Universal Windows Platform – Tile Styles

Step 1

If not already, follow Setup and Start on how to Install and get Started with Visual Studio 2017 or in Windows 10 choose Start, and then from the Start Menu locate and select Visual Studio 2017.

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Step 2

Once Visual Studio Community 2017 has started, from the Menu choose File, then New then Project…

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

Then in New Universal Windows Project you need to select the Target Version to be Windows 10 Creators Update (10.0; Build 15063) and the Minimum Version to be at least Windows 10 Anniversary Update (10.0; Build 14393) or Windows 10 Creators Update (10.0; Build 15063)

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Step 5

From the Menu choose Project, then Add New Item…

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Step 6

From the Add New Item choose Visual C# from Installed then choose Code then select Code File and then in the Name as Library.cs and then select Add to add the file to the Project

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Step 7

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

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Windows.ApplicationModel;
using Windows.ApplicationModel.Core;
using Windows.Data.Xml.Dom;
using Windows.UI.Notifications;
using Windows.UI.StartScreen;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

public class Library
{
    public IEnumerable<string> GetTemplates()
    {
        return Enum.GetValues(typeof(TileTemplateType)).Cast<TileTemplateType>()
            .Select(s => s.ToString()).Distinct();
    }

    private void UpdateTile(string style, string value)
    {
        TileTemplateType template = (TileTemplateType)Enum.Parse(typeof(TileTemplateType), style);
        XmlDocument tile = TileUpdateManager.GetTemplateContent(template);
        XmlNodeList text = tile.GetElementsByTagName("text");
        if (text.Length > 0)
        {
            for (int i = 0; i < text.Length; i++)
            {
                text[i].AppendChild(tile.CreateTextNode(value));
            }
        }
        XmlNodeList image = tile.GetElementsByTagName("image");
        if (image.Length > 0)
        {
            for (int i = 0; i < image.Length; i++)
            {
                image[i].Attributes.GetNamedItem("src").NodeValue =
                "Assets/Square44x44Logo.scale-200.png";
            }
        }
        TileNotification notification = new TileNotification(tile);
        string output = tile.GetXml(); 
        TileUpdateManager.CreateTileUpdaterForApplication().Update(notification);
    }

    private async Task<Tuple<string, string>> Dialog()
    {
        ComboBox template = new ComboBox()
        {
            HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Stretch,
            Margin = new Thickness(5),
            ItemsSource = GetTemplates()
        };
        template.SelectedIndex = 0;
        TextBox text = new TextBox()
        {
            PlaceholderText = "Text",
            Margin = new Thickness(5)
        };
        StackPanel panel = new StackPanel()
        {
            Orientation = Orientation.Vertical
        };
        panel.Children.Add(template);
        panel.Children.Add(text);
        ContentDialog dialog = new ContentDialog()
        {
            Title = "Tile Styles",
            PrimaryButtonText = "Update",
            CloseButtonText = "Cancel",
            Content = panel
        };
        ContentDialogResult result = await dialog.ShowAsync();
        if (result == ContentDialogResult.Primary)
        {
            return new Tuple<string, string>((string)template.SelectedItem, text.Text);
        }
        return null;
    }

    public async Task<bool> PinAsync()
    {
        bool isPinned = false;
        AppListEntry entry = (await Package.Current.GetAppListEntriesAsync()).FirstOrDefault();
        if (entry != null)
        {
            isPinned = await StartScreenManager.GetDefault().ContainsAppListEntryAsync(entry);
        }
        if (!isPinned)
        {
            isPinned = await StartScreenManager.GetDefault().RequestAddAppListEntryAsync(entry);
        }
        return isPinned;
    }

    public async void Tile()
    {
        Tuple<string, string> result = await Dialog();
        if (result != null)
        {
            UpdateTile(result.Item1, result.Item2);
        }
    }
}

Step 8

Then in the Solution Explorer select MainPage.xaml

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Step 9

From the Menu choose View and then Designer

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Step 10

The Design View will be displayed along with the XAML View and in this between the Grid and /Grid elements, enter the following XAML:

<CommandBar VerticalAlignment="Bottom">
	<AppBarButton Name="Pin" Icon="Pin" Label="Pin" Click="Pin_Click"/>
	<AppBarButton Name="Tile" Icon="SetTile" Label="Tile" Click="Tile_Click"/>
</CommandBar>

It should appear as such:

xaml-tile-style

Step 11

From the Menu choose View and then Code

vs2017-view-code

Step 12

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

Library library = new Library();

private async void Pin_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	await library.PinAsync();
}

private void Tile_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
	library.Tile();
}

It should then appear as such:

code-tile-style

Step 13

That completes the Universal Windows Application so Save the Project then in Visual Studio select the Local Machine to run the Application

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Step 14

Once started the Application should then appear

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Step 15

After the Application has started running you can then select Pin to pin-to-start the Application and then select Tile display a Dialog where you select Style from the ComboBox and Text. The Tile will be displayed in Windows 10 on the Start Menu for the Application using the Template with the Text entered.

ran-tile-style

Step 16

To Exit the application select Stop in Visual Studio

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