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Using skins in a Symbian C++ app

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This article shows a simple one-line change to make your Symbian application skin-aware.

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Created: eswar_illuri (04 May 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (30 May 2013)

To make an application skin aware you need to add the following line to the in the appUI’s ConstructL():

BaseConstructL(CAknAppUi::EAknEnableSkin);

In a skin-aware application, skins are applied to all standard S60 controls, for instance search boxes, list boxes and grids. If BaseConstructL() is not called with this parameter, only the following controls are drawn using skins: menus, note and query dialogs, the control and status panes, the fast swap window.

To draw non-standard, custom controls and container controls using skins, you need to use the skin-drawing utility class AknsDraw-Utils (the Akns prefix stands for Avkon Skins). Before you can do this, you first need to get the currently active skin by calling Akns-Utils::SkinInstance(), and non-container controls also need to call AknsDrawUtils::ControlContext() to get the skin control context.

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