If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time on your computer and wished there was an easier way to do certain things. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is! With Windows applications, you can make your life much easier. In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to make Windows applications in just 40 or 60 characters. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to create an app that is both functional and user-friendly. So let’s get started!
How to Make Windows Applications
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the process of how to make Windows applications will vary depending on the specific software and tools being used.
This documentation provides the latest guidance on building desktop apps for Win 11 and 10. This includes new features, tips and tricks, and best practices to help you create amazing desktop apps.
To get started developing Windows apps, you’ll need to install tools for the Windows App SDK and enable your device for development. Developer Mode features and debugging will come in handy as you’re creating your app. Finally, create a developer account to submit your app to the Microsoft Store.
If you’re looking to get started with desktop applications, the Windows Application SDK is a great place to start. With WinUI 3, you can create amazing apps that look great on Win 11.
Build Your WinUI 3 App (Part 1)
The 3 part series will help developers who are new to the Microsoft platform to quickly get up to speed with development for the Windows Store.
This is the first post in a three-part series on using the Windows Application SDK.In this post, we’ll show you how to create a very simple, but functional, UI framework using WinUI 3. Part 2 will focus on windowing, and Part 3 will focus on single instancing.
Windows App – Sample Overview
We’ll build a simple app that lets you create beats by tapping on virtual drums. This app will be very simple, but will show some of the cool things that can be done with the WinAppSDK:
- The interface of Windows UI 3 is simple to use and easy to learn.
- Allowing users to fully immerse themselves into the experience, or allowing them to multitask with the app, rather than limiting them to one activity at a time.
- By making it a single instance, it reduces any sync issues that might occur between multiple instances of the application.
Prerequisites for Developing Desktop Applications for Windows 10
- Install the developer tools you need for developing apps for Windows 11 and 10 here!
- Create a new blank Windows UI 3 application, package it, and call it “Drum Pad”.
WinUI 3 Template Structure
In the WinUI 3 project template, most of our code will be located in MainWindow.xaml.cs and MainWindow.xaml. This allows us to keep our code organized and easy to access.
User Interface Layout Design for WinUI 3 Controls
The 3 controls below represent elements of a typical drum kit.
Deleting Partially Templated Code
Delete the default block of code that the project templates come with.
Defining the Layout in MainWindow.xaml
In the MainWindow.xaml we will define the various grids and their corresponding controls that are to be used.
* and “Auto” are used to adjust the layout of the app window based on the size of the screen. This allows the user to use the application in a more natural way.
Setting Up Default Controls
First, add a dropdown button and toggle switch.
Now it’s time to add buttons.
Now, define how the buttons should be positioned in the grid.
STEP 4: Now it’s time to apply some style to the buttons.
WinUI 3 Controls – Visual Layer
Now you should see: We now have a visual control that was built out using the Windows UI 3.0 components. To test it, select x64 as the target platform and press F5 to run the project solution. You should see the following output:
You should now see:
The buttons don’t do anything yet, but that will be changed in the next part. In part 2, we will focus on implementing the business logic.
By following the simple steps of how to make Windows application outlined in this blog post, you’ll be able to create a Windows application in just 40 or 60 characters. By doing so, you’ll make your life much easier and have a user-friendly app that is both functional and easy to use. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!