Windows 10 – Universal Windows Platform – Custom Checkbox

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 Solution Explorer select App.xaml

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Step 6

Select from the Menu, View then Designer

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Step 7

The XAML View will be displayed and in this above </Application> enter the following XAML:

<Application.Resources>
	<Style x:Key="CustomCheckbox" TargetType="CheckBox">
		<Setter Property="Background" Value="Transparent"/>
		<Setter Property="Foreground" Value="{ThemeResource SystemControlForegroundBaseHighBrush}"/>
		<Setter Property="Padding" Value="5,5,0,0"/>
		<Setter Property="HorizontalAlignment" Value="Left"/>
		<Setter Property="VerticalAlignment" Value="Center"/>
		<Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment" Value="Left"/>
		<Setter Property="VerticalContentAlignment" Value="Top"/>
		<Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="{ThemeResource ContentControlThemeFontFamily}"/>
		<Setter Property="FontSize" Value="{ThemeResource ControlContentThemeFontSize}"/>
		<Setter Property="UseSystemFocusVisuals" Value="True"/>
		<Setter Property="Template">
			<Setter.Value>
				<ControlTemplate TargetType="CheckBox">
					<Grid BorderBrush="{TemplateBinding BorderBrush}" 
						  BorderThickness="{TemplateBinding BorderThickness}" 
						  Background="{TemplateBinding Background}">
						<Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
							<ColumnDefinition Width="30"/>
							<ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
						</Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
						<VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
							<VisualStateGroup x:Name="CombinedStates">
								<VisualState x:Name="UncheckedNormal"/>
								<VisualState x:Name="CheckedNormal">
									<Storyboard>
										<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Opacity" 
											Storyboard.TargetName="InnerRectangle">
											<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="1"/>
										</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
									</Storyboard>
								</VisualState>
								<VisualState x:Name="CheckedPressed">
									<Storyboard>
										<ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="Opacity" 
											Storyboard.TargetName="InnerRectangle">
											<DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="1"/>
										</ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
									</Storyboard>
								</VisualState>
							</VisualStateGroup>
						</VisualStateManager.VisualStateGroups>
						<Grid>
							<Rectangle x:Name="NormalRectangle" Height="30" Width="30" RadiusY="10" RadiusX="10"   
								UseLayoutRounding="False" StrokeThickness="2" Stroke="Salmon" Fill="LightSalmon"/>
							<Rectangle x:Name="InnerRectangle" Height="20" Width="20" RadiusY="4" RadiusX="4"   
								UseLayoutRounding="False" StrokeThickness="2" Stroke="Goldenrod" Fill="Gold" Opacity="0"/>
						</Grid>
						<ContentPresenter x:Name="ContentPresenter" Grid.Column="1" 
							AutomationProperties.AccessibilityView="Raw" 
							ContentTemplate="{TemplateBinding ContentTemplate}" 
							ContentTransitions="{TemplateBinding ContentTransitions}" 
							Content="{TemplateBinding Content}" 
							HorizontalAlignment="{TemplateBinding HorizontalContentAlignment}" 
							Margin="{TemplateBinding Padding}" TextWrapping="Wrap" 
							VerticalAlignment="{TemplateBinding VerticalContentAlignment}"/>
					</Grid>
				</ControlTemplate>
			</Setter.Value>
		</Setter>
	</Style>
</Application.Resources>

It should appear as such:

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Step 8

From the Solution Explorer select MainPage.xaml

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Step 9

Select from the Menu, View then Designer

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Step 10

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

<CheckBox Content="Checkbox" VerticalAlignment="Center" 
	HorizontalAlignment="Center" Style="{StaticResource CustomCheckbox}"/>

It should appear as such:

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Step 11

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

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Step 12

Once the Simulator has started the Application should then appear

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Step 13

After the Application has started running you can tap the Checkbox to set it to Checked or Unchecked in the Application

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Step 14

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

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Step 15

Another option is to run as a Windows 10 Mobile application, select Debug and select Emulator 10.0.10586.0 WVGA 4 inch 512MB option to run the Application

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Step 16

Once the Emulator has started the Application should then appear

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Step 17

After the Application has started running you can tap the Checkbox to set it to Checked or Unchecked in the Application

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Step 18

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

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