress = lView.Columns.AddVisible("Address") as LayoutViewColumn;
LayoutViewColumn colCity = lView.Columns.AddVisible("City") as LayoutViewColumn;
LayoutViewColumn colCountry = lView.Columns.AddVisible("Country") as LayoutViewColumn;
LayoutViewColumn colPhoto = lView.Columns.AddVisible("Photo") as LayoutViewColumn;

// Access corresponding card fields.
LayoutViewField fieldFirstName = colFirstName.LayoutViewField;
LayoutViewField fieldLastName = colLastName.LayoutViewField;
LayoutViewField fieldAddress = colAddress.LayoutViewField;
LayoutViewField fieldCity = colCity.LayoutViewField;
LayoutViewField fieldCountry = colCountry.LayoutViewField;
LayoutViewField fieldPhoto = colPhoto.LayoutViewField;

// Position the FirstName field to the right of the Photo field.
fieldFirstName.Move(new LayoutItemDragController(fieldFirstName, fieldPhoto,
    InsertLocation.After, LayoutType.Horizontal));

// Position the LastName field below the FirstName field.
fieldLastName.Move(new LayoutItemDragController(fieldLastName, fieldFirstName,
    InsertLocation.After, LayoutType.Vertical));

// Create an Address Info group.
LayoutControlGroup groupAddress = new LayoutControlGroup();
groupAddress.Text = "Address Info";
groupAddress.Name = "addressInfoGroup";

// Move the Address, City and Country fields to this group.
fieldCity.Move(fieldAddress, InsertType.Bottom);
fieldCountry.Move(fieldCity, InsertType.Bottom);

lView.TemplateCard.AddGroup(groupAddress, fieldLastName, InsertType.Bottom);

// Assign editors to card fields.
RepositoryItemPictureEdit riPictureEdit = grid.RepositoryItems.Add("PictureEdit") as RepositoryItemPictureEdit;
riPictureEdit.SizeMode = PictureSizeMode.Squeeze;
colPhoto.ColumnEdit = riPictureEdit;

// Customize card field options.
colFirstName.Caption = "First Name";
colLastName.Caption = "Last Name";
// Set the card's minimum size.
lView.CardMinSize = new Size(250, 180);

fieldPhoto.TextVisible = false;
fieldPhoto.SizeConstraintsType = SizeConstraintsType.Custom;
fieldPhoto.MaxSize = fieldPhoto.MinSize = new Size(150, 150);
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