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WPF Color Palette

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10 Jul 2008CPOL
Show WPF brushes in a ListBox.

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This simple application lists brushes in System.Windows.Media.Brushes in a ListBox by using Reflection and the WPF Data Binding features.

Using the code

First, add a ListBox and set a DataTemplate in the ItemTemplate attribute:

<!-- Don't forget to set ItemsSource as {Binding} -->
<ListBox Name="lsbBrushes" ItemsSource="{Binding}" Margin="10"
    <!-- Context Menu -->
            <MenuItem Header="Copy Name" Click="CopyName_Click"></MenuItem>
            <MenuItem Header="Copy Hex" Click="CopyHex_Click"></MenuItem>
    <!-- Item Panel Template just for show items in warp mode -->
            <WrapPanel />
    <!-- Items Data Template -->
                    <ColumnDefinition />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="130"/>
                <Rectangle Fill="{Binding Path=Name}" 
                    Stroke="Black" Margin="5"
                    StrokeThickness="1" Height="50" Width="100"/>
                <StackPanel Grid.Column="1">
                    <Label Content="{Binding Path=Name}" />
                    <Label Content="{Binding Path=Hex}" />

And now, write the binding class and item class like this:

// Binding Class
class WPFBrushList : List<WPFBrush>
    public WPFBrushList()
        // Get type of the Brushes
        Type BrushesType = typeof(Brushes);
        // Get properties of this type
        PropertyInfo[] brushesProperty = BrushesType.GetProperties();
        // Extract Name and Hex code and add to list (binding class)
        foreach (PropertyInfo property in brushesProperty)
            BrushConverter brushConverter = new BrushConverter();
            Brush brush = (Brush)brushConverter.ConvertFromString(property.Name);
            Add(new WPFBrush(property.Name, brush.ToString()));

// Item Class
class WPFBrush
    public WPFBrush(string name, string hex) 
        Name = name;
        Hex = hex;
    //please note name of properties are same as DataTemplate Binding Paths 
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public string Hex { get; set; }

At last, set the binding class to ListBox.DataContext:

public partial class Window1 : Window
    // Create binding object
    private WPFBrushList _brushes = new WPFBrushList();
    public Window1()
        // Bind to ListBox
        lsbBrushes.DataContext = _brushes;
    // Copy selected to Clipboard
    private void CopyName_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        if (lsbBrushes.SelectedIndex != -1)
    private void CopyHex_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        if (lsbBrushes.SelectedIndex != -1)


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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
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QuestionGood Stuff.. Pin
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professionalSalam633111-Oct-11 19:08 
GeneralThank you! Pin
the.komplikator20-Nov-09 9:36
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AnswerRe: Thank you! Pin
Sam Farajpour Ghamari20-Nov-09 10:43
professionalSam Farajpour Ghamari20-Nov-09 10:43 
You are welcome Big Grin | :-D

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