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Fully implemented BCGControlBar Pro (MFC)
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Fully implemented BCGControlBar (Microsoft .NET)

Visual Studio style Docking/Resizable Control Bar

The library provides resizable docking control bars with expanding panes similar to Visual Studio.  Using these control bars, both developer and end user can easy build the required application layout.

The appearance of control bar is fully customizable.  Microsoft Office XP/2000/2003/2007 look is supported as well and can be changed on the fly.

Docking control bars provide the following functionality:

  • Dock to a main frame window
  • Switch to autohide mode (Professional Edition only)
  • Attach to a tabbed window  (Professional Edition only)
  • Float in a miniframe
  • Dock to another control bar that is floating in a miniframe window (Professional Edition only)
  • Free resizing
  • Load/save state from/to the Windows registry
  • Can be created with or without caption. The caption may have a text and may be filled with gradient color
  • Can be dragged with or without (using drag rectangle) context

The advanced docking algorithms allow to set up the docking windows as you like (Professional Edition only):

  • Ability to dock several control bars to a floating miniframe window
  • Ability to create nested docking containers
  • Ability to make floating or non-floating (statically docked) control bars
  • Customizable appearance of control bar slider


Control bar can be floating and docked everywhere:

An advanced algorithms allow to set up the docking windows as you like (example of nested docking):

Context menu displays list of actions (states):

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