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.Net and the look of Office XP?

How do I create .NET windows applications that look like Office XP applications?

I know that in VC 6.0 land, I would add a line to the resource file or something.  And link in some lib from the framework SDK.

Maybe just some keywords to search MSDN and google with.  I just can't seem to find it.

ganga zumba
Wednesday, May 21, 2003

For your app to adopt the *Windows* XP look and feel then, for .NET 1.0,  you need to have a manifest file with your app: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dv_vstechart/html/vbtchUsingWindowsXPVisualStylesWithControlsOnWindowsForms.asp

.NET 1.1 allows you to call Application.EnableVisualStyles() and you don't need the manifest.

For Office XP style menus and toolbars you need to use a third party library -- looks like one of the best is also free :-) -- the Magic UI Library from http://www.dotnetmagic.com/

Duncan Smart
Wednesday, May 21, 2003

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