#1,170 – Custom Panel, part II (Simple Arrangement of Child Elements)

You create a class that derives from Panel in order to create a panel control with custom behavior.  Below, we expand on the earlier example to create a simple panel that stacks its child elements vertically, stretching them to fit the available space.

Here’s what happens:

  • In the Measure phase, we tell each element how big it should be, dividing the vertical space by the # child elements
  • In the Arrange phase, we position the elements
    public class MyPanel : Panel
        protected override Size MeasureOverride(Size availableSize)
            Size childSize = new Size(availableSize.Width, availableSize.Height / InternalChildren.Count);

            foreach (UIElement elem in InternalChildren)

            return availableSize;

        protected override Size ArrangeOverride(Size finalSize)
            double childHeight = finalSize.Height / InternalChildren.Count;
            Size childSize = new Size(finalSize.Width, childHeight);

            double top = 0.0;
            for (int i = 0; i < InternalChildren.Count; i++)
                Rect r = new Rect(new Point(0.0, top), childSize);
                top += childHeight;

            return finalSize;


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One Response to #1,170 – Custom Panel, part II (Simple Arrangement of Child Elements)

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