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UserLookAndFeel.ActiveLookAndFeel Property

Gets the actual UserLookAndFeel object currently applied.

Namespace:DevExpress.LookAndFeel
Assembly:DevExpress.Utils.v17.2.dll

Expanded Syntax

Property value

Type: UserLookAndFeel
A UserLookAndFeel object currently applied.

Expanded Remarks

The currently applied look and feel is determined according to the values of the UseDefaultLookAndFeel and ParentLookAndFeel properties.

Property values Description

UseDefaultLookAndFeel is set to true

ParentLookAndFeel specifies a non-null value
Look and feel settings are controlled by a parent LookAndFeel object assigned to the ParentLookAndFeel property. In turn, these settings are determined by the UseDefaultLookAndFeel and ParentLookAndFeel properties of the parent LookAndFeel.

ActiveLookAndFeel will return the parent LookAndFeel whose settings are currently applied.

Specifying a parent LookAndFeel object can be useful to provide centralized management of controls' appearance.

UseDefaultLookAndFeel is set to true

ParentLookAndFeel specifies a null value
The current look and feel settings are controlled by a static Default LookAndFeel object and the ActiveLookAndFeel property returns this object. You can access the Default LookAndFeel via the static Default property or by placing and customizing a DefaultLookAndFeel component. The Default property can only be accessed via code, while the DefaultLookAndFeel component can be customized at design and runtime.
UseDefaultLookAndFeel is set to false Look and feel settings are controlled by the current UserLookAndFeel object. ActiveLookAndFeel returns a reference to the current object.

Changing properties of the Default LookAndFeel enables you to have all controls in your application looking alike. This is the case, if UseDefaultLookAndFeel is set to true and control's style properties are set to Default (see the UserLookAndFeel topic for more information).

The style applied by the active LookAndFeel object is defined by the ActiveStyle property.

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