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How to Use Form Control in C#

Forms Control is an alternative skin tool to the standard Windows Form and provides rounded corners, MDI, and themes support. It is really easy to integrate the Forms control into any other UI Controls. By using the Forms Control, developers can design forms in the same appearance of Microsoft Office. This control can also be used together with any other controls like the Title Bar component in the UI Control suite to create custom appearance for your Windows Forms applications. It is capable of applying the themes predefined in the component and build custom themes as demand.

How to Add Form to WinForms Project

The steps below demonstrate the process of adding the Form control to your Windows Form application or integrating it into a .NET project in C#. To add the Form control to your Windows Forms project, we can use the dialog, add new item, in the Form template or create a standard Windows Form and customize the C# class to Kettic.WinForms.UI.Form. The following sample shows how to create a Form in C# through customizing the C# class of a standard Windows Form.
Changing the base class of a standard Windows Form to RadForm in C#:
  1. Open your existing Windows Forms application, or create a new one in your Microsoft Visual Studio.
  2. Add references to the Kettic.WinForms and Kettic.WinForms.UI assemblies in your .NET projects.
  3. Choose the View Code option in the .NET project that you are working
  4. Change the declaration in C# of the form to derive from the Kettic.WinForms.UI.Form C# class
  5. Change the standard Windows Forms form to the Kettic Form component with the C# code snippet below.
  6. Go back to the design view of the form, and we can get the Kettic Form that the Office blue theme has been applied and is ready for use.

partial class Form1 : Kettic.WinForms.UI.Form

How to Apply a Theme to the Form

The following steps show the process of adding the Form control to your Windows Form application. We may need to drag and drop the desired theme component from the toolbox to the form you are designing. The new themes will be available to the Kettic Form.
  1. Drag the Office 2007blue component from the toolbox and drop it to the Kettic Form
  2. Configure the property of the Office 2007blue component in the Properties Window
  3. Debug the application, you will get the custom theme Form.
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