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Panel::InternalChildren Property

Gets a UIElementCollection of child elements.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

protected public:
property UIElementCollection^ InternalChildren {
	UIElementCollection^ get ();

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Controls::UIElementCollection
An ordered collection of UIElement objects. This property has no default value.

The returned collection includes items that are added directly in code, and also items that are generated by data binding.

Classes that are derived from Panel should use this property, instead of the Children property, for internal overrides such as MeasureCore and ArrangeCore.

This example shows how to override the default layout behavior of the Panel element and create custom layout elements that are derived from Panel.

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.

To implement custom Panel behaviors, the example uses the MeasureOverride and ArrangeOverride methods. Each method returns the Size data that is necessary to position and render child elements.

      ref class PlotPanel : Panel {

         PlotPanel () {};

         // Override the default Measure method of Panel
         virtual Size MeasureOverride(Size availableSize) override
             Size^ panelDesiredSize = gcnew Size();

             // In our example, we just have one child. 
             // Report that our panel requires just the size of its only child.
             for each (UIElement^ child in InternalChildren)
				 panelDesiredSize = child->DesiredSize;
             return *panelDesiredSize ;

         virtual System::Windows::Size ArrangeOverride (Size finalSize) override 
            for each (UIElement^ child in InternalChildren)
               double x = 50;
               double y = 50;
               child->Arrange(Rect(Point(x, y), child->DesiredSize));
            return finalSize;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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