How to: Create a Custom Panel Element
The example defines a simple custom Panel element called PlotPanel, which positions child elements according to two hard-coded x- and y-coordinates. In this example, x and y are both set to 50; therefore, all child elements are positioned at that location on the x and y axes.
Public Class PlotPanel Inherits Panel 'Override the default Measure method of Panel. Protected Overrides Function MeasureOverride(ByVal availableSize As System.Windows.Size) As System.Windows.Size Dim panelDesiredSize As New Size() For Each child As UIElement In InternalChildren child.Measure(availableSize) panelDesiredSize = child.DesiredSize Next Return panelDesiredSize End Function Protected Overrides Function ArrangeOverride(ByVal finalSize As System.Windows.Size) As System.Windows.Size For Each child As UIElement In InternalChildren Dim x As Double = 50 Dim y As Double = 50 child.Arrange(New Rect(New System.Windows.Point(x, y), child.DesiredSize)) Next Return finalSize End Function End Class
For the complete sample, see Create a Simple Custom Panel Sample.