WorkspaceManager.LoadWorkspace(String, Object) Method

Loads a workspace from the target local file and places it in the WorkspaceManager.Workspaces collection under the specific name.

Namespace: DevExpress.Utils

Assembly: DevExpress.Utils.v20.1.dll


public bool LoadWorkspace(
    string name,
    object path
Public Function LoadWorkspace(
    name As String,
    path As Object
) As Boolean


Name Type Description
name String

A String value that is the name under which the loaded workspace is kept in the WorkspaceManager.Workspaces collection.

path Object

An Object that is the location of the file that stores a workspace.


Type Description

true, if the workspace was successfully loaded; otherwise, false.


The LoadWorkspace method loads a workspace from a file and makes it available from the WorkspaceManager.Workspaces collection. However, this workspace remains inactive. To activate this workspace, use the WorkspaceManager.ApplyWorkspace method afterwards.


The following code shows how to use the WorkspaceManager component to save the form's bounds and state, and the layout of DevExpress controls when a form is closed, and load this layout when the form starts.

You may need to call the controls' ForceInitialize methods (e.g., GridControl.ForceInitialize) before applying layouts to the controls in a Form.Load event handler.

 string file = "layout.xml";
 string workspaceName1 = "MyLayout";

 private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
     //Use the WorkspaceManager to handle the layout of DevExpress controls that reside within the current form.
     workspaceManager1.TargetControl = this;

     // Save & restore the form's size, position and state along with DevExpress controls' layouts.
     workspaceManager1.SaveTargetControlSettings = true;

     // Disable layout load animation effects 
     workspaceManager1.AllowTransitionAnimation = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.False;

    // Disable (de)serialization for the following controls (if required):
    //WorkspaceManager.SetSerializationEnabled(gaugeControl1, false);
    //WorkspaceManager.SetSerializationEnabled(accordionControl1, false);

    // When restoring layouts of controls in a Form.Load event handler,
    // you may need to call the controls' ForceInitialize methods to finish their initialization before restoring their layouts.

     //Load DevExpress controls' layouts from a file
     if (workspaceManager1.LoadWorkspace(workspaceName1, file, true))

 private void Form1_FormClosed(object sender, FormClosedEventArgs e) {
     //Save DevExpress controls' layouts to a file
     workspaceManager1.CaptureWorkspace(workspaceName1, true);
     workspaceManager1.SaveWorkspace(workspaceName1, file, true);
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