RadDataBoundListBoxItem exposes a Style property which allows you to apply a style to it and modify its appearance.
You have two options:
- To create an empty style and set it up on your own.
- To copy the default style of the control and modify it.
This topic will show you how to perform the second one.
Modifying the Default Style
To copy the default styles, load your project in Expression Blend and open the User Control that holds RadDataBoundListBoxItem. In the 'Objects and Timeline'
pane, select the RadDataBoundListBoxItem control you want to style. From the menu choose Object -> Edit Style -> Edit a Copy. You will be prompted for
the name of the style and where to be placed.
If you choose to define the style in Application, it would be available for the entire application. This allows you to
define a style only once and then reuse it where needed.
After clicking 'OK', Expression Blend will generate the default style of the RadDataBoundListBoxItem control in the Resources section of your
User Control. The properties available for the style will be loaded in the 'Properties' pane and you will be able to modify their default values. You can also edit the generated
XAML in the XAML View or in Visual Studio.
Some of the modifications will require to be made in the template of the control. It gets generated together with the style. To open the template into edit mode just go back to
the main scene, right click on RadDataBoundListBoxItem and choose Edit Template -> Edit Current.
If you haven't generated the default style yet, you can choose Edit Template -> Edit a Copy. It will generate both the
style and the template.
This section will explain you how to style the most important features of RadDataBoundListBoxItem.
- Normal Background - changing the background in the normal state is done by setting the Background property of the LayoutRoot border inside the template of
- Selected Background - changing the background color when the item is selected, is done by setting the desired value in the animation for the Selected
visual state inside the template of RadDataBoundListBoxItem.
- Border Color - changing the color of the border is done by setting the BorderBrush property of RadDataBoundListBoxItem to the desired
- Border Thickness - changing the thickness of the border is done by setting the BorderThickness property of RadDataBoundListBoxItem to the
- Foreground - changing the foreground is done by setting the Foreground property of RadDataBoundListBoxItem to the desired value.