The Theme Designer Backstage view allows you to set options and manage your themes — create, save, import, export, and upgrade.

Get Started tab

The Get Started tab allows you to perform the following tasks:

  • create a new theme (see Get Started);
  • open an existing theme;
  • import colors from a theme created in WPF Theme Editor (see Import Themes).


New tab

The New tab allows you to create a new theme. You need to specify the following options to create a new theme:

  • theme name - a new theme's name;
  • theme location - a folder on your PC where a new theme is stored;
  • base theme - a theme which is used as the base for a new one. There are two theme categories: Color Themes (contain a palette) and Classic Themes (without a palette);
  • target version - the DevExpress WPF Controls version for which the new theme is created.


Open tab

The Open tab allows you to open an existing theme and displays a list of recently opened files.


Import tab

The Import tab allows you to import colors from a custom theme created in the WPF Theme Editor. See the Import Themes topic for more details.


Export tab

The Export tab allows you to export the current theme as a Visual Studio Solution (.sln). Refer to Build and Export New Themes for more information.


Settings tab

The Settings tab allows you to specify custom location paths to DXperience sources and binaries. The WPF Theme Designer detects DevExpress WPF Controls' versions and displays them in the available versions list. If you need to use binaries and sources from a custom location, click the "+" button and specify custom DevExpress version's name, binaries installation path and source path fields. Click the "-" button to remove an added version.