WPF - Visual Studio 2019 Themes and New Default Theme

WPF Team Blog
29 April 2020

With the Visual Studio 2019, Microsoft has refreshed its application appearance. The DevExpress v20.1 WPF Controls will help you to replicate this appearance in your applications.

New Visual Studio 2019 Themes

The following release adds three new Visual Studio 2019-inspired themes to our WPF Theme collection:

  • Blue
  • Dark
  • Light

Combined with our powerful Docking suite and ThemedWindow that can display Toolbars in its header, new themes provide modern Visual Studio inspired UI:

Office 2019 Themes

Follow this link to see the new Visual Studio 2019 themes in action (you need an installation of DXperience v20.1 Beta with demos on your machine):

Visual Studio Docking

New Default DevExpress Theme

DevExpress WPF Controls now use the Office 2019 Colorful theme by default.

Office 2019 Themes

Compared to the previous default theme (Office2016White), Office2019Colorful includes the following advantages:

  • Lightweight templates for Toolbar and Ribbon items.
  • Easily customizable color palettes.
  • Seven built-in color presets.
  • Reworked templates with better support for appearance properties.
  • Templates for WPF PasswordBox, Menu, and ContextMenu controls (starting with v20.1).

To avoid breaking changes in existing projects, the Project Converter tool will apply the Office 2016 White theme to all projects that did not specify a theme. Please refer to the following article for more information on the migration process:

T856665 - The default theme has been changed to "Office 2019 Colorful"

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