Switching From Grid to List in Windows Store App


In this article I describe how to create a Windows Store App for switching from a Grid to a List using JavaScript. This app demonstrates how to switch layouts within the ListView. To ensure that your items are correctly sized ensure that they are smaller than 302px.

I assume you can create a simple Windows Store App using JavaScript; for more help visit Simple Windows Store Apps using JavaScript.

To start the creation of the app, add one JavaScript page by right-clicking on the js folder in the Solution Explorer and select "Add" > "New item" > "JavaScript Page" and then provide an appropriate name. In the same way, add a HTML page to your project.


Write the following code in the default.html

<!DOCTYPE html>



    <meta charset="utf-8" />


    <link rel="stylesheet" href="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/css/ui-light.css" />

    <script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/base.js"></script>

    <script src="//Microsoft.WinJS.1.0/js/ui.js"></script>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/default.css" />

    <script src="/js/default.js"></script>


<body role="application" style="background-color:lightgoldenrodyellow">

    <center><div id="rootGrid">

        <div id="content">

            <h1 id="featureLabel"></h1>

            <div id="contentHost"></div>






Write the following code in the default.js

(function () {

    "use strict";

    var appTitle = "";

    var pages = [

        { url: "page.html" }


    function activated(eventObject) {

        if (eventObject.detail.kind === Windows.ApplicationModel.Activation.ActivationKind.launch) {

            eventObject.setPromise(WinJS.UI.processAll().then(function () {

                var url = WinJS.Application.sessionState.lastUrl || pages[0].url;

                return WinJS.Navigation.navigate(url);




    WinJS.Navigation.addEventListener("navigated", function (eventObject) {

        var url = eventObject.detail.location;

        var host = document.getElementById("contentHost");

        host.winControl && host.winControl.unload && host.winControl.unload();


        eventObject.detail.setPromise(WinJS.UI.Pages.render(url, host, eventObject.detail.state).then(function () {

            WinJS.Application.sessionState.lastUrl = url;



    WinJS.Namespace.define("App", {

        appTitle: appTitle,

        pages: pages


    WinJS.Application.addEventListener("activated", activated, false);



Write the following code in the page.html

<!DOCTYPE html>




    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/page3.css" />

    <script src="/js/data.js"></script>

    <script src="/js/script.js"></script>



    <div data-win-control="App.pageInput">

        <button id="swapLayoutButton" class="action">Switch to list</button>


    <div data-win-control="App.pageOutput">

        <div id="smallListIconTextTemplate" data-win-control="WinJS.Binding.Template" style="display: none">

            <div class="smallListIconTextItem">

                <img src="#" class="smallListIconTextItem-Image" data-win-bind="src: picture" />

                <div class="smallListIconTextItem-Detail">

                    <h4 data-win-bind="innerText: title"></h4>

                    <h6 data-win-bind="innerText: text"></h6>




        <div id="listView"



            data-win-options="{ itemDataSource: myData.dataSource,

                itemTemplate: smallListIconTextTemplate,

                selectionMode: 'multi',

                tapBehavior: 'none',

                swipeBehavior: 'select',

                layout: { type: WinJS.UI.GridLayout }






Write the following code in the script.js

(function () {

    "use strict";

    var page = WinJS.UI.Pages.define("page.html", {

        ready: function (element, options) {

            var listView = element.querySelector("#listView").winControl;


            function swapLayout() {

                if (listView.layout instanceof WinJS.UI.GridLayout) {

                    listView.layout = new WinJS.UI.ListLayout();

                    WinJS.Utilities.toggleClass(listView.element, "listLayout");

                    element.querySelector("#swapLayoutButton").innerText = "Switch to grid";

                    WinJS.log && WinJS.log("You switched to List layout!", "app", "status");

                } else {

                    listView.layout = new WinJS.UI.GridLayout();

                    WinJS.Utilities.toggleClass(listView.element, "listLayout");

                    element.querySelector("#swapLayoutButton").innerText = "Switch to list";

                    WinJS.log && WinJS.log("You switched to Grid layout!", "app", "status");



            element.querySelector("#swapLayoutButton").addEventListener("click", swapLayout, false);




var myData = new WinJS.Binding.List([

        { title: "Tea", text: "Tea", picture: "/images/1.jpg" },

        { title: "Tea", text: "Tea", picture: "/images/2.jpg" },

        { title: "Tea", text: "Tea", picture: "/images/3.jpg" },

        { title: "Tea", text: "Tea", picture: "/images/4.jpg" },






In this article I described how to create a Windows Store App for switching from a grid to a list using JavaScript. I hope this article has helped you to understand this topic. Please share it. If you know more about this, your feedback and constructive contributions are welcome.