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, 20 Aug 2008 CPOL
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Learn how to create good looking apps without using a line of code!


I have been in the WPF world for 3 months, and let me tell you that it's AMAZING! Today, I'll show you how to create the Aero Style for your WPF apps.

You'll need Microsoft Expression Blend.

Let's Start

To the window that you'd like to apply this Aero Style, set these properties:

  • AllowTransparency = Checked
  • BorderThickness = 1 to all
  • WindowsStyle = None

Now, let's set the Gradients to give it that glossy white transparent effect:


Add 6 colors to your Gradient, set the first one, going from left to right, to:


You'll get something like this:


Then add the DropShadow BitmapEffect:


And set the properties just like in the image.

And that's it! See how easy it is to give a cool look to your apps in WPF. Here's all that we have done in XAML:

    Width="346.5" Height="270" WindowStyle="None" 
	AllowsTransparency="True" BorderBrush="#FFFFFFFF" 
	BorderThickness="1,1,1,1" MouseLeftButtonDown="move">
        <DropShadowBitmapEffect Color="#FF000000"/>
        <LinearGradientBrush EndPoint="0.984,0.983" StartPoint="0.025,0.024">
            <GradientStop Color="#4CA2A2A2" Offset="0"/>
            <GradientStop Color="#4CA2A2A2" Offset="1"/>
            <GradientStop Color="#60B4B4B4" Offset="0.247"/>
            <GradientStop Color="#60FFFFFF" Offset="0.837"/>
            <GradientStop Color="#60FFFFFF" Offset="0.423"/>
            <GradientStop Color="#60E7E7E7" Offset="0.709"/>

    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot"/>


Hi, please keep in mind that I'm only 14 years old. If you find an error or something, please let me know. Thanks!


  • 20th August, 2008: Initial post


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About the Author

Software Developer (Senior) Prox-Young Developer
Honduras Honduras
I started to code at the age of 12, with visual basic i made an advanced webbrowser called "BlueFlame", which won a computer fair in 2007, Then i moved to c#, but kept on with visual basic, started the "Prox" project at the age of 13 , meant to be an open source project, the project consists in :
Making good software, Good looking software.

Comments and Discussions

GeneralThank you for sharing the code. PinmemberKinjalMansi12-Jan-10 20:19 
GeneralYou need more ... PinmemberIndioX865-Nov-08 1:04 
GeneralYes PinmemberProx-YD27-Oct-08 15:35 
GeneralWell but it is not enough Pinmemberadminfort27-Oct-08 14:57 
GeneralNice effect Pinmemberkwilson96227-Sep-08 18:06 
GeneralGraphics / Desing Pinmemberpac_74124-Aug-08 10:57 
QuestionDont get too excited ? Pinmemberpac_74120-Aug-08 11:54 
AnswerRe: Dont get too excited ? PinmemberBill960325-Mar-10 11:45 
GeneralDon't get too excited :) PinmemberVitaly Tomilov20-Aug-08 10:55 

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