Rebuild attached Windows 10 form to look similar to Windows XP form.

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I have a VB.Net application developed in VS 2005 and the forms look good in Windows XP, but not so good in Windows 10.

Any ideas on how I can make attached (Windows 10) large form have the same appearance as the (Windows XP) smaller form?

Thanks
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Commented:
That may be difficult.  The top and bottom sections are provided by the OS and not your programming.

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The bottom is provided by my programming, but not the top...
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As Dave said, the "themes" of those forms are provided by your Windows settings. You can modify the theme used for your application somewhat, but it requires a LOT of work.

There are 3rd party components that provide "skinning". I use the DevExpress controls for Winforms, which do an excellent job of this, but they can be pricey. I saw a few CodeProject articles that discussed doing something of this nature, but I've never used those so can't really comment on them.

FWIW, I like the look-and-feel of the bottom image better!
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I also like the 2nd form but you could also use something like MetroModernUI to give a consistent look on all platforms

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Thanks for your help!
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

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No feedback from author..because its was more subjective issue than a real issue i reckon that all experts provided good info

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