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Getting Started

This article will provide you with the knowledge required to use the RadExpander control in a basic scenario.

Assembly References

In order to use the RadExpander control, you will need to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls

You can find the required assemblies for each control from the suite in the Controls Dependencies help article.

Add а RadExpander to the Project

The RadExpander is a HeaderedContentControl and you can initialize both its Header and Content properties.

Example 1: RadExpander definition

<telerik:RadExpander Header="My Expander"> 
    <ListBox> 
        <ListBoxItem Content="Option 1" /> 
        <ListBoxItem Content="Option 2" /> 
        <ListBoxItem Content="Option 3" /> 
        <ListBoxItem Content="Option 4" /> 
        <ListBoxItem Content="Option 5" /> 
    </ListBox> 
</telerik:RadExpander> 

Figure 1: The RadExpander generated by the code in Example 1

The RadExpander generated by the code in Example 1

Declaring more complex Header and Content

As both Header and Content properties are of type object there's no limits as to what you can display inside the control. Example 2 demonstrates a more complex layout with some hard-coded values. You can, of course, introduce an items control and define its ItemContainerStyle and ItemTemplate, for example.

Example 2: More complex content

<telerik:RadExpander x:Name="radExpander" 
                     VerticalContentAlignment="Top" 
                     IsExpanded="True"> 
    <telerik:RadExpander.Header> 
        <TextBlock Text="Header" /> 
    </telerik:RadExpander.Header> 
    <telerik:RadExpander.Content> 
        <Grid> 
            <Grid.ColumnDefinitions> 
                <ColumnDefinition /> 
                <ColumnDefinition /> 
            </Grid.ColumnDefinitions> 
            <Grid.RowDefinitions> 
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto" /> 
                <RowDefinition Height="Auto" /> 
            </Grid.RowDefinitions> 
            <Border Height="131" 
                    Margin="5" 
                    BorderBrush="#FFDADADA" 
                    BorderThickness="0,0,1,1" 
                    CornerRadius="3"> 
                <Border BorderBrush="#B2ADBDD1" 
                        BorderThickness="1" 
                        CornerRadius="2"> 
                    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal"> 
                        <Border Width="108" 
                                Height="108" 
                                Margin="10 0 0 0" 
                                BorderBrush="#FFE0E0E0" 
                                BorderThickness="1"> 
                            <Image Source="/Images/item1.png" Stretch="None" /> 
                        </Border> 
                        <StackPanel Margin="10 25 10 0"> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="16" 
                                       Foreground="#FF0099CC" 
                                       Text="Bob Smiil" /> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="11" 
                                       Text="BobSmiil@mail.com" /> 
                            <TextBlock FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="10.667" 
                                       Text="Phone: 333 2334" /> 
                        </StackPanel> 
                    </StackPanel> 
                </Border> 
            </Border> 
            <Border Grid.Row="1" 
                    Height="131" 
                    Margin="5" 
                    BorderBrush="#FFDADADA" 
                    BorderThickness="0,0,1,1" 
                    CornerRadius="3"> 
                <Border BorderBrush="#B2ADBDD1" 
                        BorderThickness="1" 
                        CornerRadius="2"> 
                    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal"> 
                        <Border Width="108" 
                                Height="108" 
                                Margin="10 0 0 0" 
                                BorderBrush="#FFE0E0E0" 
                                BorderThickness="1"> 
                            <Image Source="/Images/item2.png" Stretch="None" /> 
                        </Border> 
                        <StackPanel Margin="10 25 15 0"> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="16" 
                                       Foreground="#FF0099CC" 
                                       Text="Anne Dodsworth" /> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="11" 
                                       Text="Anne Dodsworth@mail.com" /> 
                            <TextBlock FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="10.667" 
                                       Text="Phone: 333 2334" /> 
                        </StackPanel> 
                    </StackPanel> 
                </Border> 
            </Border> 
            <Border Grid.Column="1" 
                    Height="131" 
                    Margin="5" 
                    BorderBrush="#FFDADADA" 
                    BorderThickness="0,0,1,1" 
                    CornerRadius="3"> 
                <Border BorderBrush="#B2ADBDD1" 
                        BorderThickness="1" 
                        CornerRadius="2"> 
                    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal"> 
                        <Border Width="108" 
                                Height="108" 
                                Margin="10 0 0 0" 
                                BorderBrush="#FFE0E0E0" 
                                BorderThickness="1"> 
                            <Image Source="/Images/item3.png" Stretch="None" /> 
                        </Border> 
                        <StackPanel Margin="10 25 10 0"> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="16" 
                                       Foreground="#FF0099CC" 
                                       Text="Andrew Fuller" /> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="11" 
                                       Text="AndrewFuller@mail.com" /> 
                            <TextBlock FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="10.667" 
                                       Text="Phone: 333 2334" /> 
                        </StackPanel> 
                    </StackPanel> 
                </Border> 
            </Border> 
            <Border Grid.Row="1" 
                    Grid.Column="1" 
                    Height="131" 
                    Margin="5" 
                    BorderBrush="#FFDADADA" 
                    BorderThickness="0,0,1,1" 
                    CornerRadius="3"> 
                <Border BorderBrush="#B2ADBDD1" 
                        BorderThickness="1" 
                        CornerRadius="2"> 
                    <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal"> 
                        <Border Width="108" 
                                Height="108" 
                                Margin="10 0 0 0" 
                                BorderBrush="#FFE0E0E0" 
                                BorderThickness="1"> 
                            <Image Source="/Images/item4.png" Stretch="None" /> 
                        </Border> 
                        <StackPanel Margin="10 25 15 0"> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="16" 
                                       Foreground="#FF0099CC" 
                                       Text="Emily Smile" /> 
                            <TextBlock Margin="0 0 0 5" 
                                       FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="11" 
                                       Text="EmilySmile@mail.com" /> 
                            <TextBlock FontFamily="Segoe UI" 
                                       FontSize="10.667" 
                                       Text="Phone: 333 2334" /> 
                        </StackPanel> 
                    </StackPanel> 
                </Border> 
            </Border> 
        </Grid> 
    </telerik:RadExpander.Content> 
</telerik:RadExpander> 

Figure 2: The RadExpander generated by the code in Example 2

The RadExpander generated by the code in Example 2

Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadExpander, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls

Example 12 demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 12: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

<Application.Resources> 
    <ResourceDictionary> 
        <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
        </ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries> 
    </ResourceDictionary> 
</Application.Resources> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

Figure 3 shows a RadExpander with the Windows8 theme applied.

Figure 3: RadExpander with the Windows8 theme

RadExpander with Windows8 theme

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