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Control.Template Property

Gets or sets a control template. This is a dependency property.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation
public ControlTemplate Template { get; set; }
<object>
  <object.Template>
    <ControlTemplate .../>
  </object.Template>
</object>

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Controls.ControlTemplate
The template that defines the appearance of the Control.

Identifier field

TemplateProperty

Metadata properties set to true

AffectsMeasure

The ControlTemplate specifies the appearance of a Control; if a Control does not have a ControlTemplate, the Control will not appear in your application. The control author defines the default control template, and the application author can override the ControlTemplate to redefine the visual tree of the control. See ControlTemplate Examples for information and examples of how to change the visual tree of existing controls.

A ControlTemplate is intended to be a self-contained unit of implementation detail that is invisible to outside users and objects, including Style objects. The only way to manipulate the content of the control template is from within the same control template.

The following example creates a ControlTemplate for a Button. If you add this to your application as a resource, all the buttons in the application will appear as ellipses but will still function as buttons.

<Style TargetType="Button">
  <!--Set to true to not get any properties from the themes.-->
  <Setter Property="OverridesDefaultStyle" Value="True"/>
  <Setter Property="Template">
    <Setter.Value>
      <ControlTemplate TargetType="Button">
        <Grid>
          <Ellipse Fill="{TemplateBinding Background}"/>
          <ContentPresenter HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                            VerticalAlignment="Center"/>
        </Grid>
      </ControlTemplate>
    </Setter.Value>
  </Setter>
</Style>

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0
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