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Getting Started Overview

This tutorial will walk you through creating a RadPanelBar and shows how to:

  • Use the RadPanelBar Item Builder to build a multi-level panel bar.

  • Apply a skin to the panel bar to change its look & feel.

  • Add a template to a panel bar item.

  • Set RadPanelBar properties.

Creating a panel bar using the RadPanelBar Item Builder

  • Drag a RadPanelBar component from the toolbox onto your Web page. The RadPanelBar Smart Tag should appear automatically:PanelBar Tasks

  • On the Smart Tag, choose Build RadPanelBar. The RadPanelBar Item Builder appears:RadPanelBar Item Builder

  • Click the Add root item button ( Panelbar Add Root Item) to add a root item to your panel bar.

  • Set its Text property to "Mail".
    PanelBar Item Builder

  • With the "Mail" item selected, click the Add child item button ( Add Child Item) to add a child to your root item.

    • Select the child item and set its Text property to "In Box".
  • Select the "Mail" item again, and click the Add child item button twice to add two more child items.

    • Set the Text property of the first of these to "Deleted Items".

    • Set the Text property of the second of these to "Sent Items".First Item With Children

  • Click the Add root item button to add another root item. Set its Text property to "Calendar".

  • With the "Calendar" item selected, click the Add child item button to add a child item. Set its Text property to an empty string.

  • Click the Add root item button again to add a third root item. Set its Text property to "Notes".

  • Select the "Notes" item and click the Add child item button four times to add four child items.

    • Set the Text property of the first child item to "My Notes".

    • Set the Text property of the second child item "Shared Notes".

    • Set the Text property of the third child item to <hr> and set its IsSeparator property to True.

    • Set the Text property of the fourth child item to "Archive".Item Builder Two Levels

  • Select the "Archive" child item. With the Archive button selected, click the Add child item button twice to give the child item two child items of its own.

    • Set the Text property of the first child item to "My Notes"

    • Set the Text property of the second child item to "Shared Notes".Item Builder Three Levels

  • Click OK to confirm and exit.

  • Back in the RadPanelBar Smart Tag, use the Skin drop-down to change the skin for the RadPanelBar to "Outlook". The appearance of the RadPanelBar in the designer changes to reflect the new skin:Choose Skin

  • In the RadPanelBar Smart Tag, click the Edit Templates link.

  • The Smart Tag switches to template editing mode. From the Display drop-down, select the template for the child item of the "Calendar" item:Template Editing Mode

  • Drag a RadCalendar control from the toolbox onto the Template Design Surface. Set its Skin property to "Outlook" to match the panel bar:Template Item

  • Click on the RadPanelBar Smart Tag anchor to display its Smart Tag again, and choose End Template Editing:End Template Editing

  • Right click on the RadPanelBar, and from its context menu, choose Properties.

  • In the Behavior section of the properties pane:

    • Expand the ExpandAnimation property and set the Type to "InOutBounce". This introduces an animated effect when items are expanded.

    • Set the ExpandMode property to "SingleExpandedItem". This specifies that only one item can be expanded at a time.

  • Run the application. Click on the panel bar items to expand them. Note the animated effect. When you expand the "Calendar" item, the template displays:
    PanelBar Calendar Template

When you click the Notes item, the second level of items appears. You can then click on the "Archive" item to display the third level of items:
Getting Started Hierarchy

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