.NET Developer, Microsoft MVP

Windows Development 93 UWP, WPF, WinForm, etc


Read and Write Windows Registry in .NET Core

Yes, you read it right! It's totally possible! Even .NET Core is designed to be cross platform, but it does not mean you can not use platform specific APIs. Take Windows Registry for example, although .NET Standard can not contain Windows API like this. But there's still a way to use Windows Regisitry in .NET Core Applications. But first, you should be absolutely clear, that using platform …

Windows .NET Core Registry

How to Remove Default FDS Effects in UWP Apps

The Fluent Design System introduced by Windows 10 from v1709 is very beautiful, the latest v1809 further refined FDS, many UWP built in controls got FDS effect by default while developers do not need to do anything. This is usually a good thing, but it can also cause performance problems for some apps. My Character Map UWP is one of the victimized apps, and let's take a look at how to remove the …

UWP FDS

Build a Pixel Ruler with UWP

In certain applications, we may need an on-screen ruler that indicates pixels on the screen. However, the only built-in ruler in UWP is within the InkToolbar control, we are not able to use it elsewhere. So, I will teach you how to build a pixel ruler which can be used anywhere in your UWP applications. The Demo App Create a new blank UWP application called PixelRulerUwp with minimal runtime …

UWP Win2D

Fix AcrylicBrush Missing on NavigationView in Windows 10 SDK 17763

Microsoft released a new version of Windows 10 UWP SDK Build 17763, you can check the What's New document for more details. But when I retarget my App to version 17763, something unexpected happens, the AcrylicBrush gone missing if I change my App runtime to version 17763. I am not sure if this is by design on 17763 or it is a bug, I am trying to contact Microsoft product group on this …

UWP

How to Fix Extended TitleBar Overlapping NavigationView PaneToggleButton

In UWP Apps, we some times extend our main view into title bar to get rid of Windows 10 default title bar. However if you are using NavigationView under extended title bar, you will find your PaneToggleButton overlapped by the title bar. And the user won't be able to click on the upper part of the button because it is where the title bar need to respond to window drag actions. This image shows …

XAML UWP

Windows Community Toolkit: Use CameraPreview to Take Photos

In UWP Apps, if we want to use the device's camera to take photos and save to a file, it is used to be some how complicated, the developer need to know about quite a lot things and also write quite a few code to get it down (As you can find the Camera examples from Microsoft offical sample code). In fact, in many cases, we just want to take a photo by the most easy and default options via the …

UWP Camera

Read System Certificates in UWP

In Windows, we can view and manage the certificates using certmgr.msc, which is a system management console included in Windows itself.  However, what if we want to view the certificates information in an UWP app? Here is the answer. First thing first, the method I use does not apply to UWP only. In fact it is from a WPF app I wrote. As Microsoft released .NET Standard 2.0, which allows …

UWP

Send Feedback in UWP Apps by Windows 10 Feedback Hub

After our app has been put on Microsoft Store, there are a lot of ways to get users to send feedback, such as email, store reviews, or even write our own API collect feedback. But in fact, Windows 10 Feedback Hub can also be used to send feedbacks for our own Apps. Those who are familiar with Windows Insider know that when Windows 10 is installed, the system has a Feedback Hub, which is usually …

UWP

Customize Acrylic Brush in UWP Applications

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Build 16299) added acrylic brush, this is a UI brush that similar to Windows 7 Aero effect. A lot in box Windows Apps, such as Calculator are updated with the acrylic brush. However, the built in brushes will not always meet our own requirments. Especially when Windows automatically disable render of acrylic, such as low power mode, or with an inactive window, …

UWP

Apply Keyboard Short Cuts in UWP

A greate Windows App requires not only mouse and touch screen friendly, but also need to think about keyboards. Especially for some common short cuts, like Undo (CTRL + Z). So that the App can provide better user experience.  So how can we define short cut keys in UWP? Take my App Tracing as example, I need to implement short cuts for Undo (CTRL + Z). First, we need to consider which …

UWP