Customizing the Progress Bar With Styles

The Progress Bar control can be skinned using the standard Silverlight 2 method of using Styles, the default styles can easily be modified to suite the style of your site.

Example of how to Apply Styles to the Progress Bar

These styles are placed in your XAML and referred to using the Style property:

    <Style TargetType="local:ProgressBarPlus">
        <Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="Arial" />
        <Setter Property="FontSize" Value="14" />
        <Setter Property="Background">
                <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0.5,0" EndPoint="0.5,1">
                    <GradientStop Color="#cccccc" Offset="0.0" />
                    <GradientStop Color="#ffffff" Offset="1.0" />
        <Setter Property="BorderBrush" Value="#aaaaaa" />
        <Setter Property="BorderThickness" Value="0.5" />
        <Setter Property="FillBrush" Value="#3ad03a" />
        <Setter Property="FillStroke" Value="#aaaaaa" />
        <Setter Property="FillStrokeThickness" Value="0.5" />
        <Setter Property="OverlayBrush">
                <LinearGradientBrush StartPoint="0.5,0" EndPoint="0.5,1">
                    <GradientStop Color="#99ffffff" Offset="0.0" />
                    <GradientStop Color="#77ffffff" Offset="0.5" />
                    <GradientStop Color="#22ffffff" Offset="0.5" />
                    <GradientStop Color="#00ffffff" Offset="1.0" />
        <Setter Property="CornerRadius" Value="8" />
        <Setter Property="Template">
                <ControlTemplate TargetType="local:ProgressBarPlus">
                    <Grid x:Name="RootElement" Background="#00ffffff">
                            <EventTrigger RoutedEvent="Grid.Loaded">
                                    <Storyboard x:Name="ElementFader" BeginTime="0">
                                        <DoubleAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="ElementOverlay" Storyboard.TargetProperty="Opacity" From="0.8" To="1.0" Duration="0:0:1" AutoReverse="True" RepeatBehavior="Forever"/>

                        <Rectangle x:Name="ElementBackground" StrokeThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}" Stroke="{TemplateBinding BorderBrush}" RadiusX="{TemplateBinding CornerRadius}" RadiusY="{TemplateBinding CornerRadius}" Fill="{TemplateBinding Background}" />
                        <Rectangle x:Name="ElementFilling" HorizontalAlignment="Left" StrokeThickness="{TemplateBinding FillStrokeThickness}" Stroke="{TemplateBinding FillStroke}" RadiusX="{TemplateBinding CornerRadius}" RadiusY="{TemplateBinding CornerRadius}" Margin="2" Fill="{TemplateBinding FillBrush}" />
                        <TextBlock TextAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center" Text="{TemplateBinding Text}" FontFamily="{TemplateBinding FontFamily}"
                                   FontSize="{TemplateBinding FontSize}" FontWeight="{TemplateBinding FontWeight}"
                                   FontStyle="{TemplateBinding FontStyle}" Foreground="{TemplateBinding Foreground}"/>
                        <Rectangle x:Name="ElementOverlay" HorizontalAlignment="Left" RadiusX="{TemplateBinding CornerRadius}" RadiusY="{TemplateBinding CornerRadius}" Fill="{TemplateBinding OverlayBrush}" Margin="2" />

As you can see, styling is a powerful method of customizing the controls to suite the look and feel of your Silverlight application.

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