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Themes

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The DevExpress WPF Subscription ships with over 30 custom designed application themes. You can use each of these themes without modification or manipulate them in our free WPF Theme Designer application.

Refer to the Theme List topic to get the available theme list. You can apply each theme to the DevExpress WPF Controls and the supported Standard WPF Controls.

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WPF Themes

When you reference a DevExpress WPF library in an application, the application applies the Office2016White theme. This theme affects all the DevExpress WPF Controls and the supported Standard WPF Controls. You can reset the DevExpress Theme applied to Standard WPF Controls.

List of Supported Standard Controls

The following Standard WPF Controls support the DevExpress WPF Themes.

Apply a DevExpress Theme

Apply a DevExpress Theme to an Application

Approach 1

Open the Window's or the User Control's Smart Tag, expand the ApplicationTheme drop-down list, and select a theme:

SmartTagThemes

In result the App.config file looks as follows. If not, you can overwrite your file with the following code:

...
<configSections>
    <sectionGroup name="userSettings" 
                  type="System.Configuration.UserSettingsGroup, System, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089">
        <section name="DXThemeManager"
                    type="System.Configuration.ClientSettingsSection, System, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089"
                    allowExeDefinition="MachineToLocalUser" requirePermission="false" />
    </sectionGroup>
    </configSections>
   ...
<userSettings>
    <DXThemeManager>
        <setting name="ApplicationThemeName" serializeAs="String">
            <value>Office2019White</value>
        </setting>
    </DXThemeManager>
</userSettings>
...

Approach 2

Set the ApplicationThemeHelper.ApplicationThemeName property to a theme name at application startup:

public partial class App : Application {
    protected override void OnStartup(StartupEventArgs e) {
        ApplicationThemeHelper.ApplicationThemeName = Theme.MetropolisLightName;
        base.OnStartup(e);
    }
}
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You can add the Ribbon Gallery Theme Selector to your application.

Apply a DevExpress Theme to a Container

Specify the attached ThemeManager.ThemeName property. You can apply the property to the DevExpress WPF Controls and the Supported WPF Standard Controls. The following code sample applies the Office2016SEWhite theme to the ThemedWindow and the Office2019Black theme to the GridControl:

<ThemedWindow ...
    xmlns:dx="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/core" 
    xmlns:dxg="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/grid"
    dx:ThemeManager.ThemeName="Office2016SEWhite">
    <dxg:GridControl dx:ThemeManager.ThemeName="Office2019Black">
        ...
    </dxg:GridControl>  
</ThemedWindow>

Reset the Applied DevExpress Theme

When you reset a theme, DevExpress WPF Themes no longer affect Standard WPF Controls. DevExpress WPF Controls get their appearance from the DeepBlue theme built into the controls' assemblies.

Reset the Applied DevExpress Theme to an application

Approach 1

Click the disable-theming-button.png button in the Window's Smart Tag:

disable-theming

In result the App.config file is as follows:

...
<userSettings>
    <DXThemeManager>
        <setting name="ApplicationThemeName" serializeAs="String">
            <value>None</value>
        </setting>
    </DXThemeManager>
</userSettings>
...

Approach 2

Set the ApplicationThemeHelper.ApplicationThemeName property to Theme.NoneName at application startup:

using DevExpress.Xpf.Core;
...
    public partial class App : Application {
        protected override void OnStartup(StartupEventArgs e) {
            ApplicationThemeHelper.ApplicationThemeName = Theme.NoneName;
            base.OnStartup(e);
        }
    }

Approach 3

Set the ApplicationThemeHelper.UseLegacyDefaultTheme property to true at application startup:

using DevExpress.Xpf.Core;
...
    public partial class App : Application {
        protected override void OnStartup(StartupEventArgs e) {
            ApplicationThemeHelper.UseLegacyDefaultTheme = true;
            base.OnStartup(e);
        }
    }

Reset a DevExpress Theme Applied to a Container

Set the attached ThemeManager.ThemeName property to None:

<ThemedWindow ...
    xmlns:dx="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/core" 
    xmlns:dxg="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/grid">
    <dxg:GridControl dx:ThemeManager.ThemeName="None">
        ...
    </dxg:GridControl>  
</ThemedWindow>

Reset a DevExpress Theme Only For the Standard WPF Controls

To reset a DevExpress Theme only for container with Standard WPF Controls:

  1. Reset the application theme
  2. Apply a theme only to containers that contain the DevExpress WPF Controls.
...
<userSettings>
    <DXThemeManager>
        <setting name="ApplicationThemeName" serializeAs="String">
            <value>None</value>
        </setting>
    </DXThemeManager>
</userSettings>
...
<ThemedWindow ...
    xmlns:dx="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/core" 
    xmlns:dxg="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/grid">
    <dxg:GridControl dx:ThemeManager.ThemeName="Office2019White">
        ...
    </dxg:GridControl>  
    <ComboBox>
        ...
    </ComboBox>
</ThemedWindow>

Save a Theme Applied at Runtime

The application applies a theme specified in the application's configuration file at its startup. Call the ApplicationThemeHelper.SaveApplicationThemeName method to save the current theme to the application's configuration file:

ApplicationThemeHelper.ApplicationThemeName = Theme.MetropolisLightName;
ApplicationThemeHelper.SaveApplicationThemeName();

Apply a Touch Theme

The DevExpress WPF Touch Themes affect only an element's appearance (size, paddings, margins, etc.). Refer to the Touch Support topic for more information on DevExpress WPF Controls Touch Support.

Append ;Touch to a theme name to apply the touch-friendly theme version:

NOTE

The TouchlineDark theme is touch-friendly by default. You do not need to append ;Touch to its theme name.

<ThemedWindow ...
    xmlns:dx="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/core"
    dx:ThemeManager.ThemeName="Office2013;Touch">
    ...
</ThemedWindow>
Show touch-friendly theme list
Name ThemeManager.ThemeName
Office 2019 Black Office2019Black;Touch
Office 2019 Colorful Office2019Colorful;Touch
Office 2019 DarkGray Office2019DarkGray;Touch
Office 2019 White Office2019White;Touch
Office 2016 Black SE Office2016BlackSE;Touch
Office 2016 Colorful SE Office2016ColorfulSE;Touch
Office 2016 DarkGray SE Office2016DarkGraySE;Touch
Office 2016 White SE Office2016WhiteSE;Touch
Office 2016 Black Office2016Black;Touch
Office 2016 Colorful Office2016Colorful;Touch
Office 2016 White Office2016White;Touch
Office 2013 Office2013;Touch
Office 2013 DarkGray Office2013DarkGray;Touch
Office 2013 LightGray Office2013LightGray;Touch
TouchlineDark TouchlineDark

DevExpress Themes - Touch Friendly Theme

Lightweight Templates

Lightweight Templates contain fewer amount of visual elements and decrease the loading time of the DevExpress WPF Controls. The following themes support the Lightweight Templates:

Theme Family Themes
Office 2019 Black, Colorful, Dark Gray, White
Office 2016 SE Black, Colorful, Dark Gray, White
Visual Studio 2017 Blue, Dark, Light

The following table lists the DevExpress WPF Controls which support the Lightweight Templates and the control's property you should use to enable\disable the Lightweight Template:

Control Property
DataGrid CardView.UseLightweightTemplates, TableView.UseLightweightTemplates
TreeList TreeListView.UseLightweightTemplates
PivotGridControl PivotGridControl.UseLightweightTemplates
RibbonControl CompatibilitySettings.UseLightweightBarItems
BarItem CompatibilitySettings.UseLightweightBarItems

Overlay the Standard WPF Control's Properties

You can overlay values of the Background, BorderBrush, and BorderThickness properties of the supported Standard WPF Controls in the following DevExpress WPF Themes:

Theme Family Themes
Office 2019 Black, Colorful, Dark Gray, White
Office 2016 SE Black, Colorful, Dark Gray, White
Visual Studio 2017 Blue, Dark, Light

The following code sample sets the Standard WPF Button's Background property to Red when the Office2016WhiteSE theme is applied:

<dx:ThemedWindow 
    ...
    xmlns:dx="http://schemas.devexpress.com/winfx/2008/xaml/core"
    dx:ThemeManager.Theme="Office2016WhiteSE">
    <Grid>
        <Button Content="Button" Background="Red" />
    </Grid>
</dx:ThemedWindow>
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