Windows 10 UWP – Template 10 Mobile Status Bar


Template 10 is a set of Visual Studio project templates for Windows 10 XAML / C# apps.

In my previous post I set the app theme to Light and found that the status bar was completely white on Windows 10 Mobile. The status icons were no longer visible.

Before we can make changes to the status bar we first need to add Windows Mobile Extensions for the UWP  to our references:

In the Solution Explorer right click on References and then click Add Reference. In the left pane select Universal Windows and then Extensions from the drop down menu. In the right hand pane select Windows Mobile Extensions for the UWP and click OK.

Now we can customize the status bar by adding the highlighted code to App.xaml.cs.

public override async Task OnStartAsync(StartKind startKind, IActivatedEventArgs args)
            // TODO: add your long-running task here
            await NavigationService.NavigateAsync(typeof(Views.MainPage));
            //Set StatusBar background and foreground colors
            if (Windows.Foundation.Metadata.ApiInformation.IsTypePresent("Windows.UI.ViewManagement.StatusBar"))

                var statusBar = StatusBar.GetForCurrentView();
                if (statusBar != null)
                    statusBar.BackgroundOpacity = 1;
                    statusBar.BackgroundColor = Colors.Orange;
                    statusBar.ForegroundColor = Colors.White;

Next just add the required using statements as prompted by Visual Studio.

As you can see I set the background color to orange and the text to white:



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Windows 10 UWP – Setting a Light Theme in Template 10


Template 10 is a set of Visual Studio project templates for Window 10 XAML / C# apps. By default Template 10 uses the Dark theme.

If you need to switch the Light theme you can add the following code to App.xaml in <common:Bootstrapper:


To see this change in the designer, save changes and restart Visual Studio.

Template 10 – Error CS0234 The type or namespace name ‘ApplicationInsights’ does not exist


Template 10 is set of Visual Studio templates for Windows 10 UWP C# and XAML applications. For those who are interested there is a whole course about Template 10 on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site.

Once you have installed Template 10 via NuGet you will find that your project fails to build with the following error:

Error CS0234 The type or namespace name ‘ApplicationInsights’ does not exist in the namespace ‘Microsoft’ (are you missing an assembly reference?)

The solution is to add the following references to ApplicationInsights in project.json dependencies:

	"Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.PersistenceChannel": "1.0.0",
	"Microsoft.ApplicationInsights": "1.0.0", 
	"Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.WindowsApps": "1.0.0",

You should then be able to build and run your Template 10 project.

The full project.json is as follows:

  "dependencies": {
    "Microsoft.NETCore.UniversalWindowsPlatform": "5.1.0",
	"Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.PersistenceChannel": "1.0.0",
	"Microsoft.ApplicationInsights": "1.0.0", 
	"Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.WindowsApps": "1.0.0", 
    "Microsoft.Xaml.Behaviors.Uwp.Managed": "1.1.0",
    "Newtonsoft.Json": "8.0.3",
    "Template10": "1.1.*"
  "frameworks": {
    "uap10.0": {}
  "runtimes": {
    "win10-arm": {},
    "win10-arm-aot": {},
    "win10-x86": {},
    "win10-x86-aot": {},
    "win10-x64": {},
    "win10-x64-aot": {}


Windows Phone 8.1 Runtime – Forcing Light or Dark Theme


In Windows Phone 8.1 Runtime apps we can set the theme for the app or for each page.

To set the them for the whole app add the highlighted code to App.xaml:


For RequestedTheme you can choose light or dark. To set the theme per page use:

<Page x:Name="page"  RequestedTheme="Dark">


Windows Phone Dev – Disabling the Tilt Animation on a ListView


I am working on a Windows Phone 8.1 Runtime app and have a ListView to display data on a detail page. The problem is that by default the tilt animation is enabled. This is not wanted because it gives visual feedback to the user that something should happen when the object is tapped.

To disable this behavior we need to create a copy of the default style of the ListView as follows:

Right click on the ListView in the designer and then select: Edit Additional Templates, Edit Generated Item Container (ItemContainerStyle), Edit a Copy…

A copy of the default style will be placed in your XAML.

Find the PointerUpThemeAnimation and PointerDownThemeAnimation Storyboards and remove them (or comment them out if you prefer):

     <VisualTransition From="Pressed"
             <PointerUpThemeAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="TiltContainer" />
     <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
     <VisualState x:Name="Pressed">
            <PointerDownThemeAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="TiltContainer" />


Windows Phone Dev – Setting Style Properties for ListView


I wanted to style the background color for my ListView – so first I defined my style (ListViewBorder), in App.xaml:

<Style x:Key="ListViewBorder"
       <Setter Property="Template">
               <ControlTemplate TargetType="ListViewItem">
                   <Border Name="Border"
                       <ContentPresenter />

Then I bound my ListViewBorder to the ItemContainerStyle:

<Grid Grid.Row="1"
       <ListView x:Name="groupListView"
                 ItemsSource="{Binding AllGroups}"
                 ItemContainerStyle="{StaticResource ListViewBorder}"
                 ItemTemplate="{StaticResource RecipeGroupDataTemplate}"
                 Margin="0,10,0,0" />

Here’s the before and after results:


Custom ListView color



Windows Phone Dev – Making the Status Bar blend with your App


I’m working on a WinRT app for Windows Phone 8.1 and I wanted the app to blend in with the Status Bar more.

For this example I have added the highlighted code to my MainPage.xaml.cs:

        public MainPage()

            this.navigationHelper = new NavigationHelper(this);
            this.navigationHelper.LoadState += navigationHelper_LoadState;

            // Make Status Bar part of the screen



In my MainPage.xaml I have simply specified a border background around my first stackpanel:

&lt;!-- TitlePanel --&gt;
        &lt;Border Background=&quot;#0050EF&quot;&gt;
            &lt;StackPanel Grid.Row=&quot;0&quot;
                &lt;TextBlock x:Uid=&quot;RegionsPageHeader&quot;
                           Style=&quot;{StaticResource TitleTextBlockStyle}&quot;
                           SelectionChanged=&quot;TextBlock_SelectionChanged&quot; /&gt;

As you can see from the screenshot the Status bar and my textblock now share the same color.