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SkinManager Class

Manages skins for DevExpress controls.

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

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Expanded Remarks

The SkinManager class provides the capability to load and register skins, and enable and disable the title bar skinning feature for DevExpress forms.

DevExpress forms (including the XtraForm, XtraMessageBox and various dialog and message boxes displayed by DevExpress controls) support title bar skinning. The following image shows a form painted using the Caramel skin with the title bar skinning feature enabled:

To enable the title bar skinning feature, apply a skinning painting scheme to the form via its LookAndFeel property, and call the EnableFormSkins/EnableFormSkinsIfNotVista method at runtime. Typically this method should be called on the application startup. See Skins to learn more.

To disable the form's title bar skinning feature, call the DisableFormSkins method, and then call the DevExpress.LookAndFeel.LookAndFeelHelper.ForceDefaultLookAndFeelChanged method.

Title bar skinning for MDI child DevExpress forms can be enabled and disabled via the EnableMdiFormSkins and DisableMdiFormSkins methods, respectively. The use of these methods is equivalent to the EnableFormSkins and DisableFormSkins methods.

Specific skins are stored in external libraries (for instance, the Coffee, Liquid Sky and Stardust skins are stored in the DevExpress.BonusSkins library). These skins must be registered for runtime use. Otherwise, they are not available for DevExpress controls and forms. For information on registering skins stored in external libraries, see How To: Localize Bar and Ribbon Skin Items.

Expanded Example

The following code shows how to populate a combo box editor with names of available skins. When a specific item is selected from the editor's dropdown, the corresponding skin is applied to controls.

To get the available skin names, the Skins property is used.

In this example, the selected skin is applied via the DefaultLookAndFeel object. It specifies look and feel settings used by all Developer Express controls and forms by default.

Expanded Inheritance Hierarchy

System.Object
    SkinManager

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