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Undo and Redo

Please note that the examples in this tutorial are showcasing Telerik Windows8 theme. In the Setting a Theme article you can find more information on how to set an application-wide theme.

Undo/Redo Overview

Telerik Diagramming Framework exposes Undo/Redo functionality. The framework allows you to keep track of the changes made in a Diagramming structure and trigger an undo or redo action using commands, methods or keyboard shortcuts.

Undo/Redo Methods

Telerik RadDiagram class exposes two methods that allow you to take advantage of the undo/redo functionality.

  • Undo() - this method reverts the last operation in the RadDiagram.

  • Redo() - this method reapplies the last operation that was undone in the RadDiagram.

<Grid>
    <Grid.RowDefinitions>
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
        <RowDefinition Height="*" />
    </Grid.RowDefinitions>
    <StackPanel HorizontalAlignment="Center" Orientation="Horizontal">
        <telerik:RadButton Margin="5,0"
                           Click="Undo"
                           Content="Undo" />
        <telerik:RadButton Margin="5,0"
                           Click="Redo"
                           Content="Redo" />
    </StackPanel>
    <telerik:RadDiagram x:Name="diagram"
                        Grid.Row="1"
                        Margin="5">
        <telerik:RadDiagramShape x:Name="Shape1"
                                 Content="Shape 1"
                                 Position="80,20" />
        <telerik:RadDiagramShape x:Name="Shape2"
                                 Content="Shape 2"
                                 Position="320,20" />

        <telerik:RadDiagramConnection SourceCapType="Arrow6Filled"
                                      Target="{Binding ElementName=Shape1}"
                                      TargetCapType="Arrow1Filled"
                                      StartPoint="5,40" />
        <telerik:RadDiagramConnection Source="{Binding ElementName=Shape1}"
                                      SourceCapType="Arrow5"
                                      Target="{Binding ElementName=Shape2}"
                                      TargetCapType="Arrow5Filled" />
        <telerik:RadDiagramConnection Source="{Binding ElementName=Shape2}"
                                      SourceCapType="Arrow6"
                                      TargetCapType="Arrow6Filled"
                                      EndPoint="480,40" />
    </telerik:RadDiagram>
</Grid>

private void Undo(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    diagram.Undo();
}

private void Redo(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    diagram.Redo();
}                 
Private Sub Undo(sender As Object, e As RoutedEventArgs)
    diagram.Undo()
End Sub

Private Sub Redo(sender As Object, e As RoutedEventArgs)
    diagram.Redo()
End Sub         

Rad Diagram Features Undo Redo Methods

Undo/Redo Commands

Telerik Diagramming Framework exposes a set of commands that allow you to easily implement RadDiagram interaction logic in MVVM solutions. In order to trigger the Undo/Redo functionality you can use the DiagramCommands.Undo and DiagramCommands.Redo commands. Please keep in mind that in order to use those commands for reverting back and forward RadDiagram operations, you need to explicitly set the diagram as the target of the commands.

For a full list of the Telerik DiagramCommands, please refer to the Commands tutorial.

<Grid Margin="20">
    <Grid.RowDefinitions>
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />
        <RowDefinition Height="*" />
    </Grid.RowDefinitions>
    <StackPanel HorizontalAlignment="Center" Orientation="Horizontal">
        <telerik:RadButton Margin="5,0"
                           Command="telerik:DiagramCommands.Undo"
                           CommandTarget="{Binding ElementName=diagram}"
                           Content="Undo" />
        <telerik:RadButton Margin="5,0"
                           Command="telerik:DiagramCommands.Redo"
                           CommandTarget="{Binding ElementName=diagram}"
                           Content="Redo" />
    </StackPanel>
    <telerik:RadDiagram x:Name="diagram"
                        Grid.Row="1"
                        Margin="5">
        <telerik:RadDiagramShape x:Name="Shape1"
                                 Content="Shape 1"
                                 Position="80,20" />
        <telerik:RadDiagramShape x:Name="Shape2"
                                 Content="Shape 2"
                                 Position="320,20" />

        <telerik:RadDiagramConnection SourceCapType="Arrow6Filled"
                                      Target="{Binding ElementName=Shape1}"
                                      TargetCapType="Arrow1Filled"
                                      StartPoint="5,40" />
        <telerik:RadDiagramConnection Source="{Binding ElementName=Shape1}"
                                      SourceCapType="Arrow5"
                                      Target="{Binding ElementName=Shape2}"
                                      TargetCapType="Arrow5Filled" />
        <telerik:RadDiagramConnection Source="{Binding ElementName=Shape2}"
                                      SourceCapType="Arrow6"
                                      TargetCapType="Arrow6Filled"
                                      EndPoint="480,40" />
    </telerik:RadDiagram>
</Grid>

UndoRedoService

You can further extend the undo/redo functionality of your Diagramming solution using the RadDiagram.UndoRedoService property. It exposes the following properties:

  • RedoStack - use it to get the IEnumerable collection of redid actions.

  • RedoBufferSize - use it to get or set the redo actions buffer size.

  • UndoStack - use it to get the IEnumerable collection of undid actions.

  • UndoBufferSize - use it to get or set the undo actions buffer size.

The UndoRedoService also exposes undo/redo methods:

  • CanRedo() - this method determines if the RadDiagram instance can redo operations.

  • Redo() - this method reapplies the last operation that was undone in the RadDiagram.

  • CanUndo() - this method determines if the RadDiagram instance can undo operations.

  • Undo() - this method reverts the last operation in the RadDiagram.

  • ExecuteCommand() - this method allows you to execute a custom command. It takes as an argument a Telerik.Windows.Diagrams.Core.ICommand command and it also allwos you to pass a state parameter as its second argument.

You can use the UndoRedoService UndoStack/RedoStack properties to create a DropDownMenu displaying the list of undid or redid actions in your application. You can find a solution showcasing this approach in our online demos.

Keyboard Support

You can also trigger an undo or redo action using a keyboard combination:

  • Ctrl+Z - this key combination will trigger an Undo action.

  • Ctrl+Y - this key combination will trigger a Redo action.

More information about the Telerik Diagramming Framework keyboard shortcuts you can find in the Shortcuts tutorial.

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