Using user-selected colors and fonts

Sometimes it's useful to use one of the selected colors or fonts the user has chosen in the Windows Control Panel Personalization applet (or the older Display Settings in Windows XP), such as Window caption, Desktop color, and Selection color. Furthermore, an application may want to react dynamically to changes in those values. This can be achieved by accessing special resource keys within the SystemColors and SystemFonts classes.

Getting ready

Make sure Visual Studio is up and running. Go to the Control Panel Personalization applet and change the theme to Classic. This will make it easy to see the dynamic changes when colors of fonts change.

How to do it...

We'll create an application that uses some user-selected ...

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