Task Panel provides an Office TaskPanel similar to what is seen in Microsoft® Office and Windows Explorer. You can easily manage your application shortcuts and have a unique way of displaying information to the end user. Define your own categories and shortcuts to match your applications current theme settings. The TaskPanel can even be used as a VS. NET style Toolbox!
Task Panel allows you to easily add groups of related items to your task panel. You can add text items that allow you to display important information, you can add links, and you can add your own custom controls such as a textbox, combobox, command button, and option button.
Task Panel allows you to hide/show the caption bar of your Task Panel groups giving you more flexibility over how your data is displayed to the user.
Task Panel allows you to designate a group as "special." Groups marked as special will be displayed differently than normal groups drawing your user's attention to that particular group. This is an excellent way to show the user the "default" or important items.
Task Panel allows you to use animation effects when opening and closing groups in the Task Panel. You can turn animation on, off, or use the currently set operating system settings. In addition to animation, you have several predefined behaviors to choose from that change the way that groups are opened and closed.
Task Panel allows you to designate which groups the user can expand and hide. You can specify individual groups or indicate that all groups can or can't be expanded.
Task Panel allows you change the margins of the TaskPanel. You can change the margins surrounding the Task Panel groups, or you can change the margins of each individual Task Panel group item.
Group Item Margins
Group and Item margins
Task Panel ActiveX offers a ‘VS.NET Style Toolbox’ which provides a great alternative to the standard menu shortcuts. The Toolbox is incorporated into the TaskPanel so your Toolbox has all the functionality of the TaskPanel. You can easily create and assign toolbox commands. There are several themes to choose from:
Visual Studio Theme
Office 2003 Theme
Office XP Theme
Task Panel's Toolbox control allows you to change the layout of your toolbox items with a single line of code. The items can be displayed as Images, Images with text, and Images with text below the icons. You can change the layout of the toolbox at any time in your program.
"Image and Text Below Icon" layout
"Image and Text" layout
Task Panel's Toolbox and Task Panel control allows you to change "Drag and Drop" items. You can move items within the same group, or you can drag items to another group. You can also Drag and Drop an entire group. Drag and Drop allows you to easily customize a Toolbox or TaskPanel.
Task Panel's Toolbox and Task Panel control offers toggle buttons that allow the user to easily see when items in your Toolbox and TaskPanel are "on" or "off". When a toggle button is clicked, you only need to update the "selected" property of the item.
With Task Panel's Toolbox and Task Panel control you always have the choice of selecting either small or large toolbar icons. You can easily set the size of the icons that will be used for small or large icons. Switching between the two can be accomplished with only a few mouse clicks, giving users the satisfaction of controlling the look of the application. With this feature there is no need to worry about running out of space for more icons in using the small icons and there is no need for squinting to determine which icon to use when using the large icons.
Toolbox with Large Icons
Toolbox with Small Icons
Task Panel's Toolbox and Task Panel control allows you to easily add hot tracking. When you move the mouse cursor over your items, they will become "Hot" when Hot Tracking is enabled. This allows you to easily see which item the mouse cursor is over. There are 4 different styles of hot tracking to choose from, which are, Text and Image, Text Only, Image Only, and None.
Text and Image Style
No Hot Tracking Style
Task Panel's Toolbox and TaskPanel control allows you to change the animation behavior of group items as you navigate them.
Explorer style behavior
Listbox style behavior
Toolbox style behavior