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Button Styles and Templates

This topic describes the styles and templates for the Button 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 Button control does not have any named parts.

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

VisualState Name

VisualStateGroup Name

Description

Normal

CommonStates

The default state.

MouseOver

CommonStates

The mouse pointer is positioned over the control.

Pressed

CommonStates

The control is pressed.

Disabled

CommonStates

The control is disabled.

Focused

FocusStates

The control has focus.

Unfocused

FocusStates

The control does not have focus.

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 Button control.

<!-- FocusVisual -->

<Style x:Key="ButtonFocusVisual">
  <Setter Property="Control.Template">
    <Setter.Value>
      <ControlTemplate>
        <Border>
          <Rectangle Margin="2"
                     StrokeThickness="1"
                     Stroke="#60000000"
                     StrokeDashArray="1 2" />
        </Border>
      </ControlTemplate>
    </Setter.Value>
  </Setter>
</Style>

<!-- Button -->
<Style TargetType="Button">
  <Setter Property="SnapsToDevicePixels"
          Value="true" />
  <Setter Property="OverridesDefaultStyle"
          Value="true" />
  <Setter Property="FocusVisualStyle"
          Value="{StaticResource ButtonFocusVisual}" />
  <Setter Property="MinHeight"
          Value="23" />
  <Setter Property="MinWidth"
          Value="75" />
  <Setter Property="Template">
    <Setter.Value>
      <ControlTemplate TargetType="Button">
        <Border TextBlock.Foreground="{TemplateBinding Foreground}"
                x:Name="Border"
                CornerRadius="2"
                BorderThickness="1">
          <Border.BorderBrush>
            <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0,0"
                                 EndPoint="0,1">
              <LinearGradientBrush.GradientStops>
                <GradientStopCollection>
                  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource BorderLightColor}"
                                Offset="0.0" />
                  <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource BorderDarkColor}"
                                Offset="1.0" />
                </GradientStopCollection>
              </LinearGradientBrush.GradientStops>
            </LinearGradientBrush>

          </Border.BorderBrush>
          <Border.Background>
            <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0.5,1"
                                 StartPoint="0.5,0">
              <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlLightColor}"
                            Offset="0" />
              <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource ControlMediumColor}"
                            Offset="1" />
            </LinearGradientBrush>
          </Border.Background>
          <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
            <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
              <VisualStateGroup.Transitions>
                <VisualTransition GeneratedDuration="0:0:0.5" />
                <VisualTransition GeneratedDuration="0"
                                  To="Pressed" />
              </VisualStateGroup.Transitions>
              <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
              <VisualState x:Name="MouseOver">
                <Storyboard>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Panel.Background).
                      (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource ControlMouseOverColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                </Storyboard>
              </VisualState>
              <VisualState x:Name="Pressed">
                <Storyboard>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Panel.Background).
                      (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource ControlPressedColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.BorderBrush).
                      (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[0].(GradientStop.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource PressedBorderDarkColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.BorderBrush).
                      (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource PressedBorderLightColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                </Storyboard>
              </VisualState>
              <VisualState x:Name="Disabled">
                <Storyboard>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Panel.Background).
                      (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource DisabledControlDarkColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames
                      Storyboard.TargetProperty="(TextBlock.Foreground).(SolidColorBrush.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource DisabledForegroundColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                  <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.BorderBrush).
                      (GradientBrush.GradientStops)[1].(GradientStop.Color)"
                                                Storyboard.TargetName="Border">
                    <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                         Value="{StaticResource DisabledBorderDarkColor}" />
                  </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                </Storyboard>
              </VisualState>
            </VisualStateGroup>
          </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
          <ContentPresenter Margin="2"
                            HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                            VerticalAlignment="Center"
                            RecognizesAccessKey="True" />
        </Border>
        <ControlTemplate.Triggers>
          <Trigger Property="IsDefault"
                   Value="true">

            <Setter TargetName="Border"
                    Property="BorderBrush">
              <Setter.Value>
                <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0,0"
                                     EndPoint="0,1">
                  <GradientBrush.GradientStops>
                    <GradientStopCollection>
                      <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource DefaultBorderBrushLightBrush}"
                                    Offset="0.0" />
                      <GradientStop Color="{DynamicResource DefaultBorderBrushDarkColor}"
                                    Offset="1.0" />
                    </GradientStopCollection>
                  </GradientBrush.GradientStops>
                </LinearGradientBrush>

              </Setter.Value>
            </Setter>
          </Trigger>
        </ControlTemplate.Triggers>
      </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.

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