If you set IsEnabled = false, in the RadComboBox then (in the Office 2016 theme) the entire box is faded, including the text. A suggestion in the forum was to set IsHitTestVisible to false, as well as IsTabStop. This works, but it means that the dropdown button still looks enabled. It would be nice if IsReadOnly did what I wanted, but it doesn't. Therefore, either a way to set the Visibility/Opacity of the dropdown button. Or alternatively, modify the theme(s) to make the text more visible when the box is IsEnabled is set to false, in the same way as the standard ComboBox. I'm aware that I can modify the template myself, but it'd be nicer if it was built in.