Universal Windows Platform – Navigation View

Navigation View shows how to use the NavigationView Control to display hamburger-style navigation.

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 find 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 this should be at least the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (10.0; Build 16299) and the Minimum Version to be the same.

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The Target Version will control what features your application can use in Windows 10 so by picking the most recent version you’ll be able to take advantage of those features. To make sure you always have the most recent version, in Visual Studio 2017 select Tools Extensions and Updates… then and then see if there are any Updates

Step 5

In the Solution Explorer select MainPage.xaml

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Step 6

From the Menu choose View and then Designer

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Step 7

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

<NavigationView Name="Navigation" IsSettingsVisible="False">
	<NavigationView.MenuItems>
		<NavigationViewItem Content="Toggle" Tapped="Toggle_Tapped">
			<NavigationViewItem.Icon>
				<SymbolIcon Symbol="Accept"/>
			</NavigationViewItem.Icon>
		</NavigationViewItem>
	</NavigationView.MenuItems>
</NavigationView>

The NavigationView is used to display the hamburger-style menu and contains within its MenuItems a NavigationViewItem that can be used to toggle the visibility of the menu, this can also be done with the “hamburger” Button near the top of the control, it will also change width and visibility based on the width of the Application Window.

Step 8

From the Menu choose View and then Code

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Step 9

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

private void Toggle_Tapped(object sender, TappedRoutedEventArgs e)
{
	Navigation.IsPaneOpen = !Navigation.IsPaneOpen;
}

The Toggle_Tapped is an Event that will toggle the IsPaneOpen value of the NavigationView.

Step 10

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

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Step 11

Once the Application has started running it will be displayed with the NavigationView Control, you can use the Toggle Button to show or hide the navigation pane.

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Step 12

To Exit the Application select the Close button in the top right of the Application

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