Uncommon Dialogs: Font Chooser & Color Picker Dialogs

You may have noticed that WPF does not contain some of the standard common dialogs you’ve come to expect in Win32 API sets. For example, the Win32 Common Dialog Box Library contains a standard user-interface model for dialogs, such as Open, Print, Color, and Font. However, the WPF team has created several dialogs as samples…

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Free e-Learning Content on WPF

The Microsoft e-Learning team just launched a set e-Learning clinics covering core components of the .NET 3.0 framework, including WPF. The e-Learning clinics are free until Vista consumer launch. For more information on accessing the free e-Learning content, see Free .NET 3.0 e-Learning. The WPF SDK team contributed 5 of the videos, which are primarily…

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Control.Background does what?

I came to the WPF scene after spending some time as a Programmer/Writer for the Windows Forms team.  When I first started using WPF, one of the first things I tried to do was create a custom control by inheriting from System.Windows.Controls.Control.  I didn’t get very far because I didn’t understand the role of the…

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WPF Basic Data Binding FAQ

Through talking to people and monitoring both internal and external forums, I have compiled a list of questions people often have when first learning about WPF data binding. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and let me know!   What is target and what is source? In WPF, you typically use data…

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Using XamlPad to Test Content

XamlPad is a Windows SDK tool that gives you a simple way to experiment with creating XAML content–the XAML can be instantly displayed as WPF content. For example, I use XamlPad to test WPF features, such as OpenType fonts. By changing differing property values of the Typography class, I can see the immediate results of using…

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