Open a WPF Window from WinForms

If you find yourself in need to open a WPF Window from a WinForms program - this is one way to do it (works for me):

1) Create/Add a new project of type "WPF Custom Control Library"

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2) Add a new Item of type "Window (WPF)"

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3) Do your thing with the WPF Window

4) From your WinForms app, create and open the WPF Window:

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.Integration;
var wpfwindow = new WPFWindow.Window1();
ElementHost.EnableModelessKeyboardInterop(wpfwindow);
wpfwindow.Show();

There you go!

The EnableModelessKeyboardInterop() call is necessary to handle keyboard input in the WPF window if loaded from a non-WPF host like WinForms. I understand there are other ways to do this and you can read more about WPF/WinForms interop here.

Published Tuesday, July 29, 2008 8:31 PM by jdanforth
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