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Colors and Gradients in the UI

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The Visual Studio SDK provides support to make it easier to create visual components, such as command bars, backgrounds, and menus, in VSPackages. Additionally, it provides support to make sure that components are always visually consistent with any running instance of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). This is accomplished by letting VSPackages query the IDE for the correct colors, cursors, theme brushes, gradient schemes, and palettes that will be used in a user interface (UI) element.

In This Section

How to: Add Colors to UI Elements

Describes how to query the IDE to obtain the correct RGB color value to use when painting a particular IDE component and how to use this information.

How to: Add Gradients to UI Elements

Describes how to query the IDE to obtain the correct kind of gradient to use with a particular IDE component and how to use this information.

How to: Add Cursor Support

Describes how to query the IDE to obtain the correct type of cursor to use with a particular IDE component and how to use this information.

Related Sections

UI Design Guidelines

Provides a detailed discussion of the design of a UI for Visual Studio add-ins and packages.

User Interfaces

Explains how to use Visual Studio services to create UI elements that match the rest of Visual Studio.

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