Application #43. XP Theme Support

Windows XP introduced the concept of themes to the Windows user-interface experience. A theme is a set of icons, fonts, colors, and other elements that give a user’s desktop a distinctive and unified appearance. Not only does this include a new look for the Start button and taskbar, it also changes the look of many standard Windows controls, such as the Button, ComboBox, Radio, and TextBox controls. As a Visual Basic .NET programmer, you might want to take advantage of Windows XP themes in your programs. This sample application will show you how to enable support for Windows XP themes by using Visual Basic .NET. Figure 4-25 shows how applications look without Windows XP themes enabled. Figure 4-26 shows how ...

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