Background property

Panel.Background property

Gets or sets a Brush that fills the panel content area.


Public Property Background As Brush

<panel Background="{StaticResource resourceName}"/>

<panel Background="colorString"/>


XAML Values


The resource name (x:Key attribute value) of an existing XAML resource that defines a brush. This is the recommended way to specify Brush values in XAML if you have any intention of using the same colors or brushes in more than one part of your UI. See Remarks in Brush or ResourceDictionary and XAML resource references.


The Color for a SolidColorBrush expressed as an attribute string. This can be a named color, an RGB value, or an ScRGB value. RGB or ScRGB may also specify alpha information. See the "XAML Values" section in Color.


Within opening and closing property elements, exactly one object element for an object that derives from Brush. This is typically one of the following classes: LinearGradientBrush, ImageBrush, SolidColorBrush.

Property value

Type: Brush

The brush that fills the panel content area. The default is null, (a null brush) which is evaluated as Transparent for rendering.


The Background value for a Panel-derived panel is visible underneath the inner area if the elements that are in the Children collection have transparency or null brushes for any of their defining area. It displays in the child margin area for any case where a child element has a nonzero Margin affecting its position. It is also visible between the layout positions of any child elements regardless of margin, although that can depend on how the panel implements its layout behavior. For example, in a Canvas, any pixel in the content area where there's not an absolutely positioned element covering it will show the panel Background brush.

If you're using a Panel class such as Grid or StackPanel as the root element of a control template, it's a common practice to use a {TemplateBinding} markup extension to bind the panel's background to the Control.Background property of the template parent (the control class that uses your template).

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Controls [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Controls [C++]



See also

Use brushes



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