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Customizing the DragVisual

This help article explains how you could customize the visual element that is shown while the user is dragging an appointment in the ScheduleView control.

radscheduleview dragvisual 1

You could change its look by setting DragVisualTemplate and DragVisualStyle properties. We will go through each of them separately:

DragVisualTemplate

DragVisualTemplate property is of type DataTemplate and is used to define the content of the DragVisual. It receives as DataContext a list of the dragged appointments (or occurrences in case of recurrent appointments).

Here is the default DragVisualTemplate:

XAML

<DataTemplate x:Key="DragVisualContentTemplate">
    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Converter={StaticResource DraggedAppointmentsToLocalizedStringConverter}}" 
        TextWrapping="Wrap" 
        MaxWidth="200" 
        MaxHeight="66" 
        TextTrimming="WordEllipsis" />
</DataTemplate>  

Note the use of DraggedAppointmentsToLocalizedStringConverter – it is needed to cover the cases when multiple appointments are dragged:

radscheduleview dragvisual 2

Let’s for example, change the DataTemplate as following:

XAML

<DataTemplate x:Key="DragVisualContentTemplate">
    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
        <TextBlock Text="Dragging..." />
        <TextBlock Text="{Binding Converter={StaticResource DraggedAppointmentsToLocalizedStringConverter}}" 
                TextWrapping="Wrap" 
                MaxWidth="200" 
                MaxHeight="66" 
                TextTrimming="WordEllipsis" />
    </StackPanel>
</DataTemplate>

If you’re using Implicit Styles, you will be able to reference DraggedAppointmentsToLocalizedStringConverter directly. In other case you should manually add it as a resource before the DragVisualContentTemplate declaration:

Then set the newly created template to the DragVisualTemplate property of the ScheduleView:

XAML

<telerik:RadScheduleView AppointmentsSource="{Binding Appointments}"
                        DragVisualTemplate="{StaticResource DragVisualContentTemplate}">
    ...
</telerik:RadScheduleView>

Here is the result:

radscheduleview dragvisual 3

DragVisualStyle

DragVisualStyle property defines the look and behavior of the DragVisual element.

There are two approaches for customizing the DragVisualStyle according to the way you’re setting a theme to RadScheduleView:

  • If you’re using Implicit Styles and merge the needed XAML files as ResourceDictionaries in App.xaml, then you could create there a new Style for DragVisual element based on the default style. This way you will be able to modify only certain properties of the default style. Here is a simple example below:

XAML

<Application.Resources>
    <ResourceDictionary>
        <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
            …
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Office_Black;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.ScheduleView.xaml"/>
        </ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries>
    </ResourceDictionary>
    <Style x:Key="CustomDragVisualStyle" TargetType="telerik:DragVisual" BasedOn="{StaticResource DragVisualStyle}">
        <Setter Property="Background" Value="Yellow" />
        <Setter Property="BorderThickness" Value="2" />
    </Style>
</Application.Resources>

The complete definition of the DragVisualStyle can be found in UI for Silverlight installation folder in Themes.Impicit folder. Select the theme that you’re using and open Telerik.Windows.Controls.ScheduleView.xaml. Then search for “DragVisualStyle” in this XAML file.

You should reference the Telerik NoXaml assemblies when using implicit styles.

  • In case you’re using the default OfficeBlack theme or you've set a different theme with StyleManager:You should extract the complete DragVisualStyle from the RadScheduleView XAML file. The needed XAML file can be found in the UI for Silverlights installation folder. Go into the Themes folder and select the theme that you have chosen to use. Drill down to find the Telerik.Windows.Controls.ScheduleView.xaml file in the directory that corresponds to your theme. From this resource dictionary extract the DragVisualStyle and all the resources it uses, such as brushes and styles, into your own project. Then you will be able to make the needed customizations, for example:

XAML

<SolidColorBrush x:Key="RadScheduleForeground" Color="Black" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="DragVisualBorder" Color="#FF848484" />
...
<Style TargetType="local:DragVisual" x:Key="CustomDragVisualStyle">
    <Setter Property="Foreground" Value="{StaticResource DragVisualForeground}" />
    <Setter Property="BorderBrush" Value="{StaticResource DragVisualBorder}" />
    <Setter Property="Background" Value="Yellow" />
    <Setter Property="BorderThickness" Value="2" />
    <Setter Property="Margin" Value="0" />
    <Setter Property="Padding" Value="0 0 6 0" />
    <Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment" Value="Left" />
    <Setter Property="VerticalContentAlignment" Value="Center" />
    <Setter Property="SnapsToDevicePixels" Value="True" />
    <Setter Property="Template">
        <Setter.Value>
            <ControlTemplate TargetType="local:DragVisual">
            ...
            </ControlTemplate>
        </Setter.Value>
    </Setter>
</Style>

Where local is:

XAML

xmlns:local="clr-namespace:Telerik.Windows.Controls;assembly=Telerik.Windows.Controls.ScheduleView”

The custom DragVisualStyle must be always created in the App.xaml file as the DragVisualProvider is placed inside of another visual tree and cannot be targeted from the Page/ where RadScheduleView is placed.

Either approach you’ve selected, the final step is to set the custom DragVisual style to DragVisualStyle property of the ScheduleView:

XAML

<telerik:RadScheduleView AppointmentsSource="{Binding Appointments}"
                         DragVisualStyle="{StaticResource CustomDragVisualStyle}">
    ...
</telerik:RadScheduleView>

The result is:

radscheduleview dragvisual 4