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FlowLayoutPanel Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Represents a panel that dynamically lays out its contents horizontally or vertically.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

[ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch)] 
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)] 
public class FlowLayoutPanel : Panel, IExtenderProvider
/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
public class FlowLayoutPanel extends Panel implements IExtenderProvider
ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) 
ComVisibleAttribute(true) 
public class FlowLayoutPanel extends Panel implements IExtenderProvider

The FlowLayoutPanel control arranges its contents in a horizontal or vertical flow direction. Its contents can be wrapped from one row to the next, or from one column to the next. Alternatively, its contents can be clipped instead of wrapped.

You can specify the flow direction by setting the value of the FlowDirection property. The FlowLayoutPanel control correctly reverses its flow direction in right-to-left (RTL) layouts. You can also specify whether the contents of the FlowLayoutPanel control are wrapped or clipped by setting the value of the WrapContents property.

Any Windows Forms control, including other instances of FlowLayoutPanel, can be a child of the FlowLayoutPanel control. With this capability, you can construct sophisticated layouts that adapt to your form's dimensions at run time.

Docking and anchoring behaviors of child controls differ from the behaviors in other container controls. Both docking and anchoring are relative to the largest control in the flow direction. For more information, see How to: Anchor and Dock Child Controls in a FlowLayoutPanel Control.

The following example shows how to set the FlowDirection and WrapContents properties on a FlowLayoutPanel control.


using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
	private void wrapContentsCheckBox_CheckedChanged(
		System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.FlowLayoutPanel1.WrapContents = 
			this.wrapContentsCheckBox.Checked;
    }

    private void flowTopDownBtn_CheckedChanged(
		System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.FlowLayoutPanel1.FlowDirection = FlowDirection.TopDown;
    }

    private void flowBottomUpBtn_CheckedChanged(
		System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.FlowLayoutPanel1.FlowDirection = FlowDirection.BottomUp;
    }

    private void flowLeftToRight_CheckedChanged(
		System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.FlowLayoutPanel1.FlowDirection = FlowDirection.LeftToRight;
    }

    private void flowRightToLeftBtn_CheckedChanged(
		System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.FlowLayoutPanel1.FlowDirection = FlowDirection.RightToLeft;
    }

#region " Windows Form Designer generated code "

    public Form1() : base()
    {        

        //This call is required by the Windows Form Designer.
        InitializeComponent();

        //Add any initialization after the InitializeComponent() call

    }

    //Form overrides dispose to clean up the component list.
    protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
    {
        if (disposing)
        {
            if (components != null)
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
        }
        base.Dispose(disposing);
    }

	private System.Windows.Forms.FlowLayoutPanel FlowLayoutPanel1;
	private System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox wrapContentsCheckBox;
	private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowTopDownBtn;
	private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowBottomUpBtn;
	private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowLeftToRight;
	private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowRightToLeftBtn;
	private System.Windows.Forms.Button Button1;
	private System.Windows.Forms.Button Button2;
	private System.Windows.Forms.Button Button3;
	private System.Windows.Forms.Button Button4;

	//Required by the Windows Form Designer
    private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components;

    //NOTE: The following procedure is required by the Windows Form Designer
    //It can be modified using the Windows Form Designer.  
    //Do not modify it using the code editor.
    [System.Diagnostics.DebuggerNonUserCode]
    private void InitializeComponent()
    {
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1 = new System.Windows.Forms.FlowLayoutPanel();
		this.Button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
		this.Button2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
		this.Button3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
		this.Button4 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
		this.wrapContentsCheckBox = new System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox();
		this.flowTopDownBtn = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
		this.flowBottomUpBtn = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
		this.flowLeftToRight = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
		this.flowRightToLeftBtn = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.SuspendLayout();
		this.SuspendLayout();
// 
// FlowLayoutPanel1
// 
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.Controls.Add(this.Button1);
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.Controls.Add(this.Button2);
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.Controls.Add(this.Button3);
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.Controls.Add(this.Button4);
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(47, 55);
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.Name = "FlowLayoutPanel1";
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.TabIndex = 0;
// 
// Button1
// 
		this.Button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(3, 3);
		this.Button1.Name = "Button1";
		this.Button1.TabIndex = 0;
		this.Button1.Text = "Button1";
// 
// Button2
// 
		this.Button2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(84, 3);
		this.Button2.Name = "Button2";
		this.Button2.TabIndex = 1;
		this.Button2.Text = "Button2";
// 
// Button3
// 
		this.Button3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(3, 32);
		this.Button3.Name = "Button3";
		this.Button3.TabIndex = 2;
		this.Button3.Text = "Button3";
// 
// Button4
// 
		this.Button4.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(84, 32);
		this.Button4.Name = "Button4";
		this.Button4.TabIndex = 3;
		this.Button4.Text = "Button4";
// 
// wrapContentsCheckBox
// 
		this.wrapContentsCheckBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(46, 162);
		this.wrapContentsCheckBox.Name = "wrapContentsCheckBox";
		this.wrapContentsCheckBox.TabIndex = 1;
		this.wrapContentsCheckBox.Text = "Wrap Contents";
		this.wrapContentsCheckBox.CheckedChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.wrapContentsCheckBox_CheckedChanged);
// 
// flowTopDownBtn
// 
		this.flowTopDownBtn.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(45, 193);
		this.flowTopDownBtn.Name = "flowTopDownBtn";
		this.flowTopDownBtn.TabIndex = 2;
		this.flowTopDownBtn.Text = "Flow TopDown";
		this.flowTopDownBtn.CheckedChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.flowTopDownBtn_CheckedChanged);
// 
// flowBottomUpBtn
// 
		this.flowBottomUpBtn.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(44, 224);
		this.flowBottomUpBtn.Name = "flowBottomUpBtn";
		this.flowBottomUpBtn.TabIndex = 3;
		this.flowBottomUpBtn.Text = "Flow BottomUp";
		this.flowBottomUpBtn.CheckedChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.flowBottomUpBtn_CheckedChanged);
// 
// flowLeftToRight
// 
		this.flowLeftToRight.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(156, 193);
		this.flowLeftToRight.Name = "flowLeftToRight";
		this.flowLeftToRight.TabIndex = 4;
		this.flowLeftToRight.Text = "Flow LeftToRight";
		this.flowLeftToRight.CheckedChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.flowLeftToRight_CheckedChanged);
// 
// flowRightToLeftBtn
// 
		this.flowRightToLeftBtn.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(155, 224);
		this.flowRightToLeftBtn.Name = "flowRightToLeftBtn";
		this.flowRightToLeftBtn.TabIndex = 5;
		this.flowRightToLeftBtn.Text = "Flow RightToLeft";
		this.flowRightToLeftBtn.CheckedChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.flowRightToLeftBtn_CheckedChanged);
// 
// Form1
// 
		this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 266);
		this.Controls.Add(this.flowRightToLeftBtn);
		this.Controls.Add(this.flowLeftToRight);
		this.Controls.Add(this.flowBottomUpBtn);
		this.Controls.Add(this.flowTopDownBtn);
		this.Controls.Add(this.wrapContentsCheckBox);
		this.Controls.Add(this.FlowLayoutPanel1);
		this.Name = "Form1";
		this.Text = "Form1";
		this.FlowLayoutPanel1.ResumeLayout(false);
		this.ResumeLayout(false);
	}

#endregion
}

import System.*;
import System.Windows.Forms.*;

public class Form1 extends System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
    private void wrapContentsCheckBox_CheckedChanged(Object sender, 
        System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_WrapContents(this.wrapContentsCheckBox.
            get_Checked());
    } //wrapContentsCheckBox_CheckedChanged

    private void flowTopDownBtn_CheckedChanged(Object sender,
        System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_FlowDirection(FlowDirection.TopDown);
    } //flowTopDownBtn_CheckedChanged

    private void flowBottomUpBtn_CheckedChanged(Object sender,
        System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_FlowDirection(FlowDirection.BottomUp);
    } //flowBottomUpBtn_CheckedChanged

    private void flowLeftToRight_CheckedChanged(Object sender, 
        System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_FlowDirection(FlowDirection.LeftToRight);
    } //flowLeftToRight_CheckedChanged

    private void flowRightToLeftBtn_CheckedChanged(Object sender,
        System.EventArgs e)
    {
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_FlowDirection(FlowDirection.RightToLeft);
    } //flowRightToLeftBtn_CheckedChanged

    #region " Windows Form Designer generated code "
    public Form1()
    {
        //This call is required by the Windows Form Designer.
        InitializeComponent();
    } //Form1

    //Add any initialization after the InitializeComponent() call
    //Form overrides dispose to clean up the component list.
    protected void Dispose(boolean disposing)
    {
        if (disposing) {
            if (components != null) {
                components.Dispose();
            }
        }
        super.Dispose(disposing);
    } //Dispose

    private System.Windows.Forms.FlowLayoutPanel flowLayoutPanel1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox wrapContentsCheckBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowTopDownBtn;
    private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowBottomUpBtn;
    private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowLeftToRight;
    private System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton flowRightToLeftBtn;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Button button1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Button button2;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Button button3;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Button button4;

    //Required by the Windows Form Designer
    private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components;

    //NOTE: The following procedure is required by the Windows Form Designer
    //It can be modified using the Windows Form Designer.  
    //Do not modify it using the code editor.
    /** @attribute System.Diagnostics.DebuggerNonUserCode()
     */
    private void InitializeComponent()
    {
        this.flowLayoutPanel1 = new System.Windows.Forms.FlowLayoutPanel();
        this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
        this.button2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
        this.button3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
        this.button4 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
        this.wrapContentsCheckBox = new System.Windows.Forms.CheckBox();
        this.flowTopDownBtn = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
        this.flowBottomUpBtn = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
        this.flowLeftToRight = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
        this.flowRightToLeftBtn = new System.Windows.Forms.RadioButton();
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.SuspendLayout();
        this.SuspendLayout();
        // 
        // flowLayoutPanel1
        // 
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.get_Controls().Add(this.button1);
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.get_Controls().Add(this.button2);
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.get_Controls().Add(this.button3);
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.get_Controls().Add(this.button4);
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(47, 55));
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_Name("flowLayoutPanel1");
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.set_TabIndex(0);
        // 
        // button1
        // 
        this.button1.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(3, 3));
        this.button1.set_Name("button1");
        this.button1.set_TabIndex(0);
        this.button1.set_Text("button1");
        // 
        // button2
        // 
        this.button2.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(84, 3));
        this.button2.set_Name("button2");
        this.button2.set_TabIndex(1);
        this.button2.set_Text("button2");
        // 
        // button3
        // 
        this.button3.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(3, 32));
        this.button3.set_Name("button3");
        this.button3.set_TabIndex(2);
        this.button3.set_Text("button3");
        // 
        // button4
        // 
        this.button4.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(84, 32));
        this.button4.set_Name("button4");
        this.button4.set_TabIndex(3);
        this.button4.set_Text("button4");
        // 
        // wrapContentsCheckBox
        // 
        this.wrapContentsCheckBox.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(46, 162));
        this.wrapContentsCheckBox.set_Name("wrapContentsCheckBox");
        this.wrapContentsCheckBox.set_TabIndex(1);
        this.wrapContentsCheckBox.set_Text("Wrap Contents");
        this.wrapContentsCheckBox.add_CheckedChanged(new System.EventHandler(
            this.wrapContentsCheckBox_CheckedChanged));
        // 
        // flowTopDownBtn
        // 
        this.flowTopDownBtn.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(45, 193));
        this.flowTopDownBtn.set_Name("flowTopDownBtn");
        this.flowTopDownBtn.set_TabIndex(2);
        this.flowTopDownBtn.set_Text("Flow TopDown");
        this.flowTopDownBtn.add_CheckedChanged(new System.EventHandler(
            this.flowTopDownBtn_CheckedChanged));
        // 
        // flowBottomUpBtn
        // 
        this.flowBottomUpBtn.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(44, 224));
        this.flowBottomUpBtn.set_Name("flowBottomUpBtn");
        this.flowBottomUpBtn.set_TabIndex(3);
        this.flowBottomUpBtn.set_Text("Flow BottomUp");
        this.flowBottomUpBtn.add_CheckedChanged(new System.EventHandler(
            this.flowBottomUpBtn_CheckedChanged));
        // 
        // flowLeftToRight
        // 
        this.flowLeftToRight.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(156, 193));
        this.flowLeftToRight.set_Name("flowLeftToRight");
        this.flowLeftToRight.set_TabIndex(4);
        this.flowLeftToRight.set_Text("Flow LeftToRight");
        this.flowLeftToRight.add_CheckedChanged(new System.EventHandler(
            this.flowLeftToRight_CheckedChanged));
        // 
        // flowRightToLeftBtn
        // 
        this.flowRightToLeftBtn.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(155, 224));
        this.flowRightToLeftBtn.set_Name("flowRightToLeftBtn");
        this.flowRightToLeftBtn.set_TabIndex(5);
        this.flowRightToLeftBtn.set_Text("Flow RightToLeft");
        this.flowRightToLeftBtn.add_CheckedChanged(new System.EventHandler(
            this.flowRightToLeftBtn_CheckedChanged));
        // 
        // Form1
        // 
        this.set_ClientSize(new System.Drawing.Size(292, 266));
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.flowRightToLeftBtn);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.flowLeftToRight);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.flowBottomUpBtn);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.flowTopDownBtn);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.wrapContentsCheckBox);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.flowLayoutPanel1);
        this.set_Name("Form1");
        this.set_Text("Form1");
        this.flowLayoutPanel1.ResumeLayout(false);
        this.ResumeLayout(false);
    } //InitializeComponent
    #endregion
} //Form1 

System.Object
   System.MarshalByRefObject
     System.ComponentModel.Component
       System.Windows.Forms.Control
         System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl
           System.Windows.Forms.Panel
            System.Windows.Forms.FlowLayoutPanel

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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