Full screen Silverlight apps

Full screen Silverlight apps

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At the end of last week, a question came up about whether Silverlight was capable of delivering apps that go beyond the browser frame.  I thought I had recalled a sample that did this up on the Silverlight gallery but couldn't locate it, so I did a little more digging.  I'm pleased to inform you that if you have a requirement for this, it's pretty simple and easy to do.

The trick lies in setting the Application.Current.Host.Content object's IsFullScreen property to true - the only thing you'll need to take note of is that the transition to full screen must be done in response to user input (for security reasons.)  The following XAML + code illustrate (please don't mind the color scheme of the gradient fill.)

XAML:

<UserControl x:Class="AgFullScreen.Page"

    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/client/2007"

    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"

    >

    <Canvas x:Name="MyCanvas">

        <Canvas.Background>

            <LinearGradientBrush>

                <GradientStop Offset="0" Color="Orange"/>

                <GradientStop Offset="0.5" Color="Bisque"/>

                <GradientStop Offset="1" Color="LightGreen"/>

            </LinearGradientBrush>

        </Canvas.Background>

        <Button x:Name="MyButton" Canvas.Left="20" Canvas.Top="20" Content="Full Screen?" Height="50" Width="100"/>

        <Button x:Name="MyOtherButton" Canvas.Left="20" Canvas.Top="120" Content="Not Full Screen?" Height="50" Width="100"/>

    </Canvas>

</UserControl>

Code:

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Windows;

using System.Windows.Controls;

using System.Windows.Documents;

using System.Windows.Input;

using System.Windows.Media;

using System.Windows.Media.Animation;

using System.Windows.Shapes;

 

namespace AgFullScreen

{

    public partial class Page : UserControl

    {

        public Page()

        {

            InitializeComponent();

            this.MyButton.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(MyButton_Click);

            this.MyOtherButton.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(MyOtherButton_Click);

        }

 

        void MyButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

        {

            //get the plugin content object

            System.Windows.Interop.Content content = Application.Current.Host.Content;

            content.IsFullScreen = true;

        }

 

        void MyOtherButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

        {

            //get the plugin content object

            System.Windows.Interop.Content content = Application.Current.Host.Content;

            content.IsFullScreen = false;

        }

    }

}

Have fun with this, but please don't abuse full screen apps.  :)

  • As full screen Silverlight apps do not have keyboard support, they are just about useless. So you don't need to worry about people abusing them.

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