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Brush up your WinForms desktop application with a modern and personalized look and feel, thanks to the MacOS-inspired Crystal Dark theme available in Telerik UI for WinForms.

A lot of people these days are staring at screens for extended periods of time. Having a bright and glaring background on something you use constantly leads to eye fatigue. Therefore, more and more people use the eye-friendly alternative to the traditional bright user interfaces sported by most applications – dark mode. Instead of displaying the hegemonic light background with dark text, the typical dark mode features a dark background with white or light-colored text, which makes reading easier to read at midnight without feeling like you’re staring into the sun.

If you are a fan of dark themes, you may use Visual Studio, Chrome and even Windows 10 in dark mode. If you're on the lookout to provide the same experience to the users of your desktop application, we are pleased to introduce the new Mac-inspired dark theme in Telerik UI for WinForms - CrystalDark (a dark alternative of our Crystal theme).

theme viewer crystal dark


Creating a Custom Theme for Your Application

Just as you can blend and customize our Material and Fluent themes, the Crystal themes are also designed to work with a predefined set of colors. Thus, using Visual Style Builder you can generate different color variations of the Crystal and CrystalDark themes. A completely new theme can be created in a couple of minutes. Just open the VisualStyleBuilder and select Tools -> Generate Crystal (Dark) Theme. In the Crystal Blend Dialog, you can select one of the predefined accent colors palette, modify it or create a new one.

crystal themes blending

When you are ready with modifications of the accent palette you are ready to generate the new theme.

Result for the Regular (Light) Crystal Theme

crystal light variations

The Crystal Dark Variation

crystal dark variations


Try It Out and Share Your Feedback

You can learn more about the Telerik UI for WinForms suite via the product page. It comes with a 30-day free trial, giving you some time to explore the toolkit and consider how it can help you with your current or upcoming WinForms development.

We would love to hear what you think, so should you have any questions and/or comments, please share them to our Feedback Portal or in the comment section below.

About the Author

Todor Vyagov

Todor Vyagov is a Software Developer on the WinForms team at Progress.

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