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Forums » Prof-UIS Tech Support » Docking Guides in VS2005 Skin Collapse All
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Kevin Murray Aug 19, 2008 - 2:30 PM

Using the VS2005 theme/skin/thing, and of course when you drag a dockable window somewhere else it can dock you get the "docking guides" that show the four hours and the tab option in the center:

[<] [tab]  [>]

What I want to do is disable the four arrow buttons.  I can make sure my window(s) won’t dock to them utilizing _CanDockLTRB and make sure tabbing is still allowed via  _CanDockToTabbedContainers, but the four arrow buttons are still visible.  They don’t do anything, but they are visible.

Is there any way to remove them when I am using a window I don’t want to dock LTRB?


Technical Support Aug 20, 2008 - 11:33 AM

The docking markers (also known as guide diamonds) and resizable control bars are working together with each other. We did not implement support for partially visible guide diamonds because the resizable control bars were designed as windows without any restrictions on positions and sizes. In Visual Studio the user typically configures all the needed bars only once and then never changes bar positions. The resizable bars mostly designed for advanced users which know what is a dockable window and can use them freely. If your software is oriented for less experienced users, you should implement some UI options which will allow to restore some default layout of docking windows. In some cases less experienced users will be even more happy if your software do not have support for drag-n-dropping nor dockable windows can be closed..