UI Customization

In this tutorial section, you will customize the automatically generated user interface. Visual elements in your XAF application are based on the data classes you have declared and the information from the assemblies referenced in your application. All the received information is represented as metadata - data that defines database structure and application features via a neutral format, that can be adopted to any target platform. This metadata is called the Application Model. It is a powerful tool that allows you to customize your application. For this purpose, use the Model Editor - an instrument for customizing the Application Model at design time. The following lessons will demonstrate what you can customize via the Model Editor, and how:

Actually, the Model Editor provides many more ways to customize the Application Model (and, consequently, the application). You can refer to the Application Model documentation section to learn more about the Application Model.

If the required option is not available in the Model Editor, you can directly access the options of used controls. Review the Access Editor Settings and Access Grid Control Properties lessons to learn more on this approach.