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Themes in Asp.Net 2.0

Posted By:Deepika Haridas       Posted Date: February 01, 2010    Points: 25    Category: ASP.NET    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

A theme is a collection of settings that define the look of controls and web pages (Asp.Net). Themes are applied across all the pages in a Web application to maintain a consistent appearance.


A theme is a collection of settings that define the look of controls and web pages. Themes are applied across all the pages in a Web application to maintain a consistent appearance.

A theme is a file with .skin extension that contains property settings for individual controls such as a Button, textbox or a Label control. You can either define skins for each control in different skin files or you can define skins for all the controls in a single file.

Themes are of two types -

  1. Page  - A theme which can be applied to only a single page of the website is called a Page theme.

A Page theme contains the control skins, style sheets, graphic files, and other resources inside the subfolders of App_Themes folder. For different themes separate subfolders are created in the App_Themes folder.

  1. Global - A global theme is a theme that is applied to all the webpages of any website. It includes property  settings, style sheet settings, and graphics. This theme allows you to maintain all the websites on the same web server and to define the same style for all the pages of all websites.

Global themes are placed in the Themes folder and can be accessed by an website.

Steps to create themes :

  1. Right click on Web application's name in solution explorer and first select Add ASP.Net Folder option -> Themes
  2. This will add folder named App_Themes with one subfolder named Theme1 inside it.
  3. Right click Theme1 folder --> Add New Item --> Skin File (I have named it as Theme.skin). Add following code in it.   

    1. Now create a Default.aspx page to test out. (Below is the sample screen)
    1. Add reference to Theme1.skin file in the Default.aspx page where you want to   apply Theme
    <%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true"CodeFile="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="_Default" Theme="Theme1" %>

    The style properties of the skin file will not be visible at design time but only run time. Press F5 and see the output.

    Applying Themes on Controls at Run Time :

    You can apply theme at control level by setting its EnableTheming property to True and set the reference Theme file in Page directive. You can also create multiple themes and give a choice to the user to apply any theme at runtime.

    Steps :

    1. Add two Theme folders in the App_Themes folder (like Theme1 and Theme2)
    2. Now add sking file to each Theme folder (like Simple.skin and Inverse.skin)





    1. Create a Default.aspx page as shown

     The links are created using the below code

     Simple | Inverse
    1. Add this in Default.aspx.cs   

    protected void Page_PreInit (object sender, EventArgs e)
        Page.Theme = Server.HtmlEncode(Request.QueryString["Theme"]);

     Press F5 and see the output by clicking both links

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