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Add Windows XP Theme Style to your current projects

, 6 Sep 2001
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Add Windows XP Theme Style to your current projects

Sample Image - xptheme.jpg

The following steps introduces XP Theme Style to your project:

  1. Insert Resource, choose "Custom", input "24" (without quotes) as resource type
  2. Copy and paste the following XML sheets into the editor.
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> 
     <description>Test Application</description>

    You can replace test.exe and Test Application with any string you like. This will not affect the behaviour of the application.

  3. Change resource ID to 1.
  4. Add calls to InitCommonControls() in your WinMain(). Don't forget to include commctrl.h and link comctl32.lib. Rebuild your project, all done Smile | :)

This special resource type is only recognized by Windows XP. In any other version of Windows (Windows 9x/NT/2000), the program simply runs as before.

You can also create a manifest file with the same name of the EXE file, plus an extension .manifest, which contains the same lines as the ones above. For our test.exe, the manifest file is test.exe.manifest.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberBartosz Wojcik10-May-10 11:21 
GeneralRe: My vote of 1 PinmemberMember 37704910-May-10 19:34 
GeneralA simplest way to change all the controls in XP if you don't like the old scrollbars, tabcontrols, and so on. Pinmemberjc000112-Sep-09 14:06 
GeneralRe: A simplest way to change all the controls in XP if you don't like the old scrollbars, tabcontrols, and so on. Pinmembersnarfblam24-Sep-09 16:58 
GeneralThanks Pinmembercyper_12-Aug-09 2:52 
GeneralTheme not working in Dll PinmemberMember 464702929-Jun-08 3:07 
Hi all,
I have an IE toolbar in VC2003. I did all the thigs you described but the theme is not working Frown | :( . Please help
GeneralRe: Theme not working in Dll [modified] PinmemberSnakefoot24-Sep-09 10:30 
QuestionEmbed XP theme in an application without manifest [modified] Pinmemberbasawaraj15-May-08 21:39 
GeneralVS2005 Pinmemberjosip cagalj12-Dec-07 4:30 
GeneralRe: VS2005 Pinmemberbasawaraj15-May-08 21:43 
GeneralRe: VS2005 PinmemberMaou3-Jan-09 11:53 
QuestionWhat about controls in a DLL? PinmemberRolling Justin9-Sep-07 3:27 
AnswerRe: What about controls in a DLL? Pinmembermy_love_d3-Jul-10 2:34 
GeneralIE Toolbar Pinmemberansif_pi16-Jul-07 23:55 
GeneralRe: IE Toolbar PinmemberRafael.Franco17-Jul-07 3:08 
GeneralRe: IE Toolbar Pinmembercanido2-Oct-07 5:29 
GeneralProblem with Button when using XP Style PinmemberTobetheWinner20-Jun-07 3:04 
GeneralRe: Problem with Button when using XP Style Pinmemberaawajaarughat25-Feb-14 23:27 
Generalno focus rectangle in buttons Pinmemberconxita15-Apr-07 9:06 
GeneralCan't change text color of check box PinmemberPei25-Mar-07 23:06 
GeneralTips for VS 2005 PinmemberWarren Stevens21-Mar-07 7:47 
QuestionXp style problem in Visual Studio 2005 PinmemberVinod Moorkkan17-Feb-07 1:18 
AnswerRe: Xp style problem in Visual Studio 2005 PinmemberKarstenK19-Feb-07 4:23 
Generaleasier in VS2005 Pinmemberc_srishti23-Dec-06 18:23 
GeneralRe: easier in VS2005 PinmemberMember 423139121-Apr-09 0:18 

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