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Auto Format Dialog Box

Allows you to select predefined set of colors, border styles, and other settings (referred to as a scheme) and apply them to a Web server control.

When you select a scheme, the scheme's settings are applied to properties of the control. Different schemes make different settings, but a typical set of properties set by a scheme is:

  • BackColor

  • BorderColor

  • BorderStyle

  • BorderWidth

  • CellPadding

  • Gridlines

In some schemes, settings are also made for the style objects associated with the control. For example, a scheme might set the ForeColor and ForeColor properties.

To access this dialog box

  1. In Visual Web Developer, open or create an ASP.NET Web page and then switch to Design view.

  2. From the Standard node of the Toolbox drag a schemable control such as the TreeView or the ChangePassword control onto the page.

  3. Right-click the control and then click Show Smart Tag.

  4. In the Tasks list, click Auto Format.

  5. The Auto Format dialog box opens.

Select a scheme

Select a scheme by name or select Remove Formatting to restore the default values for the properties set by the scheme.


If you choose Remove Formatting, it resets all properties affected by the scheme, even if you changed the settings after applying it.


Displays a sample of what the control will look like with the scheme applied. (The preview does not reflect the exact configuration of the control.)

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