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Pinned the Secondary Tile to Start Screen in Windows Store App Using C#

Posted by Gaurav Gupta Articles | Windows Store Apps August 17, 2012
In this article we are going to learn how to use a secondary tile in a Metro Style application using C#.
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Today we will learn how to create a Secondary Tile in a Metro Style Application. Secondary tiles are associated with a single parent app and allows the user to directly access a specific location inside an app. This means it enables a user to pin specific content or experiences from an app to the Start screen, to have direct access to that content or experience.

When the user clicks on the secondary tile, it immediately launches the parent app. Generally we can create a secondary tile which is most often in the UI as the Pin to Start option. To pin content means to create a secondary tile for it.

It may be noted here that only users can pin a secondary tile and apps do not have the ability to create and pin secondary tiles programmatically without user approval. Although users also have explicit control over secondary tiles such as removal and search, from the Start screen.

This article walks you through the steps of how to create a secondary tile for an app in a Metro Style Application using C# and pin it to the Start screen.

Step 1: First, we create some UI layout for the application. Use a button that enables you to create a secondary tile, as in:

<Page

    x:Class="tiles.MainPage"

    IsTabStop="false"

    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"

    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"

    xmlns:local="using:tiles"

    xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"

    xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"

    mc:Ignorable="d">

 

    <Grid Background="#FFE63939" >

        <StackPanel>

            <Button x:Name="PinButton" Content="Pin a Secondary Tile to Start" Margin="100,50" Click="PinButton_Click"/>

            <TextBlock x:Name="Status" FontSize="40" Foreground="red"></TextBlock>

        </StackPanel>

    </Grid>

</Page>

Step 2: To create a Secondary tile we use the SecondaryTile class with its constructor. But before creating it and calling the constructor we must set some properties, as in the following code:

public static int counter = 1;

static string logoSecondaryTileId;

public static string dynamicTileId = "SecondaryTile.LiveTile";

public static string appbarTileId = "SecondaryTile.AppBar";
Uri logo = new Uri("ms-appx:///Assets/s.png");

Uri smallLogo = new Uri("ms-appx:///Assets/smallTile-sdk.png");

    // During creation of secondary tile, an application may set additional arguments on the tile that will be passed in during activation.

    // These arguments should be meaningful to the application. In this sample, we'll pass in the date and time the secondary tile was pinned.

string tileActivationArguments = MainPage.logoSecondaryTileId + " WasPinnedAt=" + DateTime.Now.ToLocalTime().ToString();

logoSecondaryTileId = "SecondaryTile.Logo" + counter.ToString();
s.DisplayName =
"mytiel";

Step 3: After setting the properties now we create an object of the SecondaryTile Class and call its constructor.

Code:

SecondaryTile s = new SecondaryTile(MainPage.logoSecondaryTileId,

                     "Title text shown on the tile", "Name of the tile the user sees when searching for the tile",

                      tileActivationArguments, TileOptions.ShowNameOnLogo,logo);


Step 4: Now, we call a method of the SecondaryTile class that enables you to pin a Secondary Tile to the Start Screen. This method pins the tile to the start screen after user confirmation and retuns a staus as a boolean value.

Code:

bool isPinned = await s.RequestCreateForSelectionAsync(MainPage.GetElementRect((FrameworkElement)sender), Windows.UI.Popups.Placement.Below);

Step 5: Now, we check the boolean result returned by the RequestCreateForSelectionAsync method and show a status message to the user.

Code:

if (isPinned)

{

   Status.Text = "Secondary tile successfully pinned.";

}

else

{

   Status.Text = "Secondary tile is not pinned.";

}

Here is the complete code of the MainPage.XAML.cs file:

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.IO;

using System.Linq;

using Windows.Foundation;

using Windows.Foundation.Collections;

using Windows.UI.StartScreen;

using Windows.UI.Xaml;

using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls.Primitives;

using Windows.UI.Xaml.Data;

using Windows.UI.Xaml.Input;

using Windows.UI.Xaml.Media;

using Windows.UI.Xaml.Navigation;

 

// The Blank Page item template is documented at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=234238

 

namespace tiles

{

    public sealed partial class MainPage : Page

    {

        public MainPage()

        {

            this.InitializeComponent();       

        }

        public static string page;

        public static int counter = 1;

        static string logoSecondaryTileId;

        public static string dynamicTileId = "SecondaryTile.LiveTile";

        public static string appbarTileId = "SecondaryTile.AppBar";

        protected override void OnNavigatedTo(NavigationEventArgs e)

        {

        }

        public static Rect GetElementRect(FrameworkElement element)

        {

            GeneralTransform buttonTransform = element.TransformToVisual(null);

            Point point = buttonTransform.TransformPoint(new Point());

            return new Rect(point, new Size(element.ActualWidth, element.ActualHeight));

        }

        void MainPage_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

        {

            // Fire the ScenarioLoaded event since we know that everything is loaded now.

            if (MainPage.logoSecondaryTileId != null)

                this.Frame.Navigate(typeof(next));

        }

        private async void PinButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

        {

            Uri logo = new Uri("ms-appx:///Assets/s.png");

            Uri smallLogo = new Uri("ms-appx:///Assets/smallTile-sdk.png");
 

            // During creation of secondary tile, an application may set additional arguments on the tile that will be passed in during activation.

            // These arguments should be meaningful to the application. In this sample, we'll pass in the date and time the secondary tile was pinned.

            string tileActivationArguments = MainPage.logoSecondaryTileId + " WasPinnedAt=" + DateTime.Now.ToLocalTime().ToString();

            logoSecondaryTileId = "SecondaryTile.Logo" + counter.ToString();

            counter++;

            // Create a 1x1 Secondary tile

            SecondaryTile s = new SecondaryTile(MainPage.logoSecondaryTileId,

                                                                "Title text shown on the tile",

                                                                "Name of the tile the user sees when searching for the tile",

                                                                tileActivationArguments,

                                                                TileOptions.ShowNameOnLogo,

                                                                logo);

            s.DisplayName = "mytiel";

            // Specify a foreground text value.

            s.ForegroundText = ForegroundText.Dark;

            bool isPinned = await s.RequestCreateForSelectionAsync(MainPage.GetElementRect((FrameworkElement)sender), Windows.UI.Popups.Placement.Below);

            // OK, the tile is created and we can now attempt to pin the tile.

            // Note that the status message is updated when the async operation to pin the tile completes.

            if (isPinned)

            {

                Status.Text = "Secondary tile successfully pinned.";

            }

            else

            {

                Status.Text = "Secondary tile is not pinned.";

            }

        }

    }

}

Step 6: Now, build the application and Press F5 to run it. Click on the button.

Pin-Secondary-Tile-In-Windows8-Apps.png

Step 7: It dispaly a PopUp window. Type the name of Secondary tile and click the Pin to Start button.

Pin-Tile-to-Start-Screen-Windows8-Apps.png

Pin-Tile-Start-Screen-In-Windows8-Apps.png

Step 8: Now go to the Start Screen. You will see the Secondary tile for the app.

Start-Screen-In-Windows8-Apps.png

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