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TwoLaJit
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TwoLaJit asked on 21 May 2009, 02:24 PM
Is it just me or does this button look weird? 

Don't get me wrong, I think everything looks really great and that is one of the reasons why I am making an effort to switch everything over to radcontrols...

See attached to see what I mean. It looks out of place with everything else. 

Click here to see what I mean. (the yellow Envelope mail icon)

It isnt only in the vista theme. it is in all themes. it just stands out. drives me nuts. 

it is not seamless transition from the buttons to dropdown buttons like they are in other vista themes, I am trying to learn how to use the visual style editior to fix this

Keywords: Drop Down DropDown DropDownButton


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answered on 23 May 2009, 11:30 PM
Ok, I followed the instructions here and made some extensive adjustments


http://www.telerik.com/help/winforms/images/tool_Appearance001.png

How can i reuse those changes without having to go into each drop down button element and changing them manually. there is quite a few. 

is there another way to do this without using the theme manager and xml file?

Thank you!
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answered on 23 May 2009, 11:54 PM
Fixed it. Before and after pictures here...


I must say it looks pretty hot now. (in reference to the email icon drop down button)

now I just need to know how I can create more dropdownbuttons with those UI Elements without having to do it manually each time for new dropdownbutton elements i create.

Thank you! 
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answered on 25 May 2009, 02:22 PM
Hello TwoLaJit,

Thank you for contacting us.

If you edit a RadSplitButtontElement or another element by the Element Hierarchy Editor, you should know that these settings are applied to one instance only. If you want to apply the same settings on another instance, you should again open the Element Hierarchy Editor and set the properties manually.

For the case, where you want to have one and the same style for numerous instances, you should use themes. As you can notice in our Help Documentation, themes can be created with the help of Visual Style Builder. When you have a theme loaded into your project, you should just set the ThemeName of the control instances or ApplicationThemeName for the whole application. Please note that RadElements do not have a ThemeName property - they get their style according to the theme and style set to the owner control.

So, in your case you should use themes if you want to have one and the same style applied to all RadDropDownButtonElement instances that have RadToolStrip.ThemeName property equal to Vista.
I am attaching a sample project where this approach is demonstrated. You need to have themes for RadSplitButton and/or RadDropDownButton (depending on which button you are using) with ThemeName Vista.

We will address the issue regarding RadSplitButtonElement and RadDropDownButtonElement Vista themes in one of our next releases. I am updating your Telerik points for the feedback.

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answered on 25 May 2009, 02:50 PM
Wow. that looks beautiful you should on next update make that the default for vista dropdownelement for the toolbar. 

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answered on 27 May 2009, 01:53 PM
Hello TwoLaJit,

Thank you for the feedback. As I mentioned, we will address this issue and we will make the behavior demonstrated in my project the default one. This will happen in Q2 2009.

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