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SandShell Features in Depth

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP, 2003, Vista

Supported Development Environments

  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Visual Studio 2008

SandShell provides all the controls and themes you need to recreate the non-Ribbon-based portions of the Office 2007 user interface in your WPF applications. If you cannot see a feature explained here, please try the evaluation version or contact us to ask us about it.

All features summarised here are explained in greater detail further down the page.

Feature Summary

Features in Depth

WunderBar Navigation

WunderBar is the Microsoft codename for the controls on the left of the Outlook shell that provides top-level navigation facilities for all its features. A WunderBar contains many panes, each of which has a header, an image and some content which is displayed in the main portion of the bar when selected. The bar itself can be collapsed, freeing screen real estate, and while collapsed the contents of the selected pane can still be accessed via a popup.

Every feature of the Office control has been recreated in our own control. A splitter which can be used to resize or collapse the control is included as part of its template. The developer can choose to disable its collapsing or resizing features. You can also specify controls to display vertically when the selected pane is collapsed.

Office 2007 Themes

This library includes theme dictionaries that apply the Office 2007 look and feel to a number of the stock WPF controls. Not every control is covered but most of those seen in Outlook and other Office applications are. We include themes for:

  • Menus
  • Toolbar Trays
  • Status Bars
  • Toolbars
    • Buttons inside toolbars
  • Scrollbars

Applying the themes to your application is as simple as one line of code in your XAML markup to include the resource dictionary in your window resources. Or, you can use our API to dynamically change the theme at runtime.

ExplorerBar Layout

The ExplorerBar displays multiple containers, all of which can be collapsed by the user. Some containers can be designated as primary containers for a different look and feel. As in Windows Explorer, our control uses movement and fading animations when the sections are being collapsed and expanded.

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