ListBox styles and templates

[ This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation ]

This topic describes the styles and templates for the ListBox control. You can modify these resources and the default ControlTemplate to give the control a unique appearance.

Visual states

These are the VisualStates defined in the control's default style.

VisualState name VisualStateGroup name Description
Normal CommonStates The default state.
Disabled CommonStates The control is disabled.
Focused FocusStates The control has focus.
Unfocused FocusStates The control doesn't have focus.

For more info about focus states, see Control.FocusState.

Theme resources

These resources are used in the control's default style.

Dark theme brushes

To change the colors of the control in the dark theme, override these brushes in App.xaml.

<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxBackgroundThemeBrush" Color="#CCFFFFFF" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxBorderThemeBrush" Color="Transparent" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxDisabledForegroundThemeBrush" Color="#66FFFFFF" />  
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxFocusBackgroundThemeBrush" Color="#FFFFFFFF" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxForegroundThemeBrush" Color="#FF000000" />

Light theme brushes

To change the colors of the control in the light theme, override these brushes in App.xaml.

<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxBackgroundThemeBrush" Color="#CCFFFFFF" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxBorderThemeBrush" Color="#45000000" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxDisabledForegroundThemeBrush" Color="#66000000" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxFocusBackgroundThemeBrush" Color="#FFFFFFFF" />
<SolidColorBrush x:Key="ListBoxForegroundThemeBrush" Color="#FF000000" />

Other resources

<Thickness x:Key="ListBoxBorderThemeThickness">2</Thickness>

Shared resources

The control template uses these resources that are shared with other control templates. Changing these values will affect other controls that use these resources.

<FontFamily x:Key="ContentControlThemeFontFamily">Segoe UI</FontFamily>
<x:Double x:Key="ControlContentThemeFontSize">14.667</x:Double>

For more info on theme resources, including the values that are used for the HighContrast theme, see XAML theme resources reference.

Default style

<!-- Default style for Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls.ListBox -->
<Style TargetType="ListBox">
    <Setter Property="Foreground" Value="{ThemeResource ListBoxForegroundThemeBrush}" />
    <Setter Property="Background" Value="{ThemeResource ListBoxBackgroundThemeBrush}" />
    <Setter Property="BorderBrush" Value="{ThemeResource ListBoxBorderThemeBrush}" />
    <Setter Property="BorderThickness" Value="{ThemeResource ListBoxBorderThemeThickness}" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollBarVisibility" Value="Disabled" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollBarVisibility" Value="Auto" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollMode" Value="Disabled" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.IsHorizontalRailEnabled" Value="True" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollMode" Value="Enabled" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.IsVerticalRailEnabled" Value="True" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.ZoomMode" Value="Disabled" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.IsDeferredScrollingEnabled" Value="False" />
    <Setter Property="ScrollViewer.BringIntoViewOnFocusChange" Value="True" />
    <Setter Property="IsTabStop" Value="False" />
    <Setter Property="TabNavigation" Value="Once" />
    <Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="{ThemeResource ContentControlThemeFontFamily}" />
    <Setter Property="FontSize" Value="{ThemeResource ControlContentThemeFontSize}" />
    <Setter Property="ItemsPanel">
        <Setter.Value>
            <ItemsPanelTemplate>
                <VirtualizingStackPanel />
            </ItemsPanelTemplate>
        </Setter.Value>
    </Setter>
    <Setter Property="Template">
        <Setter.Value>
            <ControlTemplate TargetType="ListBox">
                <Border x:Name="LayoutRoot" 
                        Background="{TemplateBinding Background}"
                        BorderBrush="{TemplateBinding BorderBrush}"
                        BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}">
                    <VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                        <VisualStateGroup x:Name="CommonStates">
                            <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
                            <VisualState x:Name="Disabled">
                                <Storyboard>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="LayoutRoot"
                                                                   Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="Transparent" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="LayoutRoot"
                                                                   Storyboard.TargetProperty="BorderBrush">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="{ThemeResource ListBoxDisabledForegroundThemeBrush}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                </Storyboard>
                            </VisualState>
                        </VisualStateGroup>
                        <VisualStateGroup x:Name="FocusStates">
                            <VisualState x:Name="Focused">
                                <Storyboard>
                                    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="LayoutRoot"
                                                                   Storyboard.TargetProperty="Background">
                                        <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="{ThemeResource ListBoxFocusBackgroundThemeBrush}" />
                                    </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
                                </Storyboard>
                            </VisualState>
                            <VisualState x:Name="Unfocused"/>
                        </VisualStateGroup>
                    </VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
                    <ScrollViewer x:Name="ScrollViewer"
                                  Padding="{TemplateBinding Padding}"
                                  TabNavigation="{TemplateBinding TabNavigation}"
                                  HorizontalScrollMode="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollMode}"
                                  HorizontalScrollBarVisibility="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.HorizontalScrollBarVisibility}"
                                  VerticalScrollMode="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollMode}"
                                  VerticalScrollBarVisibility="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.VerticalScrollBarVisibility}"
                                  IsHorizontalRailEnabled="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.IsHorizontalRailEnabled}"
                                  IsVerticalRailEnabled="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.IsVerticalRailEnabled}"
                                  ZoomMode="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.ZoomMode}"
                                  IsDeferredScrollingEnabled="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.IsDeferredScrollingEnabled}"
                                  BringIntoViewOnFocusChange="{TemplateBinding ScrollViewer.BringIntoViewOnFocusChange}"
                                  AutomationProperties.AccessibilityView="Raw">
                        <ItemsPresenter />
                    </ScrollViewer>
                </Border>
            </ControlTemplate>
        </Setter.Value>
    </Setter>
</Style>