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Guidelines and Best Practices for Authoring Forms in the Authoring Tool

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Service Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Service Manager

Use the following guidelines when you are authoring forms in the System Center 2012 – Service Manager Authoring Tool. For more information about how Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) forms work and WPF customization guidelines, see Windows Presentation Foundation on MSDN.

  • When you are customizing existing default forms by adding new controls, first create a new Tab control, and then add the new controls to the new Tab control.

  • Store all customizations of a particular form in a single management pack.

  • Group related controls in a Panel control so that you can better handle them as a group.

  • You can drop controls only in containers, such as the Panel container control.

  • Set one or more of the following control properties to Auto to allow for dynamic adjustment of placement: Height, Width, Minimum Height, Minimum Width, Left, Top, Right, and Bottom. Depending on the resulting behavior, adjust these settings.

See Also

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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