Display Data on the Blank Screen in LightSwitch Using Visual Studio 2012

This article describes how to display data on a blank screen in LightSwitch using Visual Studio 2012.

Procedure for displaying data on a blank screen in LightSwitch using Visual Studio 2012

Step 1

Open the Solution Explorer.

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Step 2

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Data Source and choose "Add Table".

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Step 3

The table appears.

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Step 4

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Screens and choose "Add Screen".

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Step 5

Select the EditableGrid Screen from the Screen Template. Under Screen Information we provide the Screen Name but do not select any Screen Data and then click "OK".

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Step 6

The Editable Employee Grid Designer (Blank Designer) appears.

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Step 7

In the Menu bar click on "Add Data Item".

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Step 8

The Add Data Item Dialog box appears.

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Step 9

Select "Local Property" from the Add Data Item.


Step 10

Under Local Property select the type and check the checkbox on the basis whether the Type Is Required or not and provide a name for it. Here I provided the name "My TextBox".


Step 11

From the "Write Code" option, select the InitializeDataWorkspace method and do some coding as shown.


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;

namespace LightSwitchApplication


    public partial class EditableGrid


        partial void EditableGrid_InitializeDataWorkspace(List<IDataService> saveChangesTo)


            // Write your code here.

            this.MyTextBox = "String Type Text";





Step 12

Now drag the My TextBox Property onto your screen where ever you want.

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Step 13

The Property Window appears.

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Step 14

In the Property Window change the Control Type to "TextBox" and set the Label Position to "collapsed".

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Press F5 to run the application.

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