Default System Colors

Roderick Colenbrander thunderbird2k at
Tue Nov 16 09:29:19 CST 2004


Some time ago I looked into uxtheme a bit and it roughly works like this.
The dll itself is responsible for loading theme files. After a theme is
loaded it can for example be used to load a bitmap and draw as for example
the background of a window or it can change the color of controls.

Uxtheme can be used in two ways. Useally all theming is done by windows
itself. To do the theming microsoft ships a new version of the user and
common dialog dlls which use uxtheme to do the theming. In the other case
you can call uxtheme yourself and then you can decide yourself what you want
to theme.

Not sure if I said it all correctly. Likely Kevin Koltzau knows it a bit
better as he is working on uxtheme. Not sure what the current status of the
dll is but atleast our controls aren't using it for theming yet.


> Well, as I said before, I would take a look at uxtheme. Now that I have
> seen
> it, I think I haven't really understood how it works (even after reading a
> bit
> of MSDN).
> How does it work, actually? And how to use it? Can anyone give me a simple
> explanation? Please look at me as a newbie (I think MSDN assumes that its
> readers are at least experienced :P).
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