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ContentControl Class

Represents a control with a single piece of content. Controls such as Button, CheckBox, and ScrollViewer directly or indirectly inherit from this class.

System.Object
  System.Windows.DependencyObject
    System.Windows.UIElement
      System.Windows.FrameworkElement
        System.Windows.Controls.Control
          System.Windows.Controls.ContentControl
            More...

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)

[ContentPropertyAttribute("Content", true)]
public class ContentControl : Control
<ContentControl .../>
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<contentControl>
  singleObject
</contentControl>
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<contentControl>stringContent</contentControl>

XAML Values

contentControl

A ContentControl object element, or an object element for a class that derives from ContentControl.

singleObject

A single object element that declares the content. Typically this is a class that can support further content as child elements, such as a Panel class.

stringContent

A text string that can display as content. See Remarks.

The ContentControl type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContentControlInitializes a new instance of the ContentControl class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneActualHeightGets the rendered height of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneActualWidthGets the rendered width of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneAllowDropGets or sets a value that determines whether this UIElement can be a drop target for purposes of Silverlight drag-and-drop operations. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneBackgroundGets or sets a brush that provides the background of the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneBorderBrushGets or sets a brush that describes the border background of a control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneBorderThicknessGets or sets the border thickness of a control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneCacheModeGets or sets a value that indicates that rendered content should be cached when possible. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertyCharacterSpacingGets or sets the distance between characters of text in the control measured in 1000ths of the font size. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneClipGets or sets the Geometry used to define the outline of the contents of a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContentGets or sets the value of the ContentControl dependency property.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContentTemplateGets or sets the data template that is used to display the content of the ContentControl.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneCursorGets or sets the cursor image that displays while the mouse pointer is over a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneDataContextGets or sets the data context for a FrameworkElement when it participates in data binding. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Protected propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneDefaultStyleKeyGets or sets the key that references the default style for the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneDesiredSizeGets the size that this UIElement computed during the measure pass of the layout process. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneDispatcherGets the Dispatcher this object is associated with. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public propertyEffectGets or sets the pixel shader effect to use for rendering this UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFlowDirectionGets or sets the direction that text and other user interface elements flow within any parent element that controls their layout. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFontFamilyGets or sets the font used to display text in the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFontSizeGets or sets the size of the text in this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFontStretchGets or sets the degree to which a font is condensed or expanded on the screen. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFontStyleGets or sets the style in which the text is rendered. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFontWeightGets or sets the thickness of the specified font. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneForegroundGets or sets a brush that describes the foreground color. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneHeightGets or sets the suggested height of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneHorizontalAlignmentGets or sets the horizontal alignment characteristics that are applied to a FrameworkElement when it is composed in a layout parent, such as a panel or items control. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneHorizontalContentAlignmentGets or sets the horizontal alignment of the control's content. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneIsEnabledGets or sets a value indicating whether the user can interact with the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneIsHitTestVisibleGets or sets whether the contained area of this UIElement can return true values for hit testing. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneIsTabStopGets or sets a value that indicates whether a control is included in tab navigation. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneLanguageGets or sets localization/globalization language information that applies to a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMarginGets or sets the outer margin of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMaxHeightGets or sets the maximum height constraint of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMaxWidthGets or sets the maximum width constraint of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMinHeightGets or sets the minimum height constraint of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMinWidthGets or sets the minimum width constraint of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneNameGets or sets the identifying name of the object. When a XAML processor creates the object tree from XAML markup, run-time code can refer to the XAML-declared object by this name. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOpacityGets or sets the degree of the object's opacity. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOpacityMaskGets or sets the brush used to alter the opacity of regions of this object. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhonePaddingGets or sets the padding inside a control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneParentGets the parent object of this FrameworkElement in the object tree. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneProjectionGets or sets the perspective projection (3-D effect) to apply when rendering this UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneRenderSizeGets the final render size of a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneRenderTransformGets or sets transform information that affects the rendering position of a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneRenderTransformOriginGets or sets the origin point of any possible render transform declared by RenderTransform, relative to the bounds of the UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneResourcesGets the locally defined resource dictionary. In XAML, you can establish resource items as child object elements of a frameworkElement.Resources property element, through XAML implicit collection syntax. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneStyleGets or sets an instance Style that is applied for this object during rendering. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTabIndexGets or sets a value that determines the order in which elements receive focus when the user navigates through controls by using the TAB key. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTabNavigationGets or sets a value that modifies how tabbing and TabIndex work for this control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTagGets or sets an arbitrary object value that can be used to store custom information about this object. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTemplateGets or sets a control template. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTriggersGets the collection of triggers for animations that are defined for a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneUseLayoutRoundingGets or sets a value that determines whether rendering for the object and its visual subtree should use rounding behavior that aligns rendering to whole pixels. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneVerticalAlignmentGets or sets the vertical alignment characteristics that are applied to a FrameworkElement when it is composed in a parent object such as a panel or items control. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneVerticalContentAlignmentGets or sets the vertical alignment of the control's content. (Inherited from Control.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneVisibilityGets or sets the visibility of a UIElement. A UIElement that is not visible does not render and does not communicate its desired size to layout. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneWidthGets or sets the width of a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneAddHandlerAdds a routed event handler for a specified routed event, adding the handler to the handler collection on the current element. Specify handledEventsToo as true to have the provided handler be invoked for routed event that had already been marked as handled by another element along the event route. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneApplyTemplateLoads the relevant control template so that its parts can be referenced. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneArrangePositions child objects and determines a size for a UIElement. Parent objects that implement custom layout for their child elements should call this method from their layout override implementations to form a recursive layout update. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneArrangeOverrideProvides the behavior for the Arrange pass of Silverlight layout. Classes can override this method to define their own Arrange pass behavior. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneCaptureMouseSets mouse capture to a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneCheckAccessDetermines whether the calling thread has access to this object. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneClearValueClears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFindNameRetrieves an object that has the specified identifier name. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneFocusAttempts to set the focus on the control. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetAnimationBaseValueReturns any base value established for a Silverlight dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetBindingExpressionRetrieves the BindingExpression for a dependency property where a binding is established. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetTemplateChildRetrieves the named element in the instantiated ControlTemplate visual tree. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGetValueReturns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneInvalidateArrangeInvalidates the arrange state (layout) for a UIElement. After the invalidation, the UIElement will have its layout updated, which will occur asynchronously. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneInvalidateMeasureInvalidates the measurement state (layout) for a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMeasureUpdates the DesiredSize of a UIElement. Typically, objects that implement custom layout for their layout children call this method from their own MeasureOverride implementations to form a recursive layout update. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMeasureOverrideProvides the behavior for the Measure pass of Silverlight layout. Classes can override this method to define their own Measure pass behavior. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnApplyTemplateWhen overridden in a derived class, is invoked whenever application code or internal processes (such as a rebuilding layout pass) call ApplyTemplate. In simplest terms, this means the method is called just before a UI element displays in an application. For more information, see Remarks. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnContentChangedCalled when the value of the Content property changes.
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnCreateAutomationPeerWhen implemented in a derived class, returns class-specific AutomationPeer implementations for the Silverlight automation infrastructure. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnDoubleTapCalled before the DoubleTap event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnDragEnterCalled before the DragEnter event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnDragLeaveCalled before the DragLeave event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnDragOverCalled before the DragOver event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnDropCalled before the Drop event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnGotFocusCalled before the GotFocus event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnHoldCalled before the Hold event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnKeyDownCalled before the KeyDown event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnKeyUpCalled before the KeyUp event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnLostFocusCalled before the LostFocus event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnLostMouseCaptureCalled before the LostMouseCapture event occurs to provide handling for the event in a derived class without attaching a delegate. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnManipulationCompletedCalled before the ManipulationCompleted event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnManipulationDeltaCalled before the ManipulationDelta event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnManipulationStartedCalled before the ManipulationStarted event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseEnterCalled before the MouseEnter event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseLeaveCalled before the MouseLeave event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseLeftButtonDownCalled before the MouseLeftButtonDown event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseLeftButtonUpCalled before the MouseLeftButtonUp event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseMoveCalled before the MouseMove event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseRightButtonDownCalled before the MouseRightButtonDown event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseRightButtonUpCalled before the MouseRightButtonUp event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnMouseWheelCalled before the MouseWheel event occurs to provide handling for the event in a derived class without attaching a delegate. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnTapCalled before the Tap event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnTextInputCalled before the TextInput event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnTextInputStartCalled before the TextInputStart event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneOnTextInputUpdateCalled before the TextInputUpdate event occurs. (Inherited from Control.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneReadLocalValueReturns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneReleaseMouseCaptureRemoves mouse capture from a UIElement. After this call, typically no object holds mouse capture. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneRemoveHandlerRemoves the specified routed event handler from this UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneSetBindingAttaches a binding to a FrameworkElement, using the provided binding object, and returns a BindingExpressionBase for possible later use. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneSetValueSets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTransformToVisualReturns a transform object that can be used to transform coordinates from the UIElement to the specified object. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneUpdateLayoutEnsures that all positions of child objects of a UIElement are properly updated for layout. (Inherited from UIElement.)
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  NameDescription
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneBindingValidationErrorOccurs when a data validation error is reported by a binding source. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public eventDataContextChangedOccurs when the data context for this element changes. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneDoubleTapOccurs when a DoubleTap gesture is committed while over this UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventDragEnterOccurs when the input system reports an underlying drag event with this element as the target. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventDragLeaveOccurs when the input system reports an underlying drag event with this element as the origin. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventDragOverOccurs when the input system reports an underlying drag event with this element as the potential drop target. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventDropOccurs when the input system reports an underlying drop event with this element as the drop target. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneGotFocusOccurs when a UIElement receives focus. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneHoldOccurs when a Hold gesture is committed while over this UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneIsEnabledChangedOccurs when the IsEnabled property changes. (Inherited from Control.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneKeyDownOccurs when a keyboard key is pressed while the UIElement has focus. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneKeyUpOccurs when a keyboard key is released while the UIElement has focus. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneLayoutUpdatedOccurs when the layout of the Silverlight visual tree changes. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneLoadedOccurs when a FrameworkElement has been constructed and added to the object tree. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneLostFocusOccurs when a UIElement loses focus. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneLostMouseCaptureOccurs when the UIElement loses mouse capture. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneManipulationCompletedOccurs when a manipulation and inertia on the UIElement is complete. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneManipulationDeltaOccurs when the input device changes position during a manipulation. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneManipulationStartedOccurs when an input device begins a manipulation on the UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventMediaCommandOccurs when a button is pressed on a remote control. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMouseEnterOccurs when the mouse (or a stylus) enters the bounding area of a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMouseLeaveOccurs when the mouse (or the stylus) leaves the bounding area of a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMouseLeftButtonDownOccurs when the left mouse button is pressed (or when the tip of the stylus touches the tablet) while the mouse pointer is over a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMouseLeftButtonUpOccurs when the left mouse button is released (or the tip of the stylus is removed from the tablet) while the mouse (or the stylus) is over a UIElement (or while a UIElement holds mouse capture). (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMouseMoveOccurs when the coordinate position of the mouse (or stylus) changes while over a UIElement (or while a UIElement holds mouse capture). (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventMouseRightButtonDownOccurs when the right mouse button is pressed while the mouse pointer is over a UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventMouseRightButtonUpOccurs when the right mouse button is released while the mouse pointer is over a UIElement. However, this event will only be raised if a caller marks the preceding MouseRightButtonDown event as handled; see Remarks. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneMouseWheelOccurs when the user rotates the mouse wheel while the mouse pointer is over a UIElement, or the UIElement has focus. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneSizeChangedOccurs when either the ActualHeight or the ActualWidth properties change value on a FrameworkElement. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTapOccurs when a Tap gesture is committed while over this UIElement. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTextInputOccurs when a UI element gets text in a device-independent manner. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTextInputStartOccurs when a UI element initially gets text in a device-independent manner. (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneTextInputUpdateOccurs when text continues to be composed via an input method editor (IME). (Inherited from UIElement.)
Public eventSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneUnloadedOccurs when this object is no longer connected to the main object tree. (Inherited from FrameworkElement.)
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  NameDescription
Public fieldStatic memberSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContentPropertyIdentifies the Content dependency property
Public fieldStatic memberSupported by Silverlight for Windows PhoneContentTemplatePropertyIdentifies the ContentTemplate dependency property
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The Content property of a ContentControl can be any type of object, such as a string, a UIElement, or a DateTime. When Content is set to a UIElement, the UIElement is displayed in the ContentControl. When Content is set to another type of object, a string representation of the object is displayed in the ContentControl.

A ContentControl has a limited default style. If you want to enhance the appearance of the control, you can create a new DataTemplate.

Content Model: ContentControl is the class that other content controls inherit from. For more information, see Control Content Models.

Customizing the ContentControl Control

To apply the same property settings to multiple ContentControl controls, use the Style property. To change the visual structure and visual behavior of a ContentControl, copy and modify its default style and template. For more information, see Control Customization.

Dependency properties for this control might be set by the default style of the control. If a dependency property for a ContentControl is set by its default style, the property might change from its default value when the ContentControl appears in the application. For more information, see Dependency Property Value Precedence. You can get the default style and template for ContentControl from ContentControl Styles and Templates.

NoteNote:

Setting a visual property will only have an effect if that property is both present in ContentControl control's default template and is set by using a TemplateBinding. You can find a list of visual properties in the "Changing the Visual Structure of a Control" section of Customizing the Appearance of an Existing Control by Using a ControlTemplate.

String Content of a ContentControl

So long as you are not targeting Silverlight 3, a ContentControl can use a string as the value for its Content  property. However, whether a string is useful as content, and how it displays, is potentially handled differently by each control that derives from ContentControl. Specifically, the ability to display a content string is related to how a control uses a ContentPresenter in its compositing. This behavior can also change by applying a custom control template to an existing control. Examples of content controls where string content displays by default include Button (and related button controls) and TabItemFrame is an example of a ContentControl that does not display string content.

Note that string content is specifically enabled only on ContentControl, not Control. For example, TextBox does not support string content, because it is not derived from ContentControl.

Rather than using a literal string, a ContentControl might use a reference to a string that is defined in a resource dictionary, or a binding. Either of these techniques can simplify the task of localizing the parts of the UI that are defined in XAML, by gathering the necessary string resources in one location rather than scattered throughout various XAML files. In this case, it is more common to not use string content, and to instead set ContentControl.Content as an attribute, with a value that is a {Binding} or {StaticResource}. For more information, see How to: Make XAML Content Localizable.

The following example shows how to set different types of content for two Button controls and a CheckBox, which inherit from ContentControl.

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<StackPanel Name="root" Width="200"  HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">

  <!--Create a Button with a string as its content.-->
  <Button Margin="10" Content="This is string content of a Button"/>

  <!--Create a Button with a single UIElement as its content.-->
  <Button Margin="10">
    <Rectangle Height="40" Width="40" Fill="Blue"/>
  </Button>

  <!--Create a Button with a panel that contains 
  multiple objects as its content.-->
  <CheckBox Margin="10">
    <StackPanel Margin="3,0,0,0" Orientation="Horizontal">
      <Ellipse Height="10" Width="10" Fill="Blue"/>
      <TextBlock TextAlignment="Center" Text="A string of text"></TextBlock>
    </StackPanel>
  </CheckBox>
</StackPanel>


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

System.Object
  System.Windows.DependencyObject
    System.Windows.UIElement
      System.Windows.FrameworkElement
        System.Windows.Controls.Control
          System.Windows.Controls.ContentControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.CachedContentControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.CollectionViewContainer
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.CrossFadeControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.CustomSearchBox
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.DataTemplateSelectorControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.DynamicExpander
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.ExpandableContentControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.FadeVisibilityControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.HeaderedContentControl
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.LayoutTransformer
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.RenderTransformInverter
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Controls.ScaleHost
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Views.GridLayoutView
            Microsoft.Internal.Pivot.Views.ItemViewerView
            System.Windows.Controls.ChildWindow
            System.Windows.Controls.DataGridCell
            System.Windows.Controls.Frame
            System.Windows.Controls.Label
            System.Windows.Controls.ListBoxItem
            System.Windows.Controls.Pivot.PivotViewerDetailPane
            System.Windows.Controls.Pivot.PivotViewerFilterPane
            System.Windows.Controls.Primitives.ButtonBase
            System.Windows.Controls.Primitives.DataGridColumnHeader
            System.Windows.Controls.Primitives.DataGridRowHeader
            System.Windows.Controls.ScrollViewer
            System.Windows.Controls.TabItem
            System.Windows.Controls.ToolTip

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