Getting Started with WinUI Color Palette

15 Apr 2021 / 13 minutes to read

This section explains the steps required to add the WinUI ColorPalette control and its various color options. This section covers only basic features needed to get started with Syncfusion ColorPalette control.

Control Structure

ColorPalette control structure

  • The Selected Color represents the color that you select.
  • The Automatic Color represents the Color, which can be set by you as default color.
  • The ToolTip with Color Details represents the ToolTip, when the mouse hovers on the Color.
  • The Standard Colors stores the standard colors like Red, Green, Blue and so on.
  • The Recently User Colors stores the Colors that are recently selected.
  • The No Color represents the Transparent color that applied as the selected color.
  • The More Colors Option provides wide range of color in addition to colors in the palette.
  • The Theme Variant Colors represents the Theme colors with variants.

More Color Dialog

ColorPalette more color dialog structure

Creating an application with WinUI ColorPalette

  1. Create a WinUI 3 desktop app for C# and .NET 5 or WinUI 3 app in UWP for C#.
  2. Add reference to Syncfusion.Editors.WinUI NuGet.
  3. Import the control namespace Syncfusion.UI.Xaml.Editors in XAML or C# code.
  4. Initialize the SfColorPalette control.
    Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">
    <Grid Name="grid">
        <!--Adding ColorPalette control -->
        <editors:SfColorPalette Name="colorPalette"/>
using Syncfusion.UI.Xaml.Editors;

namespace GettingStarted
    /// <summary>
    /// An empty page that can be used on its own or navigated to within a Frame.
    /// </summary>
    public sealed partial class MainPage : Page
        public MainPage()
            // Creating an instance of the ColorPalette control
            SfColorPalette colorPalette = new SfColorPalette();

ColorPalette control added by xaml and code


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Accessing a Color programmatically

You can set or change the selected color of the ColorPalette programmatically by setting the value to SelectedBrush property. You can also get the selected color by using the SelectedBrush property. The default value of SelectedBrush property is Transparent(#00FFFFFF).

<Button Background="{Binding ElementName=colorPalette, Path=SelectedBrush}"></Button>

<editors:SfColorPalette SelectedBrush="Yellow"
                        Name="colorPalette" />
colorPalette.SelectedBrush = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Yellow);

ColorPalette programmatically picked the yellow color

Here, Yellow color is selected color in the ColorPalette.


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Select color from color palette

You can select a different colors from Theme Color and Standard Color panels. You can show or hide the variant colors of the base Theme Colors and Standard Colors by using the PaletteColors.ShowColorShades and StandardColors.ShowColorShades properties value as true or false.

<editors:SfColorPalette Name="colorPalette">
        <editors:ColorPaletteModel ShowColorShades="True"/>
        <editors:StandardPaletteModel ShowColorShades="True"/>
colorPalette.PaletteColors.ShowColorShades = true;
colorPalette.StandardColors.ShowColorShades = true;

ColorPalette control with theme and standard color items


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Select a color from built-in theme colors

You can select a various theme colors by setting the value to the ActivePalette property. Based on the ActivePalette value, the respective base theme color items are displayed with its variants. The default value of ActivePalette property is Office.

Displaying all theme palettes

<editors:SfColorPalette ActivePalette="Yellow"
                        Name="colorPalette" />
colorPalette.ActivePalette = ColorPaletteNames.Yellow;

SfColorPalette with yellow theme colors


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Add your own colors in the Theme and Standard color palette

If you want to add own custom colors in base Theme Colors and Standard Colors palette, add the colors into the PaletteColors.Colors and StandardColors.Colors collections. The variant colors will be automatically created for the own Theme and Standard Colors.

<editors:SfColorPalette Name="colorPalette">
        <editors:ColorPaletteModel ShowColors="True" 
                                   Header="Custom Theme Colors" >
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#FF11EBF8" Tooltip="Custom Aqua" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#FFF80FA6" Tooltip="Custom Deep Pink" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#FF8BA7C2" Tooltip="Custom Dark Gray" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#F53CDF07" Tooltip="Custom Lime Green" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#C2929545" Tooltip="Custom Olive Drab" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#2E956145" Tooltip="Custom Sienna" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#78458E95" Tooltip="Custom Steel Blue" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#8B8220E4" Tooltip="Custom Blue Violet" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#FF352722" Tooltip="Custom Dark Slate Gray" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color="#FF318B86" Tooltip="Custom Sea Green" />

        <editors:StandardPaletteModel ShowColors="True" 
                                      Header="Custom Standard Colors" >
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Blue" Tooltip = "Custom Blue" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Orchid" Tooltip = "Custom Orchid" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Gray" Tooltip = "Custom Gray" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Gold" Tooltip = "Custom Gold" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "SandyBrown" Tooltip = "Custom SandyBrown" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Pink" Tooltip = "Custom Pink" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Violet" Tooltip = "Custom Violet" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Yellow" Tooltip = "Custom Yellow" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Orange" Tooltip = "Custom Orange" />
                    <editors:ColorModel Color = "Red" Tooltip = "Custom Red" />
colorPalette.PaletteColors.Header = "Custom Theme Colors";
colorPalette.PaletteColors.ShowColors = true;
colorPalette.PaletteColors.ShowColorShades = true;

colorPalette.StandardColors.Header = "Custom Standard Colors";
colorPalette.StandardColors.ShowColors = true;
colorPalette.StandardColors.ShowColorShades = true;

ColorPalette with own color items


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Choosing a color from MoreColor dialog

If you want to choose a color that is not available in palette, click the more color button and select the color from color spectrum and click the Ok button.

<editors:SfColorPalette ShowMoreColorsButton="true"
colorPalette.ShowMoreColorsButton = true;

ColorPalette with more color dialog


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Recently used colors

If you want to choose a color brush which are recently selected from the More Colors dialog, use the Recent Colors panel. You can get the recently used color list from the RecentColors collection.


Colors selected from theme and standard colors will not be added in recent colors.

<editors:SfColorPalette Name="colorPalette"/>
//Getting the recently used color list
var recentColors = colorPalette.RecentColors;

ColorPalette with recently used color items

Select transparent color

If you want to select the Transparent color, click the No Color button. You can display the
No color button only by setting the ShowNoColorButton property value as true. The default value of ShowNoColorButton property is false.

<editors:SfColorPalette ShowNoColorButton="True"
colorPalette.ShowNoColorButton = true;

ColorPalette selecting a transparent color


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Selected color changed notification

You will be notified when selected color changed in ColorPalette by using SelectedBrushChanged event. The SelectedBrushChanged event contains the old and newly selected color values in the OldBrush and NewBrush properties.

<editors:SfColorPalette SelectedBrushChanged="ColorPalette_SelectedBrushChanged"
                        Name="colorPalette" />
colorPalette.SelectedBrushChanged += ColorPalette_SelectedBrushChanged;

You can handle the event as follows,

//Invoked when the selected color is changed
private void ColorPalette_SelectedBrushChanged(object sender, SelectedBrushChangedEventArgs e) {
    var oldBrush= e.OldBrush;
    var newBrush= e.NewBrush;