Style for Windows apps

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Style is what makes your app stand out. The style guidelines in this section help you create a Fluent Design through color, typography, and new features such as acrylic material and reveal highlight.

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Color provides intuitive wayfinding through an app's various levels of information and serves as a crucial tool for reinforcing the interaction model.

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As the visual representation of language, typography’s main task is to be clear. Its style should never get in the way of that goal. The following guidelines focus on how to use typography to help users understand content easily.

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Good icons harmonize with typography and with the rest of the design language. They don’t mix metaphors, and they communicate only what’s needed, as speedily and simply as possible.

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Create a sense of depth with acrylic, a brush that creates stunning, translucent surfaces.

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Reveal highlight

Use light to illuminate important elements.

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Reveal focus

Reveal focus is a lighting effect for 10 foot experiences, such as Xbox One and television screens, and animates the border of focusable elements.

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Sound helps complete an application's user experience, and gives them that extra audio edge they need to match the feel of Windows across all platforms.

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Writing style

Writing style can make a big difference between an awful user experience and a better one.

XAML styles

You can customize the appearance of your apps in many ways by using the XAML framework. Styles let you set control properties and reuse those settings for a consistent appearance across multiple controls.