#1,043 – Using a DockPanel as the Items Panel for a ListBox

You can replace the default StackPanel used as the items panel for a ListBox with any other panel element.  Below is an example of displaying some news stories in a DockPanel.

Assume that we have a NewsStory class as follow:

    public class NewsStory
        public string Story { get; set; }
        public Brush Color { get; set; }
        public Dock Dock { get; set; }
        public double Rotate { get; set; }

        public NewsStory(string story, Color color, Dock dock, double rotate)
            Story = story;
            Color = new SolidColorBrush(color);
            Dock = dock;
            Rotate = rotate;

        public override string ToString()
            return Story;

We can then create a collection of NewsStory items that we’ll bind to.  Notice that we create a spiral pattern by setting consecutive Dock properties to Bottom/Left/Top/Right.  We also use the Angle property to rotate every other element.

    public partial class MainWindow : Window, INotifyPropertyChanged
        public MainWindow()
            this.DataContext = this;

            Stories = new ObservableCollection<NewsStory>
                new NewsStory("Diaper Market Bottoms Out", Colors.AliceBlue, Dock.Bottom, 0.0),
                new NewsStory("Antique Stripper to Display Wares", Colors.AntiqueWhite, Dock.Left, -90.0),
                new NewsStory("Cancer Society Honors Marlboro Man", Colors.Aqua, Dock.Top, 0.0),
                new NewsStory("War Dims Hope for Peace", Colors.Aquamarine, Dock.Right, -90.0)
                // more entries go here..


        public ObservableCollection<NewsStory> Stories { get; protected set; }

        // INotifyPropertyChanged
        public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged = delegate { };

        private void RaisePropertyChanged(string propName)
            PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(propName));

In XAML, we set the ItemContainerStyle to do the docking and specify a DockPanel as the ItemsPanel.

        <ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding Stories}">
                <Style TargetType="{x:Type ListBoxItem}">
                    <Setter Property="DockPanel.Dock" Value="{Binding Dock}"/>
                    <Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment" Value="Stretch"/>
                    <Setter Property="VerticalContentAlignment" Value="Stretch"/>
                    <DockPanel IsItemsHost="True"/>
                    <Label Content="{Binding Story}"
                           Background="{Binding Color}">
                            <RotateTransform Angle="{Binding Rotate}"/>

Here’s what the end result looks like:



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.

One Response to #1,043 – Using a DockPanel as the Items Panel for a ListBox

  1. john Smith says:

    Thank you for your code ^^

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