Reverting Backstage and Button Visuals to 21.1

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The latest build of this product (v24.1.2) was released 2 months ago, which was before this thread was created.
Posted 27 days ago by its
Version: 24.1.1


After upgrading from WPFControls 21.1.0 to 24.1.1, I've encountered the following issues:

  • The appearance of the left side of the backstage has changed.
  • The appearance of Ribbon Buttons when IsChecked is true has also changed.

Is there a way to revert these visual changes back to how they were before the upgrade?

Here's what we've found during our investigation:

  • Both issues started occurring after upgrading from WPFControl 22.1.5 to 23.1.0.
  • Both problems are observed with the following themes:
    • OfficeColorfulIndigo
    • OfficeColorfulGreen
    • OfficeColorfulRed
    • OfficeColorfulTeal
    • OfficeColorfulOrange
    • OfficeWhiteIndigo
    • OfficeWhiteGreen
    • OfficeWhiteRed
  • Applying the OfficeColorfulIndigo theme and inspecting the appearance with Bars, both backstage and Ribbon buttons have the same appearance as Ribbon, and it did not revert to the appearance from version 21.1.0.

Comments (1)

Posted 26 days ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA


Yes the Backstage tab/button appearance was updated to match the newer Office versions, where Microsoft did away with the older very high contrast Backstage style with heavy accents.  If you are a WPF Studio customer, you can download the default styles/templates for the Ribbon and possibly restyle the controls to appear as they did in the older version.  Alternatively, you might have some luck overriding our AssetResourceKeys.Backstage* brushes (related documentation here) to suit your needs.

Checked buttons may have been updated as well to look a little more like newer Office.  You could override brushes like AssetResourceKeys.ToolBarButtonBorderCheckedNormalBrushKey if you'd like ot change the appearance.

The Bars ribbon control and the older Ribbon product's ribbon control both share most of the asset brush resources from the theme, so they should generally render with similar colors.

Actipro Software Support

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