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Creating Themes

Windows Mobile 6.5
4/8/2010

The user interface (UI) for Windows Mobile Professional has been improved to support multi-color themes that include up to four distinct colors. In addition to the built-in multi-color themes that are available from the Home section of the control panel, OEMs and mobile operators can create custom multi-color themes for Windows Mobile Professional to implement changes to a wide range of UI components. Furthermore, OEMs and mobile operators can use custom themes to replace many UI components with assets.

Themes provide OEMs and mobile operators with a mechanism for customizing and branding a Windows® phone consistently across all the major UI components, including the Windows Default Lock screen, Home screen, Start screen, and the shell. Furthermore, users can quickly reconfigure their Windows phone to accommodate different environments such as work and home by changing custom themes in the Home settings.

Themes provide OEMs and mobile operators the ability to perform the following customizations:

  • Change the four primary UI colors.
  • Replace many of the common controls, such as the List view, Scroll bar, Message box, Toast/Notifications, Bubble, Title bar, Softkey bar, Tab view, Menu, Check Boxes, Radio Buttons, and Buttons.
  • Change the background image that is shared by the Home screen, Start screen, and Windows Default Lock screen.

The primary components of a theme file are:

  • UI Colors—Registry settings that enable multi-color themes and specify the four primary UI colors.
  • Common controls—Registry keys that contain the settings and location of common control assets.
  • Background image—Shared by the Home screen, Start screen, and the Windows Default Lock screen.

For more information on creating and deploying a theme file,

Applies to Windows Mobile 6.5.3

The Summary and Notes Contacts tabs for Windows Mobile Professional phones have been replaced with a horizontal scroll feature that includes three titles that separate contact data into three areas: Communicate, Info and Notes. By tapping Communicate, a user has access to e-mail, instant messaging, and phone contact data. Tapping Info provides access to non-communication–specific contact information, and tapping Notes provides access to note-specific content.

Included with the implementation of the horizontal scroll feature are a redesigned Contacts Summary Card and Contact Edit Card. This redesign simplifies user access to contacts, allowing finger touch access to current contact information, in addition to finger touch control of the contacts editing process.

This redesign also increased the readability of the text within the Contacts Summary Card and Contact Edit Card by increasing the spacing around content on both cards, and increasing font sizes and the size of the assets used in the cards.

The Contact Edit Card is distinguished from the summary card by a grid background.

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