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Design-Time Skinning

Unless you have the DefaultLookAndFeel component that applies a specific skin, all DevExpress controls are painted using the default "DevExpress Style" skin at design time.

You can change the default design-time skin by going to the Visual Studio's "DevExpress | WinForms Controls" menu and clicking "Change Design-Time Settings...". In the displayed dialog, choose the required skin and check "Enable design-time form skinning".

This setting changes the DefaultDesignTimeLookAndFeel registry key, located under the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Developer Express" node (the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Developer Express" node for 64-bit Windows). The selected skin will be applied to all WinForms projects that have no skin explicitly set by the DefaultLookAndFeel component.


1. If you had a WinForms project opened when you changed the default design-time skin, re-open Visual Studio to see your changes take place.
2. This setting does not affect runtime application appearance; the "DevExpress Style" skin will still be applied at runtime by default.

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