Control.Background Control.Background Control.Background Control.Background Property


Gets or sets a brush that describes the background of a control.

 property System::Windows::Media::Brush ^ Background { System::Windows::Media::Brush ^ get(); void set(System::Windows::Media::Brush ^ value); };
public System.Windows.Media.Brush Background { get; set; }
member this.Background : System.Windows.Media.Brush with get, set
Public Property Background As Brush
Property Value

The brush that is used to fill the background of the control. The default is Transparent.


The following example shows how to set the background property of a control.

<Button Name="btn" Background="Red" 
void ChangeBackground(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    if (btn.Background == Brushes.Red)
        btn.Background = new LinearGradientBrush(Colors.LightBlue, Colors.SlateBlue, 90);
        btn.Content = "Control background changes from red to a blue gradient.";
        btn.Background = Brushes.Red;
        btn.Content = "Background";
Private Sub ChangeBackground(ByVal Sender As Object, ByVal e As RoutedEventArgs)

    If (Equals(btn.Background, Brushes.Red)) Then

        btn.Background = New LinearGradientBrush(Colors.LightBlue, Colors.SlateBlue, 90)
        btn.Content = "Control background changes from red to a blue gradient."


        btn.Background = Brushes.Red
        btn.Content = "Background"

    End If
End Sub

The following example shows a template that enables a trigger to change the background of a button when it is pressed.

<Button FontSize="16" FontWeight="Bold">Click the Background
    <ControlTemplate TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
      <Border Background="{TemplateBinding Background}">

    <Style TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
      <Setter Property="Background" Value="Blue"/>
        <Trigger Property="IsPressed" Value="true">
          <Setter Property="Background" Value="Red"/>


The Background property applies only to the resting state of a control. The default style of the control specifies its appearance when the state of the control changes. For example, if you set the Background property on a Button, the button has that value only when it is not pressed or disabled. If you want to create a control that has a more advanced customization of the background, you must define the control's style.

This property only affects a control whose template uses the Background property as a parameter. On other controls, this property has no impact.

Dependency Property Information

Identifier field BackgroundProperty
Metadata properties set to true AffectsRender, SubPropertiesDoNotAffectRender

Applies to