[Windows 8] An application bar toggle button

To stay in the application bar stuff, here’s another useful control which enable to create an application bar button that can be toggled between two different contents/styles/commands (used to create a favorite/unfavorite or a play/pause button for example).

namespace Indeed.Controls
    public class AppBarToggleButton : Button
        public bool IsChecked
            get { return (bool)GetValue(IsCheckedProperty); }
            set { SetValue(IsCheckedProperty, value); }

        public static readonly DependencyProperty IsCheckedProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register("IsChecked", typeof(bool), typeof(AppBarToggleButton), new PropertyMetadata(false, (o, e) => (o as AppBarToggleButton).IsCheckedChanged()));

        public string CheckedContent
            get { return (string)GetValue(CheckedContentProperty); }
            set { SetValue(CheckedContentProperty, value); }

        public static readonly DependencyProperty CheckedContentProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register("CheckedContent", typeof(string), typeof(AppBarToggleButton), null);

        public ICommand CheckedCommand
            get { return (ICommand)GetValue(CheckedCommandProperty); }
            set { SetValue(CheckedCommandProperty, value); }

        public static readonly DependencyProperty CheckedCommandProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register("CheckedCommand", typeof(ICommand), typeof(AppBarToggleButton), null);

        public Style CheckedStyle
            get { return (Style)GetValue(CheckedStyleProperty); }
            set { SetValue(CheckedStyleProperty, value); }

        public static readonly DependencyProperty CheckedStyleProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register("CheckedStyle", typeof(Style), typeof(AppBarToggleButton), null);

        public bool AutoToggle
            get { return (bool)GetValue(AutoToggleProperty); }
            set { SetValue(AutoToggleProperty, value); }

        public static readonly DependencyProperty AutoToggleProperty =
            DependencyProperty.Register("AutoToggle", typeof(bool), typeof(AppBarToggleButton), null);

        private object content;
        private ICommand command;
        private Style style;

        private void IsCheckedChanged()
            if (IsChecked)
                // backup the current content and command
                content = Content;
                command = Command;
                style = Style;

                if (CheckedStyle == null) Content = CheckedContent;
                else Style = CheckedStyle;
                Command = CheckedCommand;                
                if (CheckedStyle == null) Content = content;
                else Style = style;
                Command = command;                

        protected override void OnTapped(Windows.UI.Xaml.Input.TappedRoutedEventArgs e)

            if (AutoToggle) IsChecked = !IsChecked;

To use it, it’s very simple.

<ic:AppBarToggleButton Style="{StaticResource PlayAppBarButtonStyle}" CheckedStyle="{StaticResource PauseAppBarButtonStyle}"
                        Command="{Binding Path=PlayCommand}" CheckedCommand="{Binding Path=PauseCommand}"
                        IsChecked="{Binding Path=IsPlaying}" />

When the IsPlaying property (in my ViewModel) is true the button becomes a Pause button, when it’s false it becomes a Play button.


Warning: Just make sure that the IsChecked property is set in last in your control !!

If you don’t use style you can alternatively use Content and CheckedContent. Furthermore you can set the AutoToggle to true if you don’t want to control is IsChecked property through binding.

With this control and the AppBarPopupButton, you can now create awesome application bar for your apps !

Stay tuned for more awesome Windows 8 tricks !

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