#1,000 – Displaying the Contents of a ListBox in a Circle

We can arrange the child elements of a ListBox into a circle by defining a new class that inherits from Panel, as follows:

    public class CircularPanel : Panel
        protected override System.Windows.Size MeasureOverride(System.Windows.Size availableSize)
            foreach (UIElement child in Children)
                child.Measure(new Size(double.PositiveInfinity, double.PositiveInfinity));

            return base.MeasureOverride(availableSize);

        // Arrange stuff in a circle
        protected override System.Windows.Size ArrangeOverride(System.Windows.Size finalSize)
            if (Children.Count > 0)
                // Center & radius of panel
                Point center = new Point(finalSize.Width / 2, finalSize.Height / 2);
                double radius = Math.Min(finalSize.Width, finalSize.Height) / 2.0;
                radius *= 0.8;   // To avoid hitting edges

                // # radians between children
                double angleIncrRadians = 2.0 * Math.PI / Children.Count;

                double angleInRadians = 0.0;

                foreach (UIElement child in Children)
                    Point childPosition = new Point(
                        radius * Math.Cos(angleInRadians) + center.X,
                        radius * Math.Sin(angleInRadians) + center.Y);

                    child.Arrange(new Rect(childPosition, child.DesiredSize));

                    angleInRadians += angleIncrRadians;

            return finalSize;

We can now use this panel as the ItemsPanel for a ListBox.

        <ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding ActorList}">
                    <local:CircularPanel />

(Thanks to Jobi Joy for an example of this).


About Sean
Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

6 Responses to #1,000 – Displaying the Contents of a ListBox in a Circle

  1. MiHa says:

    Congratulations! Half way done 🙂

  2. sshumakov says:

    Great example, thank you 🙂

  3. masoto says:

    Your solutions compile for me but the form is Blank after compilation @ Sean???

    • Sean says:

      What are you setting your data context to? And how are you populating the ActorList? You’ll notice that the ListBox binds to a property named ActorList, so you’ll need to properly set up an ActorList property and implement INotifyPropertyChanged, as appropriate. If you don’t understand how to populate a ListBox via data binding, take a look at posts #964-968.

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