Add URL in Navigation Menu in Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011

As you probably know, Visual Studio LightSwitch is a tool provided by Microsoft to build business applications. In this article you will see how to add an URL to the navigation menu of a LightSwitch application.

An URL is a Uniform Resource Locator, it is also known as a web address. When we want to open a website then we write a web address in the address bar in the internet browser. If you want to add any URL in your LightSwitch navigation menu then you can do that.

Step 1 : First of all open Visual Studio LightSwitch->Click on new project->Select LightSwitch->Select LightSwitch application->Write name (AddUrl)->Ok.


Step 2 : Right-click on screens->Add screen.


Step 3 : Select new data screen->Write screen name (UrlInNavigation)->Select screen data (None)->Ok.


Step 4 : Go to Solution Explorer->Click on file view.


Step 5 : Right-click on client->Add references.


Step 6 : Select System.Windows.Browser->Ok.


Step 7 : Expand write code->Select UrlInNavigation_Run->Write code.



using System;
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;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices.Automation;
using System.Windows.Browser;
using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Client;
using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Threading;
namespace LightSwitchApplication
    public partial class Application
        partial void UrlInNavigation_Run(ref bool handled)
            // Set handled to 'true' to stop further processing.
            var uri = new Uri("", UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute);
            Dispatchers.Main.BeginInvoke(() =>
                   if (AutomationFactory.IsAvailable)
                        var shell = AutomationFactory.CreateObject("Shell.Application");
                        throw new InvalidOperationException();

Step 8 : Go to Solution Explorer->Click on logical view.


Step 9 : Right click on screens->Select edit screen navigation.


Step 10 : Select UrlInNavigation->Clear->Set.


Step 11 : Run the application (Press F5). When you will click on URL In Navigation then you will see c-sharpcorner web page will open in your LightSwitch application.



So in this article you saw how to add an URL of any web page in navigation menu of LightSwitch application.

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