Using XAML StatusBar in WPF

XAML StatusBar represents a status bar. A StatusBar is a horizontal window that usually sits at the bottom of a window to display various kinds of status information of an application. This tutorial shows you how to use a StatusBar in WPF.


The StatusBar element in XAML represents a WPF StatusBar control.

  1. <StatusBar></StatusBar>  
The Width and Height properties represent the width and the height of a StatusBar. The Name property represents the name of the control that is a unique identifier of a control.

The following code snippet creates a StatusBar control and set its content to some text.
  1. <StatusBar Name="McSBar" Height="30" VerticalAlignment="Bottom"  
  2.            Background="LightBlue" >       
  3.     This is a status bar         
  4. </StatusBar>  
The output looks as in Figure 1.

status bar
                                                   Figure 1

Creating a StatusBar Dynamically

The StatusBar class in WPF represents a StatusBar control. This class is defined in using the System.Windows.Controls.Primitives namespace. Before you use this class, be sure to import this namespace.

You may add any number of controls to a StatusBar control. For example, if you add images, a TextBox, TextBlock and/or other controls and place that StatusBar on a Window. The following code snippet creates a StatusBar at run-time and adds a TextBox to it.
  1. private void CreateDynamicStatusBar()  
  2. {  
  3.     StatusBar sBar = new StatusBar();  
  4.     sBar.Height = 30;  
  5.     sBar.Background = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.LightBlue);  
  7.     TextBox tb = new TextBox();  
  8.     tb.Text = "This is a status bar";  
  9.     sBar.Items.Add(tb);          
  10.     LayoutRoot.Children.Add(sBar);  
  11. }  

In this article, I discussed how to create and use a StatusBar control available in WPF.

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