Custom UI colour scheme for Windows Forms .NET

The easyest way to customise you display of your ToolStrip, MainMenu and StatusBar is to use a custom ColorTable.

Just inherit from the ProfessionalColorRenderer and override what you want, with the colors you want:

   1:  Public Class MortgagesPlcColorTable
   2:          Inherits ProfessionalColorTable
   3:   
   4:          Public Overrides ReadOnly Property ButtonCheckedHighlightBorder() As System.Drawing.Color
   5:              Get
   6:                  Return MyBase.ButtonCheckedHighlightBorder
   7:              End Get
   8:          End Property
   9:   
  10:          Public Overrides ReadOnly Property MenuItemPressedGradientMiddle() As System.Drawing.Color
  11:              Get
  12:                  Return Color.FromArgb(91, 91, 91)
  13:              End Get
  14:          End Property
  15:   
  16:          Public Overrides ReadOnly Property ToolStripContentPanelGradientBegin() As System.Drawing.Color
  17:              Get
  18:                  Return Color.FromArgb(80, 80, 80)
  19:              End Get
  20:          End Property
  21:   
  22:          Public Overrides ReadOnly Property ToolStripContentPanelGradientEnd() As System.Drawing.Color
  23:              Get
  24:                  Return Color.WhiteSmoke
  25:              End Get
  26:          End Property
  27:   
  28:          Public Overrides ReadOnly Property ToolStripDropDownBackground() As System.Drawing.Color
  29:              Get
  30:                  Return Color.FromArgb(91, 91, 91)
  31:              End Get
  32:          End Property
  33:   
  34:          Public Overrides ReadOnly Property ToolStripGradientBegin() As System.Drawing.Color
  35:              Get
  36:                  Return Color.FromArgb(80, 80, 80)
  37:              End Get
  38:          End Property
  39:   
  40:      End Class

Once you have done this, all you need now is to add it to your contols:

   1:          System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripManager.Renderer = New ToolStripProfessionalRenderer(New MortgagesPlc.Windows.Forms.MortgagesPlcColorTable)

All done! If you have problems you can inherit from the ToolStrip control and change the renderer in the constructor…

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