Specifies the appearance of a control.
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
In the case of the style button, this enumeration controls some behavior as well as appearance. The style control initially appears until the mouse pointer moves over it. When the mouse pointer moves over the control, it appears as a style control until the mouse pointer is moved off of it again.
If the style is used, the appearance of the control is determined by the user's operating system and the following property values will be ignored: Control.BackgroundImage, ImageAlign, Image, ImageIndex, ImageList, and TextAlign. In addition, the Control.BackColor property will be ignored for button controls. If supported, users can change the appearance of controls by adjusting the appearance settings of their operating system.
When the FlatStyle property of the RadioButton and CheckBox classes is set to , the control is drawn by the user's operating system and the check alignment is based upon the CheckAlign and ButtonBase.TextAlign property values. The CheckAlign property value is not changed, but the appearance of the control can be affected. The check box is horizontally aligned with either the left or right edge of the control (a left or center alignment appears left aligned, right remains unchanged), and vertically aligned the same as the descriptive text. For example, if you have a CheckBox control with a CheckAlign property value of ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter and a TextAlign property value of ContentAlignment.TopRight, and the FlatStyle property value is set to , the check box alignment will appear to be ContentAlignment.TopLeft while the text alignment remains unchanged.
Setting the FlatStyle property to is not advisable if you need to display an image on a control, display an image as a control's background, or perform precise text alignment.
Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Platform Note: To make your Windows Forms application support Windows XP visual styles, be sure to set the FlatStyle property to . If you are using version 1.0 of the .NET Framework, include a manifest with your executable. A manifest is an XML file that is included either as a resource within your application executable or as a separate file that resides in the same directory as the executable file. For an example of a manifest, see the Example section. For more information about using the visual styles available in Windows XP, see the topic "Using Windows XP Visual Styles" in the "User Interface Design and Development" section of the MSDN Library.
The following is an example of a manifest to allow your application to support the visual styles available in Windows XP if you are using version 1.0 of the .NET Framework. The manifest can be added to your application as a resource or as a stand-alone text file. The manifest file resides in the same directory as the executable file, and the name of the text file must be the complete name of the executable file with an additional file name extension of.manifest. For example, the manifest file for MyApp.exe would be MyApp.exe.manifest. This example assumes that the FlatStyle properties of the controls in your application are set to .
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0"> <assemblyIdentity version="126.96.36.199" processorArchitecture="X86" name="CompanyName.ProductName.YourApplication" type="win32" /> <description>Your application description here.</description> <dependency> <dependentAssembly> <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" version="188.8.131.52" processorArchitecture="X86" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*" /> </dependentAssembly> </dependency> </assembly>
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2
The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.