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This article will describe the VirtualizingWrapPanel and how it can be used as an ItemsPanel for a RadListBox.

Key Properties

  • ItemHeight: Gets or sets a value that specifies the Height of all items that are contained within a VirtualizingWrapPanel.
  • ItemWidth: Gets or sets a value that specifies the Width of all items that are contained within a VirtualizingWrapPanel.
  • ScrollStep: Gets or sets a value for the amount that will be scrolled when using the mouse wheel or the scrollbar buttons (Not supported when grouping is enabled).

Scrolling with the Page up and Page down keys is not supported when grouping is enabled.

The VirtualizingWrapPanel also suports the following attached properties from the VirtualizingPanel class for .Net 4.5 and above:

  • VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit : The possible values are Pixel (the scrolling is pixel based) and Item (the scrolling is item based). (When grouping is enabled, only Pixel is supported).
  • VirtualizingPanel.IsVirtualizingWhenGrouping : Set this property to True to enable virtualizing when grouping.
  • VirtualizingPanel.VirtualizationMode: Specifies the method the panel will use to manage virtualizing its child items. The possible values are Standard (create and discard the item containers) and Recycling (reuse the item containers).

Since the R3 2019 version, the VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit property is respected for .Net 4.5 and above. Its default value is Item, which means that the default scrolling will be by item. In order to have pixel based scrolling you can set this property to Pixel.


In order to demonstrate how the VirtualizingWrapPanel can be used, we will setup some sample data as demonstrated in Example 1.

Example 1: Setting up the model and viewmodel

public class ViewModel : ViewModelBase 
    private ObservableCollection<Customer> customers; 
    private CollectionViewSource collectionViewSource = new CollectionViewSource(); 
    private ICollectionView customersView; 
    public ViewModel() 
        this.Customers = new ObservableCollection<Customer>() 
            new Customer { Id = 1, Name = "Customer 1" }, 
            new Customer { Id = 2, Name = "Customer 2" }, 
            new Customer { Id = 3, Name = "Customer 3" }, 
            new Customer { Id = 4, Name = "Customer 4" }, 
            new Customer { Id = 5, Name = "Customer 5" }  
        this.collectionViewSource.Source = this.Customers; 
        this.collectionViewSource.View.GroupDescriptions.Add(new PropertyGroupDescription("Name")); 
        this.CustomersView = this.collectionViewSource.View; 
    public ObservableCollection<Customer> Customers 
        get { return this.customers; } 
            if (this.customers != value) 
                this.customers = value; 
                this.OnPropertyChanged(() => this.Customers); 
    public ICollectionView CustomersView 
            return this.customersView; 
            if(this.customersView != value) 
                this.customersView = value; 
                this.OnPropertyChanged(() => this.CustomersView); 
Public Class Customer 
    Public Property Name() As String 
    Public Property Id() As Integer 
End Class 
Public Class ViewModel 
Inherits ViewModelBase 
    Private _customers As ObservableCollection(Of Customer) 
    Private collectionViewSource As New CollectionViewSource() 
    Private _customersView As ICollectionView 
    Public Sub New() 
        Me.Customers = New ObservableCollection(Of Customer)() From { 
            New Customer With { 
                .Id = 1, 
                .Name = "Customer 1" 
            New Customer With { 
                .Id = 2, 
                .Name = "Customer 2" 
            New Customer With { 
                .Id = 3, 
                .Name = "Customer 3" 
            New Customer With { 
                .Id = 4, 
                .Name = "Customer 4" 
            New Customer With { 
                .Id = 5, 
                .Name = "Customer 5" 
        'This will be needed in order to group the data 
        Me.collectionViewSource.Source = Me.Customers 
        Me.collectionViewSource.View.GroupDescriptions.Add(New PropertyGroupDescription("Name")) 
        Me.CustomersView = Me.collectionViewSource.View 
    End Sub 
    Public Property Customers() As ObservableCollection(Of Customer) 
            Return Me._customers 
        End Get 
        Set(ByVal value As ObservableCollection(Of Customer)) 
            If Me._customers IsNot value Then 
                Me._customers = value 
                Me.OnPropertyChanged(Function() Me.Customers) 
            End If 
        End Set 
    End Property 
    Public Property CustomersView() As ICollectionView 
            Return Me._customersView 
        End Get 
        Set(ByVal value As ICollectionView) 
            If Me._customersView IsNot value Then 
                Me._customersView = value 
                Me.OnPropertyChanged(Function() Me.CustomersView) 
            End If 
        End Set 
    End Property 
End Class 

Setting up the RadListBox

Example 2 demonstrates how the VirtualizingWrapPanel can be used as an ItemsPanel for a RadListBox. You can read some more about the benefits of UI Virtualization in the following article.

Example 2: RadListBox with VirtualizingWrapPanel as ItemsPanel

        <local:ViewModel x:Key="ViewModel" /> 
    <Grid DataContext="{StaticResource ViewModel}"> 
        <telerik:RadListBox ItemsSource="{Binding CustomersView}"  
                <!-- If you are using the NoXaml binaries, you will have to base the style on the default one for the theme like so:  
                <Style TargetType="telerik:RadListBoxItem" BasedOn="{StaticResource RadListBoxItemStyle}">--> 
                <Style TargetType="telerik:RadListBoxItem"> 
                    <Setter Property="Background" Value="Red" /> 
                    <telerik:VirtualizingWrapPanel  /> 

Figure 1: Result from Example 2 in the Office2016 theme

RadListBox with VirtualizingWrapPanel as ItemsPanel


Example 3 demonstrates how you can apply grouping to the data by setting the GroupStyle property. Otherwise, the example uses the same setup as Example 2.

Example 3: Grouped RadListBox with VirtualizingWrapPanel as ItemsPanel

                <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}" Background="Green" /> 

Grouping and Virtualization

Since the R3 2019 version of UI for WPF the VirtualizingWrapPanel supports virtualization when the data is grouped. This feature is only available for .Net 4.5 and above. In order to turn on this feature, you have to set the VirtualizingPanel.IsVirtualizingWhenGrouping attached property to True. Additionally, you have to set the VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit to Pixel, since VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit="Item" is not supported while grouping. Optionally, you can also set the VirtualizingPanel.VirtualizationMode property to Recycling in order for the item containers to be recycled during scrolling.

Example 4: Turning on virtualization while grouping

<telerik:RadListBox VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit="Pixel" 
                    VirtualizingPanel.VirtualizationMode="Recycling" /> 

When the VirtualizingPanel.IsVirtualizingWhenGrouping property is set to True, the VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit needs to be Pixel, since VirtualizingPanel.ScrollUnit="Item" is not supported.

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