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Fixing the AppBarButtonStyle for ToggleButton support in your Win8 apps

With the RTM release of Visual Studio 2012 the Visual Studio team made some improvements to the various AppBar button styles. One of these awesome improvements was to add support for ToggleButtons. Now you can use any of these out-of-the-box styles with Buttons AND ToggleButtons. This is pretty awesome… Except for the fact that the style is missing a required TextBlock. This TextBlock toggles the color of the button. Without it you do not get a visual indication that the ToggleButton is checked. Even worse, is that the application crashes when the ToggleButton is checked. To fix this, open the StandardStyles.xaml file and go to the AppBarButtonStyle. Insert the following line directly under the “BackgroundGlyph” TextBlock <TextBlock x:Name="BackgroundCheckedGlyph" Visibility="Collapsed" Text="&#xE0A8;" FontFamily="Segoe UI Symbol" FontSize="53.333" Margin="-4,-19,0,0" Foreground="{StaticResource AppBarItemForegroundThemeBrush}"/> After inserting that line, th... [More]

Easily share status with your WinRT App (AKA Share Source Charm)

There are two types of way to share use the Share Charm win Windows8. Your app can be a Share Source, or a Share Target. Think of Share Target as your email or Twitter/Facebook apps. Share Source is everything else. I was  trying to add in the ability to share status within an app and thought it would be a pretty easy thing to do. It was easy, but took me awhile searching the web to find out how to do it.  I’m hoping to make that a little easier for you. The first thing is to tell the app that users have the ability to share from your app. I thought this was going to be hidden in the app manifest file but was surprised to discover that this is done in code. To register your app as one that can share information, you must subscribe to the DataRequested event from the DataTransferManager. var dataTransferManager = DataTransferManager.GetForCurrentView(); dataTransferManager.DataRequested += DataTransferManagerOnDataRequested; I found one example o... [More]