Windows Development 89 UWP, WPF, and Other Windows Development Techniques


Fix AcrylicBrush Missing on NavigationView in Windows 10 SDK 17763

Microsoft released a new version of Windows 10 UWP SDK Build 17763, you can check the What's New document for more details. But when I retarget my App to version 17763, something unexpected happens, the AcrylicBrush gone missing if I change my App runtime to version 17763. I am not sure if this is by design on 17763 or it is a bug, I am trying to contact Microsoft product group on this problem. F...

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How to Fix Extended TitleBar Overlapping NavigationView PaneToggleButton

In UWP Apps, we some times extend our main view into title bar to get rid of Windows 10 default title bar. However if you are using NavigationView under extended title bar, you will find your PaneToggleButton overlapped by the title bar. And the user won't be able to click on the upper part of the button because it is where the title bar need to respond to window drag actions. This image shows th...

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Windows Community Toolkit: Use CameraPreview to Take Photos

In UWP Apps, if we want to use the device's camera to take photos and save to a file, it is used to be some how complicated, the developer need to know about quite a lot things and also write quite a few code to get it down (As you can find the Camera examples from Microsoft offical sample code). In fact, in many cases, we just want to take a photo by the most easy and default options via the came...

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Read System Certificates in UWP

In Windows, we can view and manage the certificates using certmgr.msc, which is a system management console included in Windows itself.  However, what if we want to view the certificates information in an UWP app? Here is the answer. First thing first, the method I use does not apply to UWP only. In fact it is from a WPF app I wrote. As Microsoft released .NET Standard 2.0, which allows me to...

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Send Feedback in UWP Apps by Windows 10 Feedback Hub

After our app has been put on Microsoft Store, there are a lot of ways to get users to send feedback, such as email, store reviews, or even write our own API collect feedback. But in fact, Windows 10 Feedback Hub can also be used to send feedbacks for our own Apps. Those who are familiar with Windows Insider know that when Windows 10 is installed, the system has a Feedback Hub, which is usually u...

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Customize Acrylic Brush in UWP Applications

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Build 16299) added acrylic brush, this is a UI brush that similar to Windows 7 Aero effect. A lot in box Windows Apps, such as Calculator are updated with the acrylic brush. However, the built in brushes will not always meet our own requirments. Especially when Windows automatically disable render of acrylic, such as low power mode, or with an inactive window, i...

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Apply Keyboard Short Cuts in UWP

A greate Windows App requires not only mouse and touch screen friendly, but also need to think about keyboards. Especially for some common short cuts, like Undo (CTRL + Z). So that the App can provide better user experience.  So how can we define short cut keys in UWP? Take my App Tracing as example, I need to implement short cuts for Undo (CTRL + Z). First, we need to consider which Control is b...

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Show Confirm Dialog When User Close UWP App

When our UWP Application deal with user data in it, e.g. like drawings or documents, we usually want to make sure user won't close the App by accident and lose their work. Just like what you see in a Office application, it will ask you if you want to save your document before close the App. For a long time, UWP could not do that in a normal way. Because it is not a general public API and it is st...

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Windows 10 秋季更新上用编程方式重启UWP应用

有时候,我们的UWP应用会要求用户重启,以应用一些设置。通常情况下,用户只能手工关闭App并再次打开完成重启的步骤。其实,在Windows 10秋季更新里,开发者已经可以通过编程方式,让用户一键完成自动重启App的工作。 比如我的“Character Map UWP”这个应用,在用户更改设置后,需要重启生效。那么第一步,就是在设置页面加一个重启按钮“Restart Now”: 然后,我们需要通过秋季更新中的全新牛逼API RequestRestartAsync(String) 来完成重启。 这个API的签名如下: public static IAsyncOperation RequestRestartAsync(String launchArguments) 如果只是为了完成重启,不需要参数,那么lauchArguments是可以留空的。 所以,在我的这个例子里,最简单...

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Automatically Set Text Color on Accent Background in UWP

Windows 10 allows users to set accent color for the system, and in UWP apps, we usually honor those settings by using XAML pre-defined resource keys like {ThemeResource SystemControlBackgroundAccentBrush}. But regardless of how the user set default app mode to dark or light, when we apply text on accent colors, it may have some problems. For example, when the App is in light mode, the default...

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