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Posted 13 Jun 2008

Two Help Classes for WPF Regarding Design

, 13 Jun 2008
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Check if the code is runing from the Designer and set values only to be seen in the Designer.


This article shows a combination of two helper classes I wrote for WPF.


For various reasons, I needed to set values to an element only to be shown in the Designer. This is done by the first class. The second class is used by the first to check whether code is running under the Designer.

Set a value to a control only in Design mode

Can you set a value to the DependencyProperty of a DependencyObject in Design mode? Using a custom MarkupExtension, you can. Here is the implementation:

public class DesignTimeDummy : MarkupExtension
    public DesignTimeDummy()

    public object Value { get; set; }

    public override object ProvideValue(IServiceProvider serviceProvider)
        if (Helpers.Designer.InDesignMode)
            return Value;

        return DependencyProperty.UnsetValue;

Here are two examples for the XAML code:

<Button Style="{DynamicResource styleName}" 

   Content="{CoreME:DesignTimeDummy Value=DesignContentValue}"/>


<Button Style="{DynamicResource styleName}" >
Dummy </CoreME:DesignTimeDummy>

where CoreME is an xmlns defined namespace shortcut.

Check to see if it is in Design mode

The above code uses this class:

public static class Designer
    private static DependencyObject dummy = new DependencyObject();
    public static bool InDesignMode
        get { return DesignerProperties.GetIsInDesignMode(dummy); }

Hope you find them useful.

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In 2002 I began working for an R&D institute where I was introduced to C# which I worships ever since.

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