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DatePicker Syles and Templates

This topic describes the styles and templates for the DatePicker control. You can modify the default ControlTemplate to give the control a unique appearance. For more information, see Customizing the Appearance of an Existing Control by Creating a ControlTemplate.

The following table lists the named parts for the DatePicker control.

Part

Type

Description

PART_Root

Grid

The root of the control.

PART_Button

Button

The button that opens and closes the Calendar.

PART_TextBox

DatePickerTextBox

The text box that allows you to input a date.

PART_Popup

Popup

The popup for the DatePicker control.

The following table lists the visual states for the DatePicker control.

VisualState Name

VisualStateGroup Name

Description

Normal

CommonStates

The default state.

Disabled

CommonStates

The DatePicker is disabled.

Valid

ValidationStates

The control uses the Validation class and the Validation.HasError attached property is false.

InvalidFocused

ValidationStates

The Validation.HasError attached property is true has the control has focus.

InvalidUnfocused

ValidationStates

The Validation.HasError attached property is true has the control does not have focus.

The following table lists the named parts for the DatePickerTextBox control.

Part

Type

Description

PART_Watermark

ContentControl

The element that contains the initial text in the DatePicker.

PART_ContentElement

FrameworkElement

A visual element that can contain a FrameworkElement. The text of the TextBox is displayed in this element.

The following table lists the visual states for the DatePickerTextBox control.

VisualState Name

VisualStateGroup Name

Description

Normal

CommonStates

The default state.

Disabled

CommonStates

The DatePickerTextBox is disabled.

MouseOver

CommonStates

The mouse pointer is positioned over the DatePickerTextBox.

ReadOnly

CommonStates

The user cannot change the text in the DatePickerTextBox.

Focused

FocusStates

The control has focus.

Unfocused

FocusStates

The control does not have focus.

Watermarked

WatermarkStates

The control displays its initial text. The DatePickerTextBox is in the state when the user has not entered text or selected a date.

Unwatermarked

WatermarkStates

The user has entered text into the DatePickerTextBox or selected a date in the DatePicker.

Valid

ValidationStates

The control uses the Validation class and the Validation.HasError attached property is false.

InvalidFocused

ValidationStates

The Validation.HasError attached property is true has the control has focus.

InvalidUnfocused

ValidationStates

The Validation.HasError attached property is true has the control does not have focus.

The following example shows how to define a ControlTemplate for the DatePicker control.


<!--In this example, an implecit style for Calendar is defined elsewhere 
  in the application.  DatePickerCalendarStyle is based on the implicit 
  style so that the DatePicker will use the application's calendar style.-->
<Style x:Key="DatePickerCalendarStyle"
       TargetType="{x:Type Calendar}"
       BasedOn="{StaticResource {x:Type Calendar}}" />

<!--The template for the button that displays the calendar.-->
<Style x:Key="DropDownButtonStyle"
       TargetType="Button">
  <Setter Property="Template">
    <Setter.Value>
      <ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
        <Grid>
          <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
            <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
              <VisualStateGroup.Transitions>
                <VisualTransition GeneratedDuration="0" />
                <VisualTransition GeneratedDuration="0:0:0.1"
                                  To="MouseOver" />
                <VisualTransition GeneratedDuration="0:0:0.1"
                                  To="Pressed" />
              </VisualStateGroup.Transitions>
              <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
              <VisualState x:Name="MouseOver">
                <Storyboard>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#F2FFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[2].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#CCFFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimation Duration="0"
                                  To="#FF448DCA"
                                  Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                            (SolidColorBrush.Color)"
                                  Storyboard.TargetName="Background" />
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[3].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#7FFFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                </Storyboard>
              </VisualState>
              <VisualState x:Name="Pressed">
                <Storyboard>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Background"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                      (SolidColorBrush.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#FF448DCA" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <DoubleAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                 Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                 Storyboard.TargetProperty="(UIElement.Opacity)"
                                                 Storyboard.TargetName="Highlight">
                    <SplineDoubleKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                          Value="1" />
                  </DoubleAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[0].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#F4FFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#EAFFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[2].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#C6FFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames BeginTime="0"
                                                Duration="00:00:00.001"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="BackgroundGradient"
                                                Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).
                    (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[3].(GradientStop.Color)">
                    <SplineColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="#6BFFFFFF" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                </Storyboard>
              </VisualState>
              <VisualState x:Name="Disabled" />
            </VisualStateGroup>
          </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
          <Grid Background="#11FFFFFF"
                FlowDirection="LeftToRight"
                HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                Height="18"
                Margin="0"
                VerticalAlignment="Center"
                Width="19">
            <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
              <ColumnDefinition Width="20*" />
              <ColumnDefinition Width="20*" />
              <ColumnDefinition Width="20*" />
              <ColumnDefinition Width="20*" />
            </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <Grid.RowDefinitions>
              <RowDefinition Height="23*" />
              <RowDefinition Height="19*" />
              <RowDefinition Height="19*" />
              <RowDefinition Height="19*" />
            </Grid.RowDefinitions>
            <Border x:Name="Highlight"
                    BorderThickness="1"
                    Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                    CornerRadius="0,0,1,1"
                    Margin="-1"
                    Opacity="1"
                    Grid.Row="0"
                    Grid.RowSpan="4">
              <Border.BorderBrush>
                <SolidColorBrush Color="{DynamicResource ControlPressedColor}" />
              </Border.BorderBrush>
            </Border>
            <Border x:Name="Background"
                    BorderBrush="#FFFFFFFF"
                    BorderThickness="1"
                    Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                    CornerRadius=".5"
                    Margin="0,-1,0,0"
                    Opacity="1"
                    Grid.Row="1"
                    Grid.RowSpan="3">
              <Border.Background>
                <SolidColorBrush Color="{DynamicResource ControlDarkColor}" />
              </Border.Background>
            </Border>
            <Border x:Name="BackgroundGradient"
                    BorderBrush="#BF000000"
                    BorderThickness="1"
                    Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                    CornerRadius=".5"
                    Margin="0,-1,0,0"
                    Opacity="1"
                    Grid.Row="1"
                    Grid.RowSpan="3">
              <Border.Background>
                <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint=".7,1"
                                     StartPoint=".7,0">
                  <GradientStop Color="#FFFFFFFF"
                                Offset="0" />
                  <GradientStop Color="#F9FFFFFF"
                                Offset="0.375" />
                  <GradientStop Color="#E5FFFFFF"
                                Offset="0.625" />
                  <GradientStop Color="#C6FFFFFF"
                                Offset="1" />
                </LinearGradientBrush>
              </Border.Background>
            </Border>
            <Rectangle Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                       Grid.RowSpan="1"
                       StrokeThickness="1">
              <Rectangle.Fill>
                <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0,1"
                                     StartPoint="0,0">
                  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource HeaderTopColor}" />
                  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlMediumColor}"
                                Offset="1" />
                </LinearGradientBrush>
              </Rectangle.Fill>
              <Rectangle.Stroke>
                <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0.48,-1"
                                     StartPoint="0.48,1.25">
                  <GradientStop Color="#FF494949" />
                  <GradientStop Color="#FF9F9F9F"
                                Offset="1" />
                </LinearGradientBrush>
              </Rectangle.Stroke>
            </Rectangle>
            <Path Fill="#FF2F2F2F"
                  Grid.Row="1"
                  Grid.Column="0"
                  Grid.RowSpan="3"
                  Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                  HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                  VerticalAlignment="Center"
                  RenderTransformOrigin="0.5,0.5"
                  Margin="4,3,4,3"
                  Stretch="Fill"
                  Data="M11.426758,8.4305077 L11.749023,8.4305077 
                    L11.749023,16.331387 L10.674805,16.331387 
                    L10.674805,10.299648 L9.0742188,11.298672
                    L9.0742188,10.294277 C9.4788408,10.090176 
                    9.9094238,9.8090878 10.365967,9.4510155 
                    C10.82251,9.0929432 11.176106,8.7527733 
                    11.426758,8.4305077 z M14.65086,8.4305077 
                    L18.566387,8.4305077 L18.566387,9.3435936 
                    L15.671368,9.3435936 L15.671368,11.255703 
                    C15.936341,11.058764 16.27293,10.960293 
                    16.681133,10.960293 C17.411602,10.960293 
                    17.969301,11.178717 18.354229,11.615566 
                    C18.739157,12.052416 18.931622,12.673672
                    18.931622,13.479336 C18.931622,15.452317 
                    18.052553,16.438808 16.294415,16.438808
                    C15.560365,16.438808 14.951641,16.234707 
                    14.468243,15.826504 L14.881817,14.929531
                    C15.368796,15.326992 15.837872,15.525723 
                    16.289043,15.525723 C17.298809,15.525723 
                    17.803692,14.895514 17.803692,13.635098 
                    C17.803692,12.460618 17.305971,11.873379 
                    16.310528,11.873379 C15.83071,11.873379 
                    15.399232,12.079271 15.016094,12.491055
                    L14.65086,12.238613 z" />
            <Ellipse Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                     Fill="#FFFFFFFF"
                     HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                     Height="3"
                     StrokeThickness="0"
                     VerticalAlignment="Center"
                     Width="3" />
            <Border x:Name="DisabledVisual"
                    BorderBrush="#B2FFFFFF"
                    BorderThickness="1"
                    Grid.ColumnSpan="4"
                    CornerRadius="0,0,.5,.5"
                    Opacity="0"
                    Grid.Row="0"
                    Grid.RowSpan="4" />
          </Grid>
        </Grid>
      </ControlTemplate>
    </Setter.Value>
  </Setter>
</Style>

<Style TargetType="{x:Type DatePicker}">
  <Setter Property="Foreground"
          Value="#FF333333" />
  <Setter Property="IsTodayHighlighted"
          Value="True" />
  <Setter Property="SelectedDateFormat"
          Value="Short" />
  <Setter Property="Padding"
          Value="2" />
  <Setter Property="BorderThickness"
          Value="1" />
  <Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment"
          Value="Stretch" />
  <!--Set CalendarStyle to DatePickerCalendarStyle.-->
  <Setter Property="CalendarStyle"
          Value="{DynamicResource DatePickerCalendarStyle}" />
  <Setter Property="Template">
    <Setter.Value>
      <ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type DatePicker}">
        <Border BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}"
                Padding="{TemplateBinding Padding}">
          <Border.BorderBrush>
            <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0.5,1"
                                 StartPoint="0.5,0">
              <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource BorderLightColor}"
                            Offset="0" />
              <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource BorderDarkColor}"
                            Offset="1" />
            </LinearGradientBrush>
          </Border.BorderBrush>
          <Border.Background>
            <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0.5,1"
                                 StartPoint="0.5,0">
              <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource HeaderTopColor}"
                            Offset="0" />
              <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlMediumColor}"
                            Offset="1" />
            </LinearGradientBrush>
          </Border.Background>
          <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
            <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
              <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
              <VisualState x:Name="Disabled">
                <Storyboard>
                  <DoubleAnimation Duration="0"
                                   To="1"
                                   Storyboard.TargetProperty="Opacity"
                                   Storyboard.TargetName="PART_DisabledVisual" />
                </Storyboard>
              </VisualState>
            </VisualStateGroup>
          </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
          <Grid x:Name="PART_Root"
                HorizontalAlignment="{TemplateBinding HorizontalContentAlignment}"
                VerticalAlignment="{TemplateBinding VerticalContentAlignment}">
            <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
              <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
              <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
            </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <Button x:Name="PART_Button"
                    Grid.Column="1"
                    Foreground="{TemplateBinding Foreground}"
                    Focusable="False"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                    Margin="3,0,3,0"
                    Grid.Row="0"
                    Style="{StaticResource DropDownButtonStyle}"
                    VerticalAlignment="Top" />
            <DatePickerTextBox x:Name="PART_TextBox"
                               Grid.Column="0"
                               Foreground="{TemplateBinding Foreground}"
                               Focusable="{TemplateBinding Focusable}"
                               HorizontalContentAlignment="Stretch"
                               Grid.Row="0"
                               VerticalContentAlignment="Stretch" />
            <Grid x:Name="PART_DisabledVisual"
                  Grid.ColumnSpan="2"
                  Grid.Column="0"
                  IsHitTestVisible="False"
                  Opacity="0"
                  Grid.Row="0">
              <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
              </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
              <Rectangle Grid.Column="0"
                         Fill="#A5FFFFFF"
                         RadiusY="1"
                         Grid.Row="0"
                         RadiusX="1" />
              <Rectangle Grid.Column="1"
                         Fill="#A5FFFFFF"
                         Height="18"
                         Margin="3,0,3,0"
                         RadiusY="1"
                         Grid.Row="0"
                         RadiusX="1"
                         Width="19" />
              <Popup x:Name="PART_Popup"
                     AllowsTransparency="True"
                     Placement="Bottom"
                     PlacementTarget="{Binding ElementName=PART_TextBox}"
                     StaysOpen="False" />
            </Grid>
          </Grid>
        </Border>
      </ControlTemplate>
    </Setter.Value>
  </Setter>
</Style>


The preceding example uses one or more of the following resources.


<!--Control colors.-->
<Color x:Key="WindowColor">#FFE8EDF9</Color>
<Color x:Key="ContentAreaColorLight">#FFC5CBF9</Color>
<Color x:Key="ContentAreaColorDark">#FF7381F9</Color>

<Color x:Key="DisabledControlLightColor">#FFE8EDF9</Color>
<Color x:Key="DisabledControlDarkColor">#FFC5CBF9</Color>
<Color x:Key="DisabledForegroundColor">#FF888888</Color>

<Color x:Key="SelectedBackgroundColor">#FFC5CBF9</Color>
<Color x:Key="SelectedUnfocusedColor">#FFDDDDDD</Color>

<Color x:Key="ControlLightColor">White</Color>
<Color x:Key="ControlMediumColor">#FF7381F9</Color>
<Color x:Key="ControlDarkColor">#FF211AA9</Color>

<Color x:Key="ControlMouseOverColor">#FF3843C4</Color>
<Color x:Key="ControlPressedColor">#FF211AA9</Color>


<Color x:Key="GlyphColor">#FF444444</Color>
<Color x:Key="GlyphMouseOver">sc#1, 0.004391443, 0.002428215, 0.242281124</Color>

<!--Border colors-->
<Color x:Key="BorderLightColor">#FFCCCCCC</Color>
<Color x:Key="BorderMediumColor">#FF888888</Color>
<Color x:Key="BorderDarkColor">#FF444444</Color>

<Color x:Key="PressedBorderLightColor">#FF888888</Color>
<Color x:Key="PressedBorderDarkColor">#FF444444</Color>

<Color x:Key="DisabledBorderLightColor">#FFAAAAAA</Color>
<Color x:Key="DisabledBorderDarkColor">#FF888888</Color>

<Color x:Key="DefaultBorderBrushDarkColor">Black</Color>

<!--Control-specific resources.-->
<Color x:Key="HeaderTopColor">#FFC5CBF9</Color>
<Color x:Key="DatagridCurrentCellBorderColor">Black</Color>
<Color x:Key="SliderTrackDarkColor">#FFC5CBF9</Color>

<Color x:Key="NavButtonFrameColor">#FF3843C4</Color>

<LinearGradientBrush x:Key="MenuPopupBrush"
                     EndPoint="0.5,1"
                     StartPoint="0.5,0">
  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlLightColor}"
                Offset="0" />
  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlMediumColor}"
                Offset="0.5" />
  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlLightColor}"
                Offset="1" />
</LinearGradientBrush>

<LinearGradientBrush x:Key="ProgressBarIndicatorAnimatedFill"
                     StartPoint="0,0"
                     EndPoint="1,0">
  <LinearGradientBrush.GradientStops>
    <GradientStopCollection>
      <GradientStop Color="#000000FF"
                    Offset="0" />
      <GradientStop Color="#600000FF"
                    Offset="0.4" />
      <GradientStop Color="#600000FF"
                    Offset="0.6" />
      <GradientStop Color="#000000FF"
                    Offset="1" />
    </GradientStopCollection>
  </LinearGradientBrush.GradientStops>
</LinearGradientBrush>


For the complete sample, see Styling with ControlTemplates Sample.

Reference

Concepts

Customizing the Appearance of an Existing Control by Creating a ControlTemplate

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