Panel::ZIndex Attached Property


Gets or sets a value that represents the order on the z-plane in which an element appears.

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

See GetZIndex, SetZIndex

Property Value

Type: System::Int32

The order on the z-plane in which this element appears.

The greater the value of a given element, the more likely the element is to appear in the foreground. Likewise, if an element has a relatively low value, the element will likely appear in the background. For example, an element that has a value of 5 will appear above an element that has a value of 4, which in turn will appear above an element that has a value of 3, and so on. Negative values are allowed, and they continue this precedence pattern.

Members of a Children collection that have equal ZIndex values are rendered in the order in which they appear in the visual tree. You can determine the index position of a child by iterating the members of the Children collection.

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The following example demonstrates how to set the value of the ZIndex property by using Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) and code.

// Create the application's main window
mainWindow = gcnew Window();
mainWindow->Title = "Canvas ZIndex Sample";

// Create the Canvas
myCanvas = gcnew Canvas();

// Create the child Rectangle elements
myRectangle1 = gcnew Rectangle();
myRectangle2 = gcnew Rectangle();
myRectangle3 = gcnew Rectangle();
myRectangle4 = gcnew Rectangle();
myRectangle5 = gcnew Rectangle();
myRectangle6 = gcnew Rectangle();

// Set properties on the Rectangle elements
Canvas::SetTop(myRectangle1, 100);
Canvas::SetLeft(myRectangle1, 100);
Canvas::SetZIndex(myRectangle1, 3);
myRectangle1->Fill = Brushes::Blue;
myRectangle1->Width = 100;
myRectangle1->Height = 100;

Canvas::SetTop(myRectangle2, 150);
Canvas::SetLeft(myRectangle2, 150);
Canvas::SetZIndex(myRectangle2, 1);
myRectangle2->Fill = Brushes::Yellow;
myRectangle2->Width = 100;
myRectangle2->Height = 100;

Canvas::SetTop(myRectangle3, 200);
Canvas::SetLeft(myRectangle3, 200);
Canvas::SetZIndex(myRectangle3, 2);
myRectangle3->Fill = Brushes::Green;
myRectangle3->Width = 100;
myRectangle3->Height = 100;

Canvas::SetTop(myRectangle4, 300);
Canvas::SetLeft(myRectangle4, 200);
Canvas::SetZIndex(myRectangle4, 1);
myRectangle4->Fill = Brushes::Green;
myRectangle4->Width = 100;
myRectangle4->Height = 100;

Canvas::SetTop(myRectangle5, 350);
Canvas::SetLeft(myRectangle5, 150);
Canvas::SetZIndex(myRectangle5, 3);
myRectangle5->Fill = Brushes::Yellow;
myRectangle5->Width = 100;
myRectangle5->Height = 100;

Canvas::SetTop(myRectangle6, 400);
Canvas::SetLeft(myRectangle6, 100);
Canvas::SetZIndex(myRectangle6, 2);
myRectangle6->Fill = Brushes::Blue;
myRectangle6->Width = 100;
myRectangle6->Height = 100;

// Add the Rectangles to the Canvas' Children collection

// Add the Canvas as the Content of the parent Window Object
mainWindow->Content = myCanvas;

<Page xmlns="" WindowTitle="ZIndex Sample">
    <Rectangle Canvas.ZIndex="3" Width="100" Height="100" Canvas.Top="100" Canvas.Left="100" Fill="blue"/>
    <Rectangle Canvas.ZIndex="1" Width="100" Height="100" Canvas.Top="150" Canvas.Left="150" Fill="yellow"/>
    <Rectangle Canvas.ZIndex="2" Width="100" Height="100" Canvas.Top="200" Canvas.Left="200" Fill="green"/>

    <!-- Reverse the order to illustrate z-index property -->

    <Rectangle Canvas.ZIndex="1" Width="100" Height="100" Canvas.Top="300" Canvas.Left="200" Fill="green"/>
    <Rectangle Canvas.ZIndex="3" Width="100" Height="100" Canvas.Top="350" Canvas.Left="150" Fill="yellow"/>
    <Rectangle Canvas.ZIndex="2" Width="100" Height="100" Canvas.Top="400" Canvas.Left="100" Fill="blue"/>
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