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How do I get the themed TabPageExt BackColor

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3288 Mar 11,2003 02:52 PM Aug 26,2003 09:14 AM Windows Forms 10
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Administrator [Syncfusion]
Asked On March 11, 2003 02:52 PM

Hi, I have a TabControlExt with Themes Enabled. I added couple of Tab Pages to it. To one of the pages I added a GroupBox and couple of Labels. TabPage is coming up white. But the GroupBoxes and labels are coming up Grey (Color.Control). When themes are enabled, TabPageExt is ignoring the BackColor (which is fine) and is drawing white (themed drawing) bg color. I want to set my GroupBoxes and labels back color also white. How do I get this themed BackColor? thanks, - Reddy

Ramesh Praveen [Syncfusion]
Replied On March 13, 2003 12:57 PM

Reddy, When themed drawing is enabled in the tabpages, I suppose you want your group box to be drawn transparent? Then try setting the group boxes backcolor to transparent. There are some issues with certain controls not getting drawn transparently when on a tab page, which we are currently working on. Regards, Praveen Ramesh

Administrator [Syncfusion]
Replied On May 23, 2003 04:55 AM

Hi Praveen, will this be fixed in version 1.6? Sincerely, Kenneth

Ramesh Praveen [Syncfusion]
Replied On May 28, 2003 11:33 AM

Yes, the tabcontrol in 1.6 will support transparent backgrounds in it's child controls when the tab is themed. -Praveen

Administrator [Syncfusion]
Replied On July 1, 2003 05:41 AM

I just downloaded version 1.6 and when I add a UserControl-object a get a runtime-error, if I set this object's BackColor to Color.Transparent... I guess this is only an issue with a UserControl-object - is there another class I can use instead? I was thinking a Panel, but the I loose design-time GUI...

Ramesh Praveen [Syncfusion]
Replied On July 1, 2003 11:23 AM

Kenneth, In your user control do this: this.SetStyle(ControlStyle.SupportsTransparentBackColor, true); then the control should accept transparent BC. Regards, Praveen

Administrator [Syncfusion]
Replied On July 2, 2003 12:29 AM

Sorry, but that doesn't seem to work for me... I can't see any difference whether or not I include... this.SetStyle(ControlStyles.SupportsTransparentBackColor, true); ...on the UserControl's InitializeComponent-method.

Ramesh Praveen [Syncfusion]
Replied On July 7, 2003 02:57 PM

Kenneth, And then you should set the UserControl's BackColor to Transparent. If this still doesn't work, I am surprised as I do see this work here. Please do double check. Regards, Praveen

Administrator [Syncfusion]
Replied On July 15, 2003 02:48 AM

Thanks!! I forgot: this.BackColor = Color.Transparent; after: this.SetStyle(ControlStyles.SupportsTransparentBackColor, true); My mistake, sorry!

Administrator [Syncfusion]
Replied On August 18, 2003 02:01 PM

Hi, I am still trying to fix this in my code on Windows XP Professional/.NET 1.1. Please run the attached sample. Click between the three tabs and see the problem. First tab has label and checkbox bg color set to transparent. Checkbox1 has white bg for some reason. Second tab has tab page bg color set to transparent. The groupbox does not render properly. Third tab has a panel and a groupbox inside the panel. The panel bg color is set to transparent. GroupBox does not render properly. I want the tabs to have a system look and feel with the contents of the tab without the blue color (frame bg color). Please let me know where and what to fix. thanks, - Reddy

Arun Srinivasan [Syncfusion]
Replied On August 26, 2003 09:14 AM

Hi Reddy, Yes this is a well known problem. Unfortunately, this is a limitation in many of the .net controls, as they can be transparent only in certain modes. This is a problem with the themes support in windows which discussed here: http://www.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&threadm=uWYxJGaFDHA.2392%40TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl&rnum=1&prev=/groups%3Fq%3Dflatstyle%2Bpraveen%2Bgroup:*dotnet*%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26as_qdr%3Dd%26selm%3DuWYxJGaFDHA.2392%2540TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl%26rnum%3D1 So in tabbed pages your child controls should be set to not use the themed background , instead they should be set to be drawn transparent as themed and transparent is not supported as discussed above. Thanks Arun

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