Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Combining DataTriggers and Property Triggers in WPF

How to combine property-triggers and data-triggers in WPF is not quite clear from the documentation.

Property-trigger that changes the color of a buttons background

A property-trigger is a trigger that works with the visisble element properties of WPF. Button has among others an IsMouseOver-property.

<Style TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
 <Setter Property="Button.Background" Value="AliceBlue" />
  <Trigger Property="IsMouseOver" Value="True">
   <Setter Property="Button.Background" Value="Yellow" />

Data-trigger that changes the color of a buttons background

A data-trigger is a trigger that works with the properties of my own objects. My user object below has a Name and a Role property.

public class User {
    private string name;
    private string role;

    public string Name {
        get { return name; }
        set { name = value; }

    public string Role {
        get { return role; }
        set { role = value; }

<Style TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
  <DataTrigger Binding="{Binding Path=Role}" Value="Admin">
   <Setter Property="Button.Background" Value="Red" />

A combined property-trigger and a data-trigger that changes the color of a buttons background

If I want to combine the two triggers above to check if the role is admin and the mouse is over there is no straightforward way to do this, so I have to resort to this.

<Style TargetType="{x:Type Button}">
    <!-- This binding refers to the actual WPF element. -->
    <Condition Binding="{Binding RelativeSource={RelativeSource Self}, Path=IsMouseOver}" Value="True"/>
    <Condition Binding="{Binding Path=Role}" Value="Admin"/>
   <Setter Property="Button.Background" Value="Orange" />


Anonymous said...

Absolute Gold.

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Alex Ilyin said...

Very helpful indeed

Tanner said...

I didn't understand a good use for a multitrigger until i saw your post here. I was able to take your sample source and translate it into something that I can use.

Thanks for taking the time to share some info for MultiTriggers!

Pali said...

Thanks mate...this is really helpful. This saved me lot of time.

Anders Janmyr said...

@Pali, I'm glad it is still helping people.

Anonymous said...

Still helping people!
Cheers for this example!

Anders Janmyr said...

@Edgar, Cheers!

Imaver said...

Very helpful post, and also nice implementation - easy to use and very straightforward

Thanks a lot!

Anders Janmyr said...

@Imaver I'm glad it helped!

Mak said...

Many thanks Anders

Anders Janmyr said...

@Mak, glad to help!

csharpsimplified said...

Thanks man!!
This helped me.

David Haglund said...

Tackar tackar! :)

Anders Janmyr said...

@David, kul att det hjälpte dig!

Anonymous said...

Thanks bro, this was just what I needed!

Kelly said...

Seriously brilliant. Thank you.

Anders Janmyr said...

@Kelly, you're welcome.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!! Really Helpful.. I was stuck into this.

feral said...

Nice thanks I woulda been scratching my head for a while!

Anders Janmyr said...

@feral, You are welcome, I'm glad it helped you.

Torben Jonas said...

Yeeeeeeeees a solution for my current problem! Searched for about two hours to find this article but now everything works. Thanks a lot! :)

Anders Janmyr said...

@Torben, you're welcome :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks mate

Anonymous said...

One more trigger type from Dr WPF - EventTrigger - http://drwpf.com/blog/2009/05/12/itemscontrol-l-is-for-lookless/#IntroToTriggers


Anonymous said...

Thanks it worked

Anders Janmyr said...

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

Short and clear, straight to the point. Thanks!

Rene Bottern said...

Brilliantly simple!