WPF + Theme management

Theme management


1.      Create a structure like the next one in the Resource folder of your solution.




                                               Use here the xaml you need


                                               Use here the xaml you need




2.      Fill the ThemeBlue.xml by registering the xaml of the corresponding folder:

<ResourceDictionary xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation&quot;



             <ResourceDictionary                      Source="/RibbonControlsLibrary;component/Themes/Office2007Black.xaml" />

             <ResourceDictionary Source="Black\ExpressionDark.xaml" />

             <ResourceDictionary Source="Black\Windows.xaml" />




3.      Be sure that xaml properties are Page + Do not copy + MSBuild:Compile, so that xaml will be integrated in the final assembly.


4.      Load the theme with a function like this, just by passing the required color as a string:

static public void LoadTheme(string themeColor)


       Application.Current.Resources =


                    new Uri(string.Format("Resources\\Themes\\{0}.xaml",

                                                      themeColor), UriKind.Relative));


 This works also for files. So you can choose to externalize the xaml, discover by code the files and folder in the <Theme> subdirectory of the application running path

I have updated the code, so that I discover the theme embedded in the resources, and then fill the menu item. No more hard coded


check http://nperf.codeplex.com/


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