Project Settings Page
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The DevExpress Project Settings page allows you to set up project-wide settings like the default control font or the DevExpress skin. To invoke this page, right-click a project in Visual Studio’s Solution Explorer window and select “DevExpress Project Settings”. If you invoke the Project Setting dialog for a project that has no DevExpress libraries referenced, the corresponding notification appears. Click the “Convert” button to add four core DevExpress libraries: Data, Utils, XtraBars, and XtraEditors.
You can choose the default application skin in this group. The “Register User Skins” check box allows you to add skins from custom assemblies to the list. The “Skin Palette” selector is available only if you select a vector skin. Press the “Edit” button to create custom palettes.
Related properties: all UserLookAndFeel.SetSkinStyle method overloads
Settings in this group allow you to change the DevExpress controls’ font.
Check the “Use DirectX” option to enable DirectX rendering for all DevExpress controls that support this feature.
Related properties: WindowsFormsSettings.ForceDirectXPaint
This setting changes the application’s DPI-awareness mode.
Related properties: WindowsFormsSettings.SetDPIAware
The “Compact UI” mode reduces control paddings and margins to display more information on-screen in data-intensive applications. The “Touch UI” mode enlarges controls for use on touch-input devices.
- If you use the Project Settings dialog, do not specify other project-wide settings elsewhere. Otherwise, settings stored in the automatically generated app.config file can conflict with your custom settings.
- If your application uses standard forms instead of DevExpress forms, settings from the app.config file are not loaded automatically. You need to call the WindowsFormsSettings.LoadApplicationSettings method to apply these settings.