Visual Styles in Windows Forms Grid Control

The GridControl can be displayed with the different themes by using the GridVisualStyles property. The following themes are available for GridControl,

  • Office2003
  • Office2007Blue
  • Office2007Black
  • Office2007Silver
  • Office2010Blue
  • Office2010Black
  • Office2010Silver
  • Office2016Black
  • Office2016Colorful
  • Office2016DarkGray
  • Office2016White
  • Metro
  • SystemTheme
//Applying Visual Styles to the Grid 
this.gridControl1.GridVisualStyles = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.GridVisualStyles.Office2010Black;
'Applying Visual Styles to the Grid 
Me.gridControl1.GridVisualStyles = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.GridVisualStyles.Office2010Black

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NOTE

To apply the enhanced themes to the GridControl, set EnableLegacyStyle property to false.
The change of visual styles can be handled by using the ThemesChanged event. It will be fired while changing the GridVisualStyles of the GridControl.

Enabling Visual Styles

In GridControl, themes can be enabled by setting the ThemesEnabled property value as true. By default the grid will be loaded with the SystemTheme.

//To apply other visual styles except SystemTheme
this.gridControl1.ThemesEnabled = true;
'To apply other visual styles except SystemTheme
Me.gridControl1.ThemesEnabled = True

Applying Skin for ComboBox Cell

There will be no themes applied to the ComboBox cell by default. If you want to enable the theme, set EnableGridListControlInComboBox property to false. It will add the GridListControl to the ComboBox drop down and the visual style of the grid will be applied.

// To Use GridComboBoxCellModel in Grid
this.gridControl1.Model.EnableGridListControlInComboBox = false;
' To Use GridComboBoxCellModel in Grid
Me.gridControl1.Model.EnableGridListControlInComboBox = False

Modifying Metro Colors

Custom colors can be applied to the metro theme by using the SetMetroStyle method. It can be used to change the colors of Mouse hover, pressed and clicked colors of the Headers and the embedded cell controls of the GridControl.

//Create GridMetroColors object for customizing the metro visual style
GridMetroColors metroColor = new GridMetroColors();

//Set custom colors to Metro Headers of the GridControl
metroColor.HeaderColor.NormalColor = Color.Pink;
metroColor.HeaderColor.HoverColor = Color.Orange;
metroColor.HeaderColor.PressedColor = Color.GhostWhite;

//set bottom border color of the column header
metroColor.HeaderBottomBorderColor = Color.Green;

//Set the back colors for the CheckBox and ComboBox
metroColor.CheckBoxColor.BackColor = Color.Brown;
metroColor.ComboboxColor.NormalBackColor = Color.Yellow;

//Apply Custom colors to the Metro visual style
this.gridControl1.SetMetroStyle(metroColor);
'Create GridMetroColors object for customizing the metro visual style
Dim metroColor As New GridMetroColors()

'Set custom colors to Metro Headers of the GridControl
metroColor.HeaderColor.NormalColor = Color.Pink
metroColor.HeaderColor.HoverColor = Color.Orange
metroColor.HeaderColor.PressedColor = Color.GhostWhite

'set bottom border color of the column header
metroColor.HeaderBottomBorderColor = Color.Green

'Set the back colors for the CheckBox and ComboBox
metroColor.CheckBoxColor.BackColor = Color.Brown
metroColor.ComboboxColor.NormalBackColor = Color.Yellow

'Apply Custom colors to the Metro visual style
Me.gridControl1.SetMetroStyle(metroColor)

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Modifying Metro Scrollbar Colors

The Scrollbars of the metro visual style can be customized by setting the MetroColorTable property as of follows.

//Used to set the custom colors to the Metro scrollbars
this.gridControl1.MetroColorTable.ScrollerBackground = Color.Aqua;
this.gridControl1.MetroColorTable.ArrowNormalBackGround = Color.Green;
this.gridControl1.MetroColorTable.ThumbNormal = Color.Blue;
'Used to set the custom colors to the Metro scrollbars
Me.gridControl1.MetroColorTable.ScrollerBackground = Color.Aqua
Me.gridControl1.MetroColorTable.ArrowNormalBackGround = Color.Green
Me.gridControl1.MetroColorTable.ThumbNormal = Color.Blue

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NOTE

The scrollbar customization is briefly discussed in the Scrolling section.

Modifying Office2016 colors

Custom colors can be applied to the metro theme by using the SetOffice2016ThemeStyle method. It can be used to change the colors of Mouse hover, pressed, and clicked colors of the headers and the embedded cell controls of the GridControl.

//Create GridOffice2016ThemeColors object for customizing the Office2016 visual style
GridOffice2016ThemeColors style = new GridOffice2016ThemeColors();
//Set custom colors to Office2016 Headers of the GridControl
style.HeaderColor.NormalColor = Color.Bisque;
style.HeaderColor.HoverColor = Color.MediumPurple;
style.CheckBoxColor.BackColor = Color.Brown;
//Set the back colors for the CheckBox,ComboBox,PushButton
style.CheckBoxColor.BackColor = Color.Brown;
style.ComboboxColor.NormalBackColor = Color.OrangeRed;
style.PushButtonColor.NormalBackColor = Color.PaleGreen;
//Apply Custom colors to the Office2016 visual style
this.gridControl1.SetOffice2016ThemeStyle(GridVisualStyles.Office2016Colorful, style);
'Create GridOffice2016ThemeColors object for customizing the Office2016 visual style
Dim style As New GridOffice2016ThemeColors()
'Set custom colors to Office2016Headers of the GridControl
style.HeaderColor.NormalColor = Color.Bisque
style.HeaderColor.HoverColor = Color.MediumPurple
style.CheckBoxColor.BackColor = Color.Brown
'Set the back colors for the CheckBox,ComboBox,PushButton
style.CheckBoxColor.BackColor = Color.Brown
style.ComboboxColor.NormalBackColor = Color.OrangeRed
style.PushButtonColor.NormalBackColor = Color.PaleGreen
'Apply Custom colors to the Office2016 visual style
Me.gridControl1.SetOffice2016ThemeStyle(GridVisualStyles.Office2016Colorful, style)

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Modifying Office2016 scrollbar colors

The scrollbars of the Office2016 visual style can be customized by setting any one of the following respective property based on theme:

  • Office2016ColorfulColorTable
  • Office2016BlackColorTable
  • Office2016WhiteColorTable
  • Office2016DarkGrayColorTable
//Used to set the custom colors to the Office2016 scrollbars
 this.gridControl1.Office2016ColorfulColorTable .ScrollerBackground = Color.Aqua;
 this.gridControl1.Office2016ColorfulColorTable.ArrowNormalBackGround = Color.Green;
 this.gridControl1.Office2016ColorfulColorTable.ThumbNormal = Color.Blue;
'Used to set the custom colors to the Office2016 scrollbars
 Me.gridControl1.Office2016ColorfulColorTable.ScrollerBackground = Color.Aqua
 Me.gridControl1.Office2016ColorfulColorTable.ArrowNormalBackGround = Color.Green
 Me.gridControl1.Office2016ColorfulColorTable.ThumbNormal = Color.Blue

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Apply Skins to the GridControl

The more advanced themes along with the basic themes defined by GridVisualStyles can be added to the grid by using the GridSkins. It is available as an add-on feature in the GridHelperClasses library. GridSkins depict the custom skin of GridVisualStyles. Currently, it comes with Vista skin that makes the grid components appear in vista-like look and feel. This can be set to the grid by using the ApplySkin method.

//Apply skin to the GridControl
GridSkins.ApplySkin(this.gridControl1.Model, Skins.Vista);
'Apply skin to the GridControl
GridSkins.ApplySkin(Me.gridControl1.Model, Skins.Vista)

Skin Manager

Theme can also be applied to the GridControl by using SetVisualStyle method of SkinManager.

// Code for applying visual theme for only one control.
SkinManager.SetVisualStyle(this.gridControl1, VisualTheme.Office2010Blue );
' Code for applying visual theme for only one control.
SkinManager.SetVisualStyle(Me.gridControl1, VisualTheme.Office2010Blue)

The SkinManager provides the supports for all the VisualTheme available in GridControl. It is also used to apply the same visual style for all the Syncfusion controls in the form.

// Code for applying visual theme for the whole form.
SkinManager.SetVisualStyle(this, VisualTheme.Office2010Blue);
' Code for applying visual theme for the whole form.
SkinManager.SetVisualStyle(Me, VisualTheme.Office2010Blue)

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Customizing Visual Styles

All the elements of the GridControl’s appearance can be customized. This section will explain about the customization of the themes using IVisualStylesDrawing.

Customization Using IVisualStylesDrawing

The grid can be applied with the custom visual styles by implementing the IVisualStylesDrawing interface. This interface provides the list of methods for drawing the icons and header colors of the grid.

public class CustomTheme : IVisualStylesDrawing
{
    private GridVisualStyles visualStyle;

    public CustomTheme(GridVisualStyles style)
    {
        this.visualStyle = style;

    }
    public CustomTheme(GridVisualStyles style, bool legacyStyle)
    {
        this.visualStyle = style;
        this.isLegacyStyle = legacyStyle;
    }

    
    public void DrawHeaderStyle(Graphics g, Rectangle rect, ThemedHeaderDrawing.HeaderState state)
    {            

//Check for empty headers
        if (rect.Height == 0 && rect.Width == 0)
            return;

//Check for the current state of the header and paints the foreground accordingly.

        if (state == ThemedHeaderDrawing.HeaderState.Normal)
        {
            LinearGradientBrush br = new LinearGradientBrush(rect, Color.FromArgb(255, 128, 255), Color.FromArgb(255, 0, 128), LinearGradientMode.Vertical);
            g.FillRectangle(br, rect);                
            g.FillRectangle(br, new Rectangle(rect.X + 1, rect.Y + 1, rect.Width - 2, rect.Height - 2));
            br.Dispose();
        }            
        else
        {               
            LinearGradientBrush br = new LinearGradientBrush(rect, Color.FromArgb(0, 128, 0), Color.FromArgb(128, 255, 128), LinearGradientMode.Vertical);
            g.FillRectangle(br, rect);
            g.FillRectangle(br, new Rectangle(rect.X + 1, rect.Y + 1, rect.Width - 2, rect.Height - 2));
            br.Dispose();
        }
    }

// IVisualStylesDrawing Members …
}
Public Class CustomTheme
    Implements IVisualStylesDrawing
    Private visualStyle As GridVisualStyles

    Public Sub New(ByVal style As GridVisualStyles)
        Me.visualStyle = style

    End Sub
    Public Sub New(ByVal style As GridVisualStyles, ByVal legacyStyle As Boolean)
        Me.visualStyle = style
        Me.isLegacyStyle = legacyStyle
    End Sub


    Public Sub DrawHeaderStyle(ByVal g As Graphics, ByVal rect As Rectangle, ByVal state As ThemedHeaderDrawing.HeaderState)
 
  'Check for empty headers
        If rect.Height = 0 AndAlso rect.Width = 0 Then
            Return
        End If

 'Check for the current state of the header and paints the foreground accordingly.

        If state Is ThemedHeaderDrawing.HeaderState.Normal Then
            Dim br As New LinearGradientBrush(rect, Color.FromArgb(255, 128, 255), Color.FromArgb(255, 0, 128), LinearGradientMode.Vertical)
            g.FillRectangle(br, rect)
            g.FillRectangle(br, New Rectangle(rect.X + 1, rect.Y + 1, rect.Width - 2, rect.Height - 2))
            br.Dispose()
        Else
            Dim br As New LinearGradientBrush(rect, Color.FromArgb(0, 128, 0), Color.FromArgb(128, 255, 128), LinearGradientMode.Vertical)
            g.FillRectangle(br, rect)
            g.FillRectangle(br, New Rectangle(rect.X + 1, rect.Y + 1, rect.Width - 2, rect.Height - 2))
            br.Dispose()
        End If
    End Sub
 
 ' IVisualStylesDrawing Members …
End Class

For applying the customized theme settings to grid, GridVisualStyles.Custom option should be set to GridVisualStyles property. After that, the CustomTheme class can be assigned to GridVisualStyleDrawing property.

//Adding custom visual styles to the GridControl
this.gridControl1.GridVisualStyles = GridVisualStyles.Custom;
this.gridControl1.Model.Options.GridVisualStylesDrawing = new CustomThemes(GridVisualStyles.Custom);
'Adding custom visual styles to the GridControl
Me.gridControl1.GridVisualStyles = GridVisualStyles.Custom
Me.gridControl1.Model.Options.GridVisualStylesDrawing = New CustomThemes(GridVisualStyles.Custom)

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The following KB demonstrates the same with the sample,

https://www.syncfusion.com/kb/760/how-can-i-create-the-custom-themes-and-apply-to-the-gridcontrol

NOTE

Each theme can be customized by deriving their GridVisualStylesDrawing class.
Ex:GridVisualStylesOffice2007Black