Metro Shell and Metro Theme allow you can change the background and colour with amazing colors palette in the best metro style. All of the personalisation settings you know and love are still here too, and you can still use them to personalise the apps. (Beta version)

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by covijt | Sat 7:47 PM

Julian thank you so much for the great gift to
the community and my self.

Kind regards,


by rnt57 | January 09 2013

Fantastic job Julian, just solve the issue with System.Xml.Serialization

by Jamil MilheM | September 27 2012

Perfect, modern and Amazing theme ever thanx Julian,,
but i have little problem when i lunch the app...
Error launching the screen. Error : Could not load file or assembly 'System.Xml.Serialization, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. The requested assembly version conflicts with what is already bound in the app domain or specified in the manifest. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131053)

there are any update :)

by HugoSantos | July 03 2012

Amazing!!! It's the only word I can find to describe this one.

Excellent job!

by John_Hotmail | June 29 2012

Fantastic shell and theme! People contributing this kind of quality add-ins to LightSwitch is what is helping to make this such a fantastic dev environment so kudos to you Julian and thanks!

by Stevie6410 | June 22 2012

Great Theme & Shell. I have run it in VS 2012 and it works great! Really slick, best theme used so far by a mile!

by Marden LR | April 23 2012

Great job

by Paolo Segat | April 19 2012

P E R F E C T ! ! !

by Buazizoo | April 17 2012

Great Theme. 2 Thumbs Up

by İsmail Hatipoğlu | March 28 2012


Picasso is living:)

by Nitram88 | March 24 2012

Absolutely Fantastic !
Works perfectly in VS2010 Thank you.

Amazing! The better is that it's not required to have the VS 11 Beta, as other Metro style shells available out there.

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  • More button
    1 Posts | Last post Sat 7:52 PM
    • Is it possible for a developer to control the visibility
      property of the MORE button. It would be useful to our team 
      to maintain a constant look and feel. It is most often a requirement
      from our customer.
      Best regards,
      Denis Patry
  • Default Colors and Settings
    4 Posts | Last post December 07, 2013
    • Is there a way to default the Settings such as color, button location, and titles, so that I can control some of those as the developer instead of the user.
    • I'd really like this option to, just so we can default to our suggested theme.
      Did you find an answer to this.
    • You need to extend the Application class to define default settings. VB code below:
      Imports PaulozziCo.MetroShell.Model
      Imports PaulozziCo.MetroShell.Services
      Public Class Application
              Private Sub Application_Initialize()
                                                                               ThemeSettings.SettingsInstance.ShowScreenTitle = False
                                                                               ThemeSettings.SettingsInstance.RibbonPositionValue = RibbonPosition.Top
                                                                           End Function)
              End Sub
          End Class
      Regards, Stefan
    • Can this be updated to work with VS 2013?
  • Localization?
    1 Posts | Last post June 26, 2013
    • how to Localization?
  • Download link for the older versions
    10 Posts | Last post June 15, 2013
    • Hi,
      Is it possible to provide a download link for earlier versions? I installed version 2 and unfortunately the black Metro look did not suite the application well, while I would like use it within Lightswitch 2011 applications.
    • Is it possible to get the .vsix file for version 1.9.1?
    • Hi Susan,
      I have the source code for version 1.9.1, although I no longer see it displayed for download within the description page, so Julian might not wish to have it forked for further development. We will have to wait and see a response from him first before I proceed.
    • Hi,
      DedoOne can provide the link to the previous version without problems, I removed it for the sake of updating.
      I remember that the current version is still beta. However the same concept follows a difirente definition color palette that is a xml. The concept is to allow the developer to define a new file with the colors you want. I studying the point of extension to it.
    • I'm interested in the 1.9.1 version source, does DedoOne can provide it?
    • So sorry for being so late in responding Esteban and Susan. Here is a link to download the source code for version 1.9.1. I have not packaged it yet, as I know little in regards to building Themes.
      If either of you manage to package it successfully into a vsix, please let me know, as I would love to download it. I'll do the same should package it before you.
    • DedoOne, can you repost the source code? or Julian, can you provide the source for 2.0
    • Never mind, I just dotPeeked it.
      If you want to change the theme on startup without loading from IsolatedStorage, and/or change the other settings... extend the Application class on the client:
          public partial class Application
              partial void Application_LoggedIn()
                      () =>
                          ThemeSettings.SettingsInstance.ShowScreenTitle = false;
    • Hi Julian.  Absolutely love this shell!  Only problem is I really need to be able to edit or add to the existing colour scheme our company RGB otherwise there is some major colour clash on the screen!  Is there any way of achieving this on Version 2?
    • Ooops my bad... I mistakenly moved the zip file within my Onebox Account. The source code for Version 1.9.1 can be found once again downloaded here:
  • Source code again?
    1 Posts | Last post May 05, 2013
    • Hi Julian,
      I can't find the source code in description tab, will you still providing the source?
  • How to change default color scheme?
    2 Posts | Last post March 10, 2013
    • Hi, how can I change the default (green) color scheme? Thanks!
    • Ok, I found it, there is link "More" at the bottom of page.
  • Error VS 2012 RC
    5 Posts | Last post February 23, 2013
    • I'm getting the following error when I try to use your skin and theme with VS 2012 RC release.  Is this a known issue?  
      Error launching the screen. Error : Could not load file or assembly 'System.Xml.Serialization, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. The requested assembly version conflicts with what is already bound in the app domain or specified in the manifest. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131053)
    • Got this error too. :(
    • I have the same error also. :(
    • Great found the problem. Actually the error message was explanatory to me and figure out what went wrong.
      The error point to the System.Xml.Serialization.dll file ver:
      But if you load the extension to LS it replaces this file with an older version. What you have to do is remove that file from the project and reference the right version. 
      Hope it helps others.
    • Go to "File View" and add reference to System.Xml.Serialization.dll in Client project...
  • Kindly Update Extension for Use in LightSwitch 2012
    5 Posts | Last post February 23, 2013
    • Hi Julian
      It will be very helpful to all of us if you update the extension for use in visual studio Lightswitch 2012.
    • I'm interested in that update, too!
    • Me as well :) Nice work btw!
    • very Amazing theme, but any news to update the extension for use in visual studio Lightswitch 2012.
    • Soon..
  • Sourcecode
    2 Posts | Last post December 08, 2012
    • no plan to release the source of the extension?
    • source link in description tab
  • Localization for the theme
    2 Posts | Last post December 08, 2012
    • Hello Julian,
      First let me thank you for this beautiful theme.
      I have a few of questions:
      1. Can you release some documentation on how to localize the theme? (i.e. translate the configuration screen and the 'More' button)
      2. Is there any way to add/change the color options? (i.e. add a new color set combination or replace the colors of an existing one)
      3. Would you consider releasing the source code (or have a pay-option to get the source)?
      Thank you in advance.
    • source link in description tab, localize the theme in Client\Presentation\Converters\LocalizedStringsConverter.cs and to modify existing themes will be a little more work, but can start in Client\ Presentation\Converters\ThemeIndexToColorPaletteConverter.cs
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