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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate.

I watched John Papa’s Silverlight TV Ep 42: Apply and Customize the new Silverlight Themes this morning and decided to try it out. I felt that the documentation for getting started was sparse, so I decided to write my own to help the community.

First, what is is and why do I care? The themes are designed to provide a navigation template for a Silverlight Business Application. If you are not a designer then chances are you are not going to make something this pretty. =)

First, you should download the themes here. This pack includes the following themes :

Note: The Jet Pack is not available yet but should be available soon.

After you download the theme pack and extract it you will get 2 folders, one for Expression Blend 4 and another for Visual Studio 2010. I had no problem installing the VS2010 by double clicking on the .VSIX file. The Visual Studio 2010 was straight-forward, so I will focus on Blend 4.  The README_First.txt document says that you will need to copy the themes for Blend 4 into the %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Expression\Blend 4\ProjectTemplates\en\CSharp\Silverlight folder. This is only correct for X86 installs of Expression Blend 4. For other X64 versions of Blend 4 you will need to copy the files into the \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Expression\Blend 4\ProjectTemplates\en\CSharp\Silverlight folder.

At this point, it would be best if you install the Silverlight 4 Toolkit if you don’t already have it. If you don’t install the Silverlight 4 Toolkit and try to run the project you will get this.

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So head on over to http://silverlight.codeplex.com/ and hit the download button. Click next, until the installation is finished.

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Once they are installed you can use the theme by going into Blend 4 and selecting New Project –> Silverlight –> Themes.

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Select the theme that you want and you should be good to go.

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Posted on Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:56 PM Silverlight | Back to top

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