30.6. Generating Styles with Expression Blend

To wrap up our examination of WPF styles, let's take a quick tour of how Blend can help automate the process of style construction. Again, however, I'll hold off discussing the animation editor (and related topics, such as triggers and control templates) until the next chapter. Here I want to point out the default "Simple Styles" of the Assets Library.

30.6.1. Working with Default Visual Styles

Blend ships with a number of default styles for common controls, referred to as the Simple Styles. If you open the Assets Library, you can locate the Styles in the tree view on the left-hand side (Figure 30-20).

Figure 30.20. Blend's default styles

When you select one of these simple styles, a few things ...

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