ControlTemplate Class
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ControlTemplate Class

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Defines the element tree that is applied as a control template.


Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.

public sealed class ControlTemplate : FrameworkTemplate
<ControlTemplate ...>

XAML Values


A single object element that derives from FrameworkElement. The templateRootElement is often a panel that contains other element.

The ControlTemplate type exposes the following members.

Public methodControlTemplateInitializes a new instance of the ControlTemplate class.

Public propertyDispatcherGets the Dispatcher this object is associated with. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public propertyTargetTypeGets or sets the type to which the ControlTemplate is applied.

Public methodCheckAccessDetermines whether the calling thread has access to this object. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodClearValueClears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetAnimationBaseValueReturns any base value established for a Windows Phone dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetValueReturns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodReadLocalValueReturns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodSetValueSets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

The ControlTemplate defines the control's appearance, which is usually a composite of multiple elements.

If you are defining a control template that is intended to replace the template of an existing control class, then the XAML that you use to define the control template content should match the existing control contract. Otherwise, the control may not function correctly in the UI.

If you create a new control class that uses a ControlTemplate, you should use the control parts model so that you control will behave correctly when someone replaces the ControlTemplate of your control.

In Windows Phone, control templating is entirely done by defining XAML. The API surface of FrameworkTemplate and ControlTemplate is not intended for and is not capable of defining templates for a control by creating a ControlTemplate in code.

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

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

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