XtraReportDesignerExtensions.ShowDesigner(XtraReport, UserLookAndFeel, DesignDockPanelType) Method

Invokes the standard End-User Report Designer form with the specified look and feel settings as well as design panel visibility settings.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraReports.UI

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraReports.v18.2.Extensions.dll


public static void ShowDesigner(
    this XtraReport report,
    UserLookAndFeel lookAndFeel,
    DesignDockPanelType hiddenPanels
Public Shared Sub ShowDesigner(
    report As XtraReport,
    lookAndFeel As UserLookAndFeel,
    hiddenPanels As DesignDockPanelType


Type Name Description
XtraReport report

A report to open in the End-User Report Designer.

UserLookAndFeel lookAndFeel

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

DesignDockPanelType hiddenPanels

One or more DesignDockPanelType enumeration values identifying the Report Designer dock panels to be hidden.


Call the ShowDesigner method to open the report in the default Report Designer form with a Standard Toolbar.

To be able to use this method, you should add the DevExpress.XtraReports.v18.2.Extensions.dll to your project's References list.

The following example demonstrates how to invoke the Report Designer with the default look and feel settings and without the Property Grid and Report Explorer panels.

using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
using DevExpress.LookAndFeel;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UserDesigner;
// ...

XtraReport1 report = new XtraReport1();
report.ShowDesigner(UserLookAndFeel.Default, DesignDockPanelType.PropertyGrid 

We recommend you use the ReportDesignTool class instead, which provides the similar ReportDesignTool.ShowDesigner method and additionally allows you to customize the Report Designer form. This class also enables you to release the memory right after showing this form (for instance, by calling the Dispose method or utilizing the using statement).


You cannot use the ShowDesigner method in Web applications. Use the Web Report Designer instead.

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