ReportDesignTool.ShowDesigner(UserLookAndFeel, DesignDockPanelType) Method

Invokes the standard End-User Report Designer form using the specified look and feel settings, and with the specified design panels hidden.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraReports.UI

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraReports.v21.1.Extensions.dll


public void ShowDesigner(
    UserLookAndFeel lookAndFeel,
    DesignDockPanelType hiddenPanels


Name Type Description
lookAndFeel UserLookAndFeel

A UserLookAndFeel object which specifies the look and feel settings applied to the End-User Designer form.

hiddenPanels DesignDockPanelType

A DesignDockPanelType enumeration value identifying the End-User Designer dock panels to be hidden.


Use the ShowDesigner method to invoke the XRDesignForm form, and show a report in a standard standard End-User Report Designer form.


To access the XRDesignForm object of a ReportDesignTool, use the ReportDesignTool.DesignForm property.

After the End-User Designer form has been loaded for the current report, its XtraReport.DesignerLoaded event is raised.

Note that when an end-user edits a report in the End-User Designer, the instance of a report, for which the ShowDesigner method was called, is also changing. So, a report instance is changed even if an end-user chooses the No button in the “Report has been changed” dialog, invoked when closing a report.


Therefore, if you want to reject all changes made by an end-user, you first need to clone a report instance to a temporary object, and then restore a report from it.

To invoke the ribbon-based End-User Report Designer form for a report, call the ReportDesignTool.ShowRibbonDesigner method.


This example demonstrates how to run the standard End-User Designer form for a particular report, using the ReportDesignTool, via either the ReportDesignTool.ShowDesigner or ReportDesignTool.ShowDesignerDialog methods.

Note that in this example, the End-User Designer is invoked two times: the first time modally, and the second time with the *Properties* window and Report Explorer windows being hidden. You can pass the list of windows to be hidden to the overloaded method as a parameter.

For this example to work correctly, the XtraReport1 class derived from the XtraReport class should exist in the example application.

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.LookAndFeel;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UserDesigner;
// ...

private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    ReportDesignTool dt = new ReportDesignTool(new XtraReport1());

    // Invoke the standard End-User Designer form, modally.

    // Invoke the standard End-User Designer form
    // without the PropertyGrid and ReportExplorer panels.
    dt.ShowDesigner(UserLookAndFeel.Default, DesignDockPanelType.PropertyGrid |
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