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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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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
Bartosz Wojcik10-May-10 10:21
memberBartosz Wojcik10-May-10 10:21 
GeneralRe: My vote of 1 Pin
Member 37704910-May-10 18:34
memberMember 37704910-May-10 18:34 
GeneralA simplest way to change all the controls in XP if you don't like the old scrollbars, tabcontrols, and so on. Pin
jc000112-Sep-09 13:06
memberjc000112-Sep-09 13:06 
GeneralRe: A simplest way to change all the controls in XP if you don't like the old scrollbars, tabcontrols, and so on. Pin
snarfblam24-Sep-09 15:58
membersnarfblam24-Sep-09 15:58 
GeneralThanks Pin
cyper_12-Aug-09 1:52
membercyper_12-Aug-09 1:52 
GeneralTheme not working in Dll Pin
Member 464702929-Jun-08 2:07
memberMember 464702929-Jun-08 2:07 
GeneralRe: Theme not working in Dll [modified] Pin
Snakefoot24-Sep-09 9:30
memberSnakefoot24-Sep-09 9:30 
QuestionEmbed XP theme in an application without manifest [modified] Pin
basawaraj15-May-08 20:39
memberbasawaraj15-May-08 20:39 
Dear All,

I want know about, Is it possible to enable(embed) xp themes to application without manifest file?

I used previously in precompiled header stdafx.h

#pragma comment(linker,"/manifestdependency:\"type='win32' name='Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls' version='' processorArchitecture='*' publicKeyToken='6595b64144ccf1df' language='*'\"")

It works fine in VS2005 and later verisons, I need a solution that must run on all VS versions(including VS2003, VS2004).

Thank you,

modified on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 1:46 AM

GeneralVS2005 Pin
josip cagalj12-Dec-07 3:30
memberjosip cagalj12-Dec-07 3:30 
GeneralRe: VS2005 Pin
basawaraj15-May-08 20:43
memberbasawaraj15-May-08 20:43 

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