Style Class

Enables the sharing of properties, resources, and event handlers between instances of a type.

Namespace: System.Windows
Assembly: PresentationFramework (in presentationframework.dll)
XML Namespace:

<ContentPropertyAttribute("Setters")> _
<LocalizabilityAttribute(LocalizationCategory.Ignore)> _
Public Class Style
	Inherits DispatcherObject
	Implements INameScope, IAddChild
Dim instance As Style

/** @attribute ContentPropertyAttribute("Setters") */ 
/** @attribute LocalizabilityAttribute(LocalizationCategory.Ignore) */ 
public class Style extends DispatcherObject implements INameScope, IAddChild
public class Style extends DispatcherObject implements INameScope, IAddChild

You can set a Style on any element that derives from FrameworkElement or FrameworkContentElement. A style is most commonly declared as a resource inside the Resources section. Because styles are resources, they obey the same scoping rules that apply to all resources, so where you declare a style affects where it can be applied. If, for instance, you declare the style in the root element of your application definition XAML file, the style can be used anywhere in your application. If you are creating a navigation application and declare the style in one of the application's XAML files, the style can be used only in that XAML file. For more information on scoping rules for resources, see Reusing Objects and Values with Resources.

The style declaration consists of a Style object that contains a collection of one or more Setters. Each Setter consists of a Property and a Value. The property is the name of the property of the element the style is to apply to. After the style is declared as a resource, it can then be referenced just like any other resource.


If there is more than one setter in the setter collection with the same Property property value, the setter that is declared last is used. Similarly, if you set a value for the same property in a style and on an element directly, the value set on the element directly takes precedence.

The Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) styling and templating model allows maintenance and sharing of a look as well as the separation of presentation and logic. The styling and templating model includes a suite of features that enable you to customize your UI. This suite of features includes the Style class as well as the following:

For more information, see Styling and Templating.

The following example shows a style declaration that will affect the Background property of a Control.

<Style x:Key="Style1">
  <Setter Property="Control.Background" Value="Yellow"/>

To apply the above style, do the following:

<Label Content="Yellow Background" Style="{StaticResource Style1}" />

You can also apply styles to all elements of a given type by using the TargetType property. Adding the target type to the style means that you no longer have to fully qualify the property you are setting with the ClassName.PropertyName syntax. The following example defines a style that will be applied to every TextBlock element.

<Style TargetType="{x:Type TextBlock}">
  <Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="Segoe Black" />
  <Setter Property="HorizontalAlignment" Value="Center" />
  <Setter Property="FontSize" Value="12pt" />
  <Setter Property="Foreground" Value="#777777" />


Many WPF controls consist of a combination of other WPF controls, so creating a style that applies to all controls of a type can have broad impact. For instance, if you create a style that targets the TextBlock controls in a Canvas, the style is applied to all TextBlock controls in the canvas, even if the TextBlock is part of another control, such as a ListBox.

For information on how to extend or inherit from a defined style, see the BasedOn page.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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