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I think you got the best possible advice from Eddie Vluggen in his post above: you need to "ground" yourself in the fundamentals of what Forms, and "container controls," like the Panel Control, are:

And, the fact that true "container controls," at design-time in Visual Studio, allow you to drag-and-drop other Controls within them, at which point those dropped Controls have their Parent property set to the Container Control they were dropped into: you hide the Parent container control: everything within it is hidden.

The only thing I can add here is to suggest that, to me, a "collapsible" Panel, implies that some part of it will always be visible: the simplest way to achieve that is, as Eddie suggested, to manipulate the Size property of the Panel using the Enter and Leave events of the Panel. If you want to leave the Panel "fully open" some of the time, when the user moves the mouse outside the Panel: that requires a different solution.

There are other, more sophisticated techniques (but still rather simple to code), for when you need multiple Panels that open and collapse within an outer Panel, leaving only one open, as in the famous "Outlook Bar" interface.

edit ... Hint: use Panels set to Dock.Top within an outer Panel, and respond to Click events on the inner panels by iterating the ControlCollection of the outer Panel, and doing the right thing to hide and collapse the inner Panels.

good luck, Bill
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