1) The simplest way to allow the user to change the skin is to leave visible
the 'Change skin' button in the title bar as it is by default. You can see some
ways to customize this alternative in the topic To
customize how the change skin dialog box is shown.
If this button doesn't appear in the title bar then go to the 'Custom' property in the properties screen, and in the property page 'Buttons' select 'Change skin' = True
2) To show the change skin dialog box by code.
For showing the change skin dialog box by code call the method ShowChangeSkinDialog. Also read the ChSD_UserAvailableOptions property.
3) Making your own dialog box to change skin.
This is the alternative that requires more code, but most versatile, since you could make that in the same dialog box the user can select some other features not included in the vbSkinner control and that they are particular of your project.
Note: set the SaveToRegistry property to False of the vbSkinner control that you place in this form (form of the dialog box), and then if the user have pressed the Ok command button, call the SaveValuesToRegistry method of the same control.
An example of the exposed thing is the following one:
'In the declarations section of the form place this code:
Public mSkinnerControl As Skinner
Screen.MousePointer = vbHourglass
If mSkinnerControl.Skin = skAuto_ReadFromRegistry Then
If Skinner1.Skin = skCreateFromPicture Then
Set mSkinnerControl.SkinPicture =_
mSkinnerControl.BodySkin = Skinner1.BodySkin
Screen.MousePointer = vbDefault
When displaying the customized dialog box of changing skin do it this way:
4) Some another variant that you could think, like for example to
design some own skins and to place them in a ImageList control, then to make
available some way to change them.
In order to do this set the SkinPicture property of the vbSkinner control to the image that you get from the ImageList.
5) To include in the setup package the skins that you want to provide to the user. These skins must be placed in the folder ChSD_SkinsFolder, by default it is the same one of the application. In that case may be that you prefer to set the ChSD_SaveSkinsFolder property to False, so the user will use always the same folder for the skins.
|See also:||How to use the vbSkinner control|
|To customize how the change skin dialog box is shown|
|To design skins|