Customizing Skins (Devices)

A skin is a graphic that surrounds the rectangular form, the viewport, of an application in the Device Emulator or Visual Studio Designer. When you use a skin during application development, you can better visualize how your application looks on a real device. You can use the same skins in Visual Studio designers and the Device Emulator.

Besides providing visual enhancement, skins can provide functionality, such as the processing of mouse events for hardware buttons and softkeys.


If the skin files installed with Visual Studio become corrupted, you can reinstall them by repairing your Visual Studio installation. For more information, see How to: Repair Visual Studio.

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