Controls derived from native controls aren't themed

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Posted 8 years ago by IneedHelp
Version: 16.1.0632
Platform: .NET 4.0
Environment: Windows 7 (64-bit)

Not sure whether this is a known issue or not, but apparently custom controls that derive from native controls aren't themed, even if the theme is applied on a specific control or if it's enabled application-wide.

For example, if I create a class "ResetButton : Button", this control will not be themed and can not be themed by using the ThemeManager.

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Answer - Posted 8 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA


When you enable native control theming, we effectively inject some implicit Styles that target native controls into the app's Resources.  Those implicit styles might not get applied if your other derived controls have their own default Style.

That being said, it's easy to make implicit Styles for those controls too if styles aren't working:

<Style TargetType="local:ResetButton" BasedOn="{StaticResource {x:Static themes:SharedResourceKeys.ButtonBaseStyleKey}}" />

Or if you do define a default Style for derived controls, then just use the BasedOn above too.  There are SharedResourceKeys entries for all the native controls we theme.

Actipro Software Support

Posted 8 years ago by IneedHelp

Would you please show me the equivallent of that in C# code?

Posted 8 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA

Normally it would be done something like this:

var style = new Style();
style.TargetType = typeof(ResetButton);
style.BasedOn = this.FindResource(ActiproSoftware.Windows.Themes.SharedResourceKeys.ButtonBaseStyleKey) as Style;
// Application.Current.Resources.Add(null, style);

But I'm not sure how to add an implicit Style to a ResourceDictionary via code-behind since the last commented-out line doesn't work.  Implicit styles don't use x:Key.  There doesn't seem to be any documentation we can find that tells how either.  We'd recommend using XAML for this anyhow, per above... there's no issue in pure XAML.

Actipro Software Support

The latest build of this product (v24.1.2) was released 2 months ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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