Ultimate Style for a TextBox in Blend 4 for Windows Phone 7

If you have a custom background (other than the black or white background) you may have noticed that your textboxes plays tricks with you on the dark and light themes.

With this resource, this will allow you to have any color background, any graphics that you might have and have a consistent TextBox style that will be readable in any theme.

Just insert this code into your app.xaml, in between.

<Style x:Key=”MainTextBoxStyle” TargetType=”TextBox”>
<Setter Property=”FontFamily” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneFontFamilyNormal}”/> <Setter Property=”FontSize” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneFontSizeMediumLarge}”/>
<Setter Property=”Background” Value=”LightGray” />
<Setter Property=”Foreground” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxForegroundBrush}”/>
<Setter Property=”BorderBrush” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxBrush}”/>
<Setter Property=”SelectionBackground” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneAccentBrush}”/>
<Setter Property=”SelectionForeground” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxSelectionForegroundBrush}”/>
<Setter Property=”BorderThickness” Value=”{StaticResource PhoneBorderThickness}”/>
<Setter Property=”Padding” Value=”2″/>
<Setter Property=”Template”>
<Setter.Value>
<ControlTemplate TargetType=”TextBox”>
<Grid Background=”Transparent”>
<VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
<VisualStateGroup x:Name=”CommonStates”>
<VisualState x:Name=”Normal”/>
<VisualState x:Name=”MouseOver”/>
<VisualState x:Name=”Disabled”>
<Storyboard>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Visibility” Storyboard.TargetName=”EnabledBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
<Visibility>Collapsed</Visibility>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Visibility” Storyboard.TargetName=”DisabledOrReadonlyBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
<Visibility>Visible</Visibility>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
</Storyboard>
</VisualState>
<VisualState x:Name=”ReadOnly”>
<Storyboard>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Visibility” Storyboard.TargetName=”EnabledBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
<Visibility>Collapsed</Visibility>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Visibility” Storyboard.TargetName=”DisabledOrReadonlyBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
<Visibility>Visible</Visibility>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Background” Storyboard.TargetName=”DisabledOrReadonlyBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″ Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxBrush}”/>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames> <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”BorderBrush” Storyboard.TargetName=”DisabledOrReadonlyBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″ Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxBrush}”/>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Foreground” Storyboard.TargetName=”DisabledOrReadonlyContent”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″ Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxReadOnlyBrush}”/>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
</Storyboard>
</VisualState>
</VisualStateGroup>
<VisualStateGroup x:Name=”FocusStates”>
<VisualState x:Name=”Focused”>
<Storyboard>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”Background” Storyboard.TargetName=”EnabledBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
<SolidColorBrush Color=”White”/>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame.Value>
</DiscreteObjectKeyFrame>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty=”BorderBrush” Storyboard.TargetName=”EnabledBorder”>
<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime=”0″ Value=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxEditBorderBrush}”/>
</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
</Storyboard>
</VisualState>
<VisualState x:Name=”Unfocused”/>
</VisualStateGroup>
</VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
<Border x:Name=”EnabledBorder” BorderBrush=”{TemplateBinding BorderBrush}” BorderThickness=”{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}” Background=”{TemplateBinding Background}” Margin=”{StaticResource PhoneTouchTargetOverhang}”>
<ContentControl x:Name=”ContentElement” BorderThickness=”0″ HorizontalContentAlignment=”Stretch” Margin=”{StaticResource PhoneTextBoxInnerMargin}” Padding=”{TemplateBinding Padding}” VerticalContentAlignment=”Stretch”/>
</Border>
<Border x:Name=”DisabledOrReadonlyBorder” BorderBrush=”{StaticResource PhoneDisabledBrush}” BorderThickness=”{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}” Background=”Transparent” Margin=”{StaticResource PhoneTouchTargetOverhang}” Visibility=”Collapsed”>
<TextBox x:Name=”DisabledOrReadonlyContent” Background=”Transparent” Foreground=”{StaticResource PhoneDisabledBrush}” FontWeight=”{TemplateBinding FontWeight}” FontStyle=”{TemplateBinding FontStyle}” FontSize=”{TemplateBinding FontSize}” FontFamily=”{TemplateBinding FontFamily}” IsReadOnly=”True” SelectionForeground=”{TemplateBinding SelectionForeground}” SelectionBackground=”{TemplateBinding SelectionBackground}” TextAlignment=”{TemplateBinding TextAlignment}” TextWrapping=”{TemplateBinding TextWrapping}” Text=”{TemplateBinding Text}” />
</Border>
</Grid>
</ControlTemplate>
</Setter.Value>
</Setter>
</Style>

After this step is done, just click on your TextBox and apply the style named MainTextBoxStyle

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My name is Alex Perez and I have a degree in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco. I always had a passion for great design and with my brother Luis Perez; we started our company called Neuralnet (www.neuralnetsystems.com) about 3 o 4 years ago, where I started doing the design and flow for our websites. We started developing for Windows Phone 7 since it came out to the market and I just been having a blast designing for the Windows Phone 7 under the new awesome Metro UI guidelines. I been using Microsoft Expression Blend for the past 2 years and have a significant amount of knowledge with that amazing tool, and I have been using Photoshop for the past 7 years. I currently work as a Multilingual SEO Analyst for Travelclick and designing and pushing the design limits on Windows Phone 7. You can follow me on twitter at @Aapg1102

Posted on December 11, 2011, in Blend 4 Tips, Blend 4 Tricks and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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