previous page, you received an
introduction to the Pivot control and how to create
a new project in Expression Blend with the Pivot
Control already inserted for you. In this page, you
will learn how to customize it with your own
Before we proceed, keep in mind that your Pivot control
is simply an empty shell. What makes it actually interesting
are the children it contains, and these are the individual
PivotItems that make up the content and header of your Pivot
control. In the following sections, you will learn how to
modify your overall Pivot control by changing what your
PivotItems are actually doing.
Adding a Pivot Item To add
more PivotItems, right click on your Pivot control and
select Add PivotItem:
You can right click on the Pivot control on your Objects
and Timeline panel or in an empty region of your Pivot
control where a PivotItem isn't selected to get the context
menu with the Add PivotItem command
When you select Add PivotItem, a blank Pivot item will be
created for you with a Grid control already in place:
You can now start populate this PIvot item without having
to do anything extra either!
Deleting a Pivot Item
This is pretty straightforward, so I am not going to dwell
on it too much. To delete a Pivot item, select it in the
Object Tree and press the Delete key or right-click and
choose Delete from the right-click menu that appears:
Changing the Header Text
By default, your PivotItems will have awesome header text
values like item1 and item2:
To make these values even more awesome, you probably want
to change it. To change the header text displayed by a
PivotItem, modify its Header property. You can find the
Header property in the Common Properties category of your
Properties Inspector when a PivotItem is selected:
Changing the Title Your
Pivot control has a title that floats above all of the
To change the title displayed, select your Pivot control
and change the Title property:
Because of where your Pivot control's Title appears,
users may associate it as your application's title, so be
cognizant of that when you are specifying a title.
Adding a Pivot Control In
this article, I only showed how to use the Pivot control
when it comes attached as part of the project template that
sets everything up for you. If you have an existing
application, you probably want to add a Pivot control
without having to create a new project.
Fortunately, that is actually quite easy. Launch your
Assets Library and search for Pivot:
You will see your Pivot control, and you can insert it
just like you would any other control.
Conclusion That is all
there is to using the Pivot control. While the actual
functionality of the control is quite elaborate, the things
you need to do to use it in your own applications is quite
minimal. And that's how it should be!
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