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Controlling Visual Appearance Overview

The visual appearance of Telerik® UI for ASP.NET AJAX is defined through "skins". A skin consists of a CSS file and image files (which are optional). Telerik® UI for ASP.NET AJAX come with a set of built-in skins which are embedded in the Telerik.Web.UI.Skins assembly and ready to be used. Developers can use the built-in skins as they are, or customize them.

The Telerik® UI for ASP.NET AJAX controls have complex HTML structures and use Skins to provide styling. Thus, CSS and sometimes images are used instead of inline rules for creating borders, rounded corners, background colors, font colors or other design elements.

This means that simple properties like ForeColor, BackColor, BorderColor, BorderStyle, etc., may not work for the Telerik controls. To change the way a control looks, you should use CSS.

Using a skin

To use a skin you just need to set the Skin property of the control to the designated skin name.Keep in mind that skin names are case-sensitive. You can set the Skin property declaratively, in design time or from code-behind.

The Material skin is available for the Lightweight RenderMode only. If you experience visual issues with it, make sure your controls are not using the default Classic mode.

If you are using a custom skin, you need to set the EnableEmbeddedSkins property to false . If you don't do that, the control will try to register an embedded skin with the specified name and will fail with an exception. For more information you can check the How skins work and Skin registration topics.

Setting the skin from design time

To set the skin in design time you need to follow these steps:

  1. Select the control of interest by clicking it.

  2. Open its properties (either from the context menu or by pressing F4).

  3. Find the Skin property in the property grid (it is located in the "Appearance" category).

  4. To use a built-in skin:

    1. Open the drop-down control which contains all built-in skins.

    2. Select a value from the drop-down to set that skin.

  5. To use a custom (user-defined) skin:

    1. Register the CSS file(s) of the skin to the Page (unless they are placed in an ASP.NET theme folder).

    2. Set the EnableEmbeddedSkins property to false.

    3. Type the name of the skin in the text box.

Setting the skin declaratively

To set the skin declaratively you need to set the Skin attribute of the control tag. Keep in mind that it is case-sensitive.

<telerik:RadSlider RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadSlider1" Skin="Outlook" runat="server" />

Setting the skin from code-behind

To set the skin from code-behind you need to set the Skin property of the control to the designated value:

<TelerikControl>.Skin = "Outlook";
<TelerikControl>.Skin = "Outlook"               

Setting the skin globally from web.config

Review the bottom section of this help topic for more details.

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