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Control.Background Property

Gets or sets a brush that describes the background of a control.

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

'Declaration
<BindableAttribute(True)> _
Public Property Background As Brush

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Media.Brush
The brush that is used to fill the background of the control. The default is Brushes.Transparent.

The Background property applies only to the resting state of a control. The default style of the control specifies its appearance when the state of the control changes. For example, if you set the Background property on a Button, the button has that value only when it is not pressed or disabled. If you want to create a control that has a more advanced customization of the background, you must define the control's style.

This property only affects a control whose template uses the Background property as a parameter. On other controls, this property has no impact.

The following example shows how to set the background property of a control.

<Button Name="btn" Background="Red" 
        Click="ChangeBackground">
  Background
</Button>
Private Sub ChangeBackground(ByVal Sender As Object, ByVal e As RoutedEventArgs)

    If (Equals(btn.Background, Brushes.Red)) Then

        btn.Background = New LinearGradientBrush(Colors.LightBlue, Colors.SlateBlue, 90)
        btn.Content = "Control background changes from red to a blue gradient." 

    Else

        btn.Background = Brushes.Red
        btn.Content = "Background" 

    End If 
End Sub

The following example shows a template that enables a trigger to change the background of a button when it is pressed.

<Button FontSize="16" FontWeight="Bold">Click the Background
  <Button.Template>
    <ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
      <Border Background="{TemplateBinding Background}">
         <ContentPresenter/>
      </Border>
    </ControlTemplate>
  </Button.Template>

  <Button.Style>
    <Style TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
      <Setter Property="Background" Value="Blue"/>
      <Style.Triggers>
        <Trigger Property="IsPressed" Value="true">
          <Setter Property="Background" Value="Red"/>
        </Trigger>
      </Style.Triggers>
    </Style>
  </Button.Style>
</Button>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.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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