Tim Gabrhel

Uniform grid layouts in WP8.1 Runtime Apps

With the advent of multiple device resolutions on Windows Phone, the challenge to provide a consistent experience across devices and resolutions increases. One of these specific challenges is providing a consistent grid layout, a concept very familiar to Windows Phone. As seen in the screenshot below, it’s not straight forward to fully utilize the full dimensions of the screen, while providing a nicely spaced grid.

Lead image credit goes to MVP Martin Suchan on Twitter

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Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT Context Menus

If you search for Windows Phone 8.1 Context Menu, you’ll likely be riddled with Silverlight solutions, just as I did. Luckily, since Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT shares many components of Windows 8, using a context menu on your list data is quite simple, provided you know how to search for it. I was lucky to stumble upon the Menu Flyout so I’m here to share my finding.

WinRT MenuFlyout

MSDN has a great example on Menu Flyouts. A menu flyout in Windows 8 is a simple popup menu relative to the control the user is interacting with. On Windows Phone 8.1, this MenuFlyout control will be displayed as a full width popup, mimicking the context menu known to Windows Phone. Head over to MSDN to see the example.

Hope this helps.

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