Lesson 24 - Skins in WPF Aapplications
In the previous lesson, Themes and Styles in C# .NET WPF, we learned how to change the appearance of WPF forms using themes and styles. In today's continuation of this WPF course, we're going to cover "skinning".
Another method of setting the application's appearance is to use skins. These
are basically similar files (
ResourceDictionary) to those from the
previous lesson on styles, representing a set of property definitions stored in
the resource. The difference is that we don't assign multiple resources styling
various controls, but only assign a single whole resource. It then
contains styles for various controls in the entire application. These
style files can be easily replaced, allowing the application to be customized
with different appearances.
Styles vs. Skins
We had to assign a style to each control separately. We usually followed these steps:
Style Definition -> Resource Definition -> Resource Assignment -> Individual Style Assignment
The illustration below demonstrates using different XAML files for different controls:
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