Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform – Web Browser

Step 1

Download Visual Studio Community 2015 and install it onto your computer, if it’s already downloaded and installed select Launch to start Visual Studio Community 2015 or if it has already been downloaded and installed then start the application you may also need to Enable your device for development.

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Step 2

Once Visual Studio Community 2015 has started select File, then New, then Project… from the Menu.

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Step 3

From the New Project window select Visual C# from Installed, Templates then select Blank App (Windows Universal) from the list, then type in a Name and select a Location to save to before selecting Ok to create the Project.

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Step 4

Once done select from the Menu, Project, then Add New Item…

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Step 5

From the Add New Item window select Visual C# from Installed then select Code File from the list, then type in the Name as Library.cs before selecting Add to add the file to the Project

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Step 6

Once in the Code View for Library.cs the following should be entered:

using System;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Input;

public class Library
{
    public void Back(ref WebView web)
    {
        if (web.CanGoBack)
        {
            web.GoBack();
        }
    }

    public void Forward(ref WebView web)
    {
        if (web.CanGoForward)
        {
            web.GoForward();
        }
    }

    public void Go(ref WebView web, string value, KeyRoutedEventArgs args)
    {
        if (args.Key == Windows.System.VirtualKey.Enter)
        {
            try
            {
                web.Navigate(new Uri(value));
            }
            catch
            {

            }
            web.Focus(FocusState.Keyboard);
        }
    }
}

It should then appear as such:

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Step 7

From the Solution Explorer select MainPage.xaml

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Step 8

Select from the Menu, View then Designer

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Step 9

The Design View will be displayed along with the XAML View and in this above <Grid Background=”{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}”> enter the following XAML:

<Page.BottomAppBar>
	<AppBar IsOpen="True" IsSticky="True">
		<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
			<AppBarButton Icon="Back" Label="Back" Click="Back_Click"/>
			<AppBarButton Icon="Forward" Label="Forward" Click="Forward_Click"/>
			<AppBarButton Icon="Refresh" Label="Refresh" Click="Refresh_Click"/>
			<AppBarButton Icon="Cancel" Label="Stop" Click="Stop_Click"/>
		</StackPanel>
	</AppBar>
</Page.BottomAppBar>

While still in the XAML View below <Grid Background=”{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}”>enter the following XAML:

<Grid>
	<Grid.RowDefinitions>
		<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
		<RowDefinition Height="*"/>
	</Grid.RowDefinitions>
	<TextBox Grid.Row="0" Margin="20" Name="Value" VerticalAlignment="Center" InputScope="Url" KeyDown="Go_KeyDown"/>
	<WebView Grid.Row="1" Margin="20" Name="Display" NavigationCompleted="Web_NavigationCompleted"/>
</Grid>

It should appear as such:

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Step 10

Select from the Menu, View then Code

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Step 11

Once in the Code View below the public MainPage() { … } the following should be entered:

public Library Library = new Library();

private void Back_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Library.Back(ref Display);
}

private void Forward_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Library.Forward(ref Display);
}

private void Refresh_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Display.Refresh();
}

private void Stop_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Display.Stop();
}

private void Go_KeyDown(object sender, KeyRoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Library.Go(ref Display, Value.Text, e);
}

private void Web_NavigationCompleted(WebView sender, WebViewNavigationCompletedEventArgs args)
{
	if (args.IsSuccess)
	{
		Value.Text = args.Uri.ToString();
	}
}

It should then appear as such:

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Step 12

That completes the Windows Universal Application so Save the Project then select the Debug and Simulator option to run the Application

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Step 13

Once the Simulator has started the Application should then appear

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Step 14

After the Application has started running you can then type in the URL of any website then press or tap enter to load it. You can go Back and Forward through any websites loaded plus Refresh to reload a displayed website and Stop to stop one from loading.

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Step 15

To Exit the application select Stop Debugging in Visual Studio Community 2015

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Step 16

Another option is to run as a Windows Phone application, select Debug and select Emulator 10.0.1.0 WVGA 4 inch 512MB option to run the Application

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Step 17

Once the Emulator has started the Application should then appear

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Step 18

After the Application has started running you can then type in the URL of any website then press or tap enter to load it. You can go Back and Forward through any websites loaded plus Refresh to reload a displayed website and Stop to stop one from loading.

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Step 19

To Exit the application select Stop Debugging in Visual Studio Community 2015

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4 thoughts on “Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform – Web Browser

  1. Ive been doing a similar project but haven’t been able to work how to implement multiple tabs that can be toggled between.

    Do you have any articles about this or do you have any links you could share with me?

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    • You could use a Pivot view to put multiple Web Browser views on, there aren’t really “tabs” built into UWP but this could work if only want a few, but for more then tab control might be useful, not sure of any but see if can find one that might work

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