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Application.EnableVisualStyles Method

Enables visual styles for the application.

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

public static void EnableVisualStyles()

This method enables visual styles for the application. Visual styles are the colors, fonts, and other visual elements that form an operating system theme. Controls will draw with visual styles if the control and the operating system support it. To have an effect, EnableVisualStyles() must be called before creating any controls in the application; typically, EnableVisualStyles() is the first line in the Main function. A separate manifest is not required to enable visual styles when calling EnableVisualStyles().

NoteNote

Prior to the .NET Framework 2.0, the FlatStyle property of some controls, such as controls that derive from ButtonBase, had to be set to FlatStyle.System in order for the controls to be drawn with visual styles. In applications written with the .NET Framework 2.0, this is no longer necessary.

NoteNote

This method will have no effect for controls hosted in Internet Explorer.

Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Platform Note: Visual styles are only supported on these platforms.

The following code example demonstrates calling EnableVisualStyles in the Main function to enable visual styles for the application.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace VStyles
{
    public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
    {

        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button1;

        [STAThread]
        static void Main() 
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.Run(new Form1());
        }

        public Form1()
        {
            this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 16);
            this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 100);
            this.button1.FlatStyle = FlatStyle.System;
            this.button1.Text = "I am themed.";

            // Sets up how the form should be displayed and adds the controls to the form. 
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(300, 286);
            this.Controls.Add(this.button1);

            this.Text = "Application.EnableVisualStyles Example";

        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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