Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Adventures in Windows 8: Placing items in a GridView with a ColumnSpan or RowSpan


Adventures in Windows 8: Placing items in a GridView with a ColumnSpan or RowSpan
When working with a GridView, it is quite common to use a VariableSizedWrapGrid as the ItemsPanel. This creates a nice flowing layout which will auto-adapt for various resolutions.

Using ColumnSpan and RowSpan

When you use a VariableSizedWrapGrid directly in your XAML, you can attach the VariableSizedWrapGrid.ColumnSpan and VariableSizedWrapGrid.RowSpan attached properties directly to an item to create the desired effect. For instance this code create this output (shown in Blend but it runs just the same):

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