How to: Customize Colors in ToolStrip Applications

 

You can customize the appearance of your ToolStrip by using the ToolStripProfessionalRenderer class to use customized colors.

Example

The following code example demonstrates how to use a ToolStripProfessionalRenderer to define custom colors at run time.

// This code example demonstrates how to use a ProfessionalRenderer
// to define custom professional colors at runtime.
class Form2 : Form
{
    public Form2()
    {
        // Create a new ToolStrip control.
        ToolStrip ts = new ToolStrip();

        // Populate the ToolStrip control.
        ts.Items.Add("Apples");
        ts.Items.Add("Oranges");
        ts.Items.Add("Pears");
        ts.Items.Add(
            "Change Colors", 
            null, 
            new EventHandler(ChangeColors_Click));

        // Create a new MenuStrip.
        MenuStrip ms = new MenuStrip();

        // Dock the MenuStrip control to the top of the form.
        ms.Dock = DockStyle.Top;

        // Add the top-level menu items.
        ms.Items.Add("File");
        ms.Items.Add("Edit");
        ms.Items.Add("View");
        ms.Items.Add("Window");

        // Add the ToolStrip to Controls collection.
        this.Controls.Add(ts);

        // Add the MenuStrip control last.
        // This is important for correct placement in the z-order.
        this.Controls.Add(ms);
    }

    // This event handler is invoked when the "Change colors"
    // ToolStripItem is clicked. It assigns the Renderer
    // property for the ToolStrip control.
    void ChangeColors_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        ToolStripManager.Renderer = 
            new ToolStripProfessionalRenderer(new CustomProfessionalColors());
    }
}

// This class defines the gradient colors for 
// the MenuStrip and the ToolStrip.
class CustomProfessionalColors : ProfessionalColorTable
{
    public override Color ToolStripGradientBegin
    { get { return Color.BlueViolet; } }

    public override Color ToolStripGradientMiddle
    { get { return Color.CadetBlue; } }

    public override Color ToolStripGradientEnd
    { get { return Color.CornflowerBlue; } }

    public override Color MenuStripGradientBegin
    { get { return Color.Salmon; } }

    public override Color MenuStripGradientEnd
    { get { return Color.OrangeRed; } }
}

Compiling the Code

This example requires:

  • References to the System.Design, System.Drawing, and System.Windows.Forms assemblies.

For information about building this example from the command line for Visual Basic or Visual C#, see Building from the Command Line (Visual Basic) or Command-line Building With csc.exe. You can also build this example in Visual Studio by pasting the code into a new project. Also see How to: Compile and Run a Complete Windows Forms Code Example Using Visual Studio.

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