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Setting Charm Flyout in Windows Store Apps Using C#

Posted by Gaurav Gupta Articles | Windows Store Apps October 09, 2012
In this article I will show you how to integrate your own Setting Flyout in Standard Setting FlyoutCharm.
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Today I will talk about the flyout for the setting pane in the Windows Store Apps. Usually the user used the standard SettingFlyout to apply the setting in the application. The standard SettingFlyout is open from the right side window when the mouse is tapped in the right-bottom corner of the window. It also consists in the back button at the top.

But, you can also also integrate an application setting UI with this standard SettingCharm to configure your own application. The developer can put their own setting options and are able to customize the settingcharm of Windows 8. Now, when the user opens the setting charm it will display a customized setting flyout for the application.

In this article I will show you how to add a Setting Charm Flyout to a Windows Store Application by using the ApplicationSettings API.

To create another Setting Charm Control you should use the followng.

Step 1

Create a blank application using C#.

Step 2

You need to add a CharmFlyout library in the application.

  • Go to Solution Explorer.
  • Right-click on the References and select Manage NuGet Packages.
  • Install the NuGet Package Manager if you have not already.
  • Click Online. Search for CharmFlyout.
  • Then, click Install.
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Step 3

Add the namespace of the CharmFlyoutLibrary in the MainPage.XAML; see:

xmlns:cfo="using:CharmFlyoutLibrary"

Step 4

Now to add the CharmFlyout Control using XAML:

<Page

    x:Class="CharmFlayout.MainPage"

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

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

    xmlns:local="using:CharmFlayout"

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

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

    xmlns:cfo="using:CharmFlyoutLibrary"

    mc:Ignorable="d">

 

    <Grid Background="{StaticResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">

        <StackPanel>

            <Button x:Name="asdf" Content="Show SettingFlyout" Click="asdf_Click_1"></Button>

        </StackPanel>

        <cfo:CharmFlyout x:Name="cfoAbout"

            Heading="My About"

            HeadingBackgroundBrush="#FF4E0000">

            <StackPanel>

                <ListView>

                    <ListViewItem>Select Theme</ListViewItem>

                    <ListViewItem>My Setting</ListViewItem>                  

                </ListView>

            </StackPanel>

            <cfo:CharmFlyout.Logo>

                <Rectangle

                    Fill="Green"

                    Width="30"

                    Height="30" />

            </cfo:CharmFlyout.Logo>

        </cfo:CharmFlyout>

        <cfo:CharmFlyout

            x:Name="cfbout"

            Heading="My About"

            HeadingBackgroundBrush="#FF4E0000">

            <StackPanel>

                <TextBlock

                    FontSize="16">This is the CharmFlyout by Gaurv</TextBlock>

                <TextBlock

                    FontSize="16">For support:</TextBlock>

                <HyperlinkButton

                   >Setting CharmFlyout</HyperlinkButton>

            </StackPanel>

            <cfo:CharmFlyout.Logo>

                <Rectangle

                    Fill="Green"

                    Width="30"

                    Height="30" />

            </cfo:CharmFlyout.Logo>

        </cfo:CharmFlyout>

        <cfo:CharmFlyout

            x:Name="cfoSettings"

            Heading="My Settings"

            HeadingBackgroundBrush="#FF4E0000">

            <StackPanel>

                <TextBlock

                    FontSize="16">View Setting</TextBlock>

                <TextBlock

                    FontSize="16">Dispaly Setting</TextBlock>

                <TextBlock

                    FontSize="16">Account Setting C</TextBlock>

                <Grid

                    Background="#FF4E0000" HorizontalAlignment="Left">                   

                </Grid>

            </StackPanel>

        </cfo:CharmFlyout>

    </Grid>

</Page>

In the above code I put 3 CharmFlyouts in the page.

Note: Do not put a CharmFlyout in any parent control such as Stackpanel as it will restrict its size.

Step 5

Now we are able to open any of the CharmFlyouts using code behind.

Here is the coding of MainPage.xaml.cs file.

First of all we must associate an event handler of this settingcharm. This event occurs when the user taps the SettingCharm for the setting. The following associates an event handler:
 

SettingsPane.GetForCurrentView().CommandsRequested += CommandsRequested;

Now, create the commands for the SettingFlayout charm that is open and associate the user-defined flyouts to the SettingPane; see:
 

private void CommandsRequested(SettingsPane sender, SettingsPaneCommandsRequestedEventArgs args)

{

    args.Request.ApplicationCommands.Add(new SettingsCommand("a", "My About", (p) => { cfbout.IsOpen = true; }));

    args.Request.ApplicationCommands.Add(new SettingsCommand("s", "My Settings", (p) => { cfoSettings.IsOpen = true; }));

}

I earlier put a button on the page. Now, we open the SettingCharm Flyout on the button click event.
 

cfoAbout.IsOpen = true;

Step 6

Now build the application and run it. Click on the Show SettingFlyout button.

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