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VisualStyleState Enumeration

Specifies how visual styles are applied to the current application.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public enum VisualStyleState
public enum VisualStyleState
public enum VisualStyleState

 Member nameDescription
ClientAndNonClientAreasEnabledVisual styles are applied to client and nonclient areas. 
ClientAreaEnabledVisual styles are applied only to the client area. 
NonClientAreaEnabledVisual styles are applied only to the nonclient area. 
NoneEnabledVisual styles are not applied to the application. 

This enumeration is used by the Application.VisualStyleState property to specify whether visual styles are applied to client or nonclient areas of application windows.

The following code example is a simple program that applies visual styles in each of the four areas specified by the VisualStyleState values. To enable visual styles in a certain area, click the option button (also known as a radio button) that represents the area you want to enable, and click the Update VisualStyleState button to observe the changes in the window.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles;

namespace VisualStyleStateSample
	class Form1 : Form
		Button button1 = new Button();
		RadioButton radioButton1 = new RadioButton();
		RadioButton radioButton2 = new RadioButton();
		RadioButton radioButton3 = new RadioButton();
		RadioButton radioButton4 = new RadioButton();

		public Form1()
			button1.AutoSize = true;
			button1.Location = new Point(10, 10);
			button1.Text = "Update VisualStyleState";
			button1.Click += new EventHandler(button1_Click);

			radioButton1.Location = new Point(10, 50);
			radioButton1.AutoSize = true;
			radioButton1.Text = "Apply styles to client area only";

			radioButton2.Location = new Point(10, 70);
			radioButton2.AutoSize = true;
			radioButton2.Text = "Apply styles to nonclient area only";

			radioButton3.Location = new Point(10, 90);
			radioButton3.AutoSize = true;
			radioButton3.Text = "Apply styles to client and nonclient areas";

			radioButton4.Location = new Point(10, 110);
			radioButton4.AutoSize = true;
			radioButton4.Text = "Disable styles in all areas";

			this.Text = "VisualStyleState Test";
			this.Controls.AddRange(new Control[] { button1,  
                radioButton1, radioButton2, radioButton3, radioButton4});

		static void Main()
			Application.Run(new Form1());

		void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
			if (radioButton1.Checked)
				Application.VisualStyleState =
			else if (radioButton2.Checked)
				Application.VisualStyleState =
			else if (radioButton3.Checked)
				Application.VisualStyleState =
			else if (radioButton4.Checked)
				Application.VisualStyleState =

			// Repaint the form and all child controls.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0