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Add Static Image on the Home Screen in Visual Studio LightSwitch

By Vineet Kumar Saini on Dec 19, 2011
In this article you will see how to set a static image on the home screen in a Visual Studio LightSwitch application.

The home screen is the first screen in a LightSwitch application at run time. When we run the LightSwitch application then open the first screen i.e. called "Home Screen". We can use a static image on the home screen in our LightSwitch application.

  • A Home screen is the starting page of LightSwitch application
  • A Home screen contains the information of a website
  • There may be many links in a Home screen to other part of web site
  • Home screen is initial page which WWW browser shows? covering page of the web site? or web pages on the whole?
  • For a Web site developer, a home screen is the first page presented when a user selects a site or presence on the World Wide Web. It most often refers to the initial or main web page of a web site, sometimes called the front page
Step by step solution

Step 1 : Open Visual Studio LightSwitch->Right click on screen->Add screen.


Step 2 : Select list and details screen->Write screen name( Home)->Screen data (None)->Ok.


Step 3 : Click on home screen properties.


Step 4 : Select screen navigation->Select Home->Click on set.


Step 5 : Add new group in home layout.


Step 6 : Now add data item->Select local property->Type (image)->Name (Image_Logo)->Ok.


Step 7 : Move Image_Logo from Home screen to columns layout.


Step 8 : Expand image logo->Select image viewer.


Step 9 : Go to image logo property->Select control type (image viewer) and label position (none).


Step 10 : Click write code->Select Home_InitializeDataWorkspace.


Code :

using System.Linq;
using System.IO;
using System.IO.IsolatedStorage;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Microsoft.LightSwitch;
using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Framework.Client;
using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Presentation;
using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Presentation.Extensions;
namespace LightSwitchApplication
    public partial class Home
        partial void Home_InitializeDataWorkspace(List<IDataService> saveChangesTo)
            // Write your code here.
            Image_Logo = GetImageByName("welcome.jpg");
        private byte[] GetImageByName(string fileName)
            System.Reflection.Assembly assembly = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly();
            Stream stream = assembly.GetManifestResourceStream(fileName);
            return GetStreamAsByteArray(stream);
        private byte[] GetStreamAsByteArray(System.IO.Stream stream)
            int streamLength = Convert.ToInt32(stream.Length);
            byte[] fileData = new byte[streamLength];
            stream.Read(fileData, 0, streamLength);
            return fileData;

Step 11 : Now click on file view.


Step 12 : Right click on client->Add->Existing item.


Step 13 : Now you will see welcome. jpg exist in client.


Step 14 : Go to file property->Select build action embedded resource.


Step 15 : Run application (Press F5).Now you will see welcome image in your Home screen.