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Floating Panels in JavaScript (ES5) Dashboard Layout control

23 Feb 2021 / 2 minutes to read

The floating functionality of the component allows to effectively use the entire layout for the panel’s placement. If the floating functionality is enabled, the panels within the layout get floated upwards automatically to occupy the empty cells available in previous rows. This functionality can be enabled or disabled using the allowFloating property of the component.

The following sample demonstrates how to enable or disable the floating of panels in the DashboardLayout component.

// initialize dashboardlayout component
var dashboard  = new ej.layouts.DashboardLayout({
    cellSpacing: [10, 10],
    allowFloating: false,
    cellAspectRatio: 100/75,
    columns: 6,
    panels: [{'sizeX': 2, 'sizeY': 2,'row': 1, 'col': 0, content:'<div class="content">0</div>'},
    {'sizeX': 2, 'sizeY': 2, 'row': 2,'col': 2, content:'<div class="content">1</div>'},
    {'sizeX': 2, 'sizeY': 2, 'row': 3, 'col': 4, content:'<div class="content">2</div>'}]
// render initialized dashboardlayout

var resetPanels = dashboard.serialize();
resetPanels[0].content = '<div class="content">0</div>';
resetPanels[1].content = '<div class="content">1</div>';
resetPanels[2].content = '<div class="content">2</div>';

var toggleBtn = new ej.buttons.Button({
  cssClass: "e-flat e-primary e-outline",
  content: "Enable Floating",
  isToggle: true


document.getElementById('toggle').onclick = function() {
    var panels = [];
    if (toggleBtn.content == "Disable Floating and Reset") {
        toggleBtn.content = 'Enable Floating';
        dashboard.allowFloating = false;
        dashboard.panels = resetPanels;
    } else {
        toggleBtn.content = 'Disable Floating and Reset';
        dashboard.allowFloating = true;
<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
    <title>Essential JS 2 DashboardLayout </title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Essential JS 2 DashboardLayout Component">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="//" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="//" rel="stylesheet">
    <link href="//" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <div id="container">
        <div class="inline" id="control">
            <div id="dashboard_default"></div>
        <!--element which is going to render the dashboardlayout-->
        <div class="inline" id="properties">
                <button id="toggle"></button>

var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) { = "visible";
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
#container {
  margin: 0 auto;
  width: 600px;

#dashboard_default .e-panel .e-panel-container .content {
  vertical-align: middle;
  font-weight: 600;
  font-size: 20px;
  text-align: center;
  line-height: 90px;

div#properties {
  width: 205px;
  padding: 15px;
  position: absolute;

.inline {
  display: inline-block;

div#control {
  width: 500px;

#dashboard_default .e-panel { 
  transition:none !important;