First Steps

This article explains how to get the Telerik UI for Silverlight controls in your project and start using them quickly.

Once you have your first simple control up and running, take a look at the next steps section to start exploring the control functionality in more detail.

Download the Controls

The easiest way to get the controls to your development machine is to use the Progress Control Panel or to download the automated MSI installer from your account.

Figure 1: Download automated (.msi) installer

Download automated installer Telerik_UI_for_Silverlight_<version>_Dev.msi

If you are not a customer, you can download a free, fully functional trial and the same options will apply to you as well.

The following article can help you choose the installation type that is most suitable for your needs and preferences: Which File Do I Need to Install.

Create a UI for Silverlight Project

The easiest way to create a Telerik UI for Silverlight project is to use Visual Studio Extensions which are distributed with the Telerik UI for Silverlight installer.

The Visual Studio Extensions can be accessed through the Telerik | Telerik UI for Silverlight menu which has different menu items depending on the selected project in Visual Studio. The extensions can be accessed through the context menu of a Silverlight Application as well.

You can then create the Telerik UI for Silverlight project in one of the 3 following ways:

  • If you do not have a project, run the Create Project Wizard.

    Figure 2: Go to Telerik > Telerik UI for Silverlight > Create New Telerik Project

    Run Create Project Wizard

  • If you already have a Silverlight project, run the Convert Project Wizard.

    Figure 3: Go to Telerik > Telerik UI for Silverlight > Convert to Telerik Silverlight Application

    Run Convert Project Wizard

  • If you prefer full manual control over your project, you can copy the Telerik assemblies to the ~/bin and add references to them through the Visual Studio interface. The controls come packaged in several assemblies but to get started, you only need Telerik.Windows.Controls.dll.

Add a Teleik Control to the Project

The final step is to actually add a Telerik control to your application.

  1. Add the Telerik namespace.

    Example 1: Telerik namespace definition

  2. Add a Telerik control to the page, for example, a RadListBox:

    Example 2: Adding RadListBoxItems

        <telerik:RadListBox  Width="200" x:Name="radListBox"> 
            <telerik:RadListBoxItem Content="Australia" /> 
            <telerik:RadListBoxItem Content="Brazil" /> 
            <telerik:RadListBoxItem Content="Canada" /> 
            <telerik:RadListBoxItem Content="China" /> 
            <telerik:RadListBoxItem Content="England" /> 
            <telerik:RadListBoxItem Content="Germany" /> 

    You can also drag a control from the Visual Studio Toolbox. If you do not see the controls in the toolbox, examine the Adding the Telerik Controls to the Visual Studio Toolbox article.

  3. Run the project by pressing F5. You should see something like this:

    Figure 4: The final result

    Main page with RadListBox

Next Steps

Now that you have the Telerik UI for Silverlight controls running in your project, you may want to explore their features, customize their behavior or change their appearance. Below you can find guidance on getting started with such tasks:

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