Dynamically Add Control in LightSwitch 2012

Here we will see how to dynamically add controls in a LightSwitch Application (Visual C#) in Visual Studio 2012.

The following is the procedure for dynamically adding a control.

Step 1

Open the Solution Explorer.

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Step 2

In the Solution Explorer, right-click on the Screens and choose "Add Screen".

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Step 3

The Add New Screen dialog box appears. Select the "New Data Screen" from the Screen Template, under screen information, choose "None" under screen data and provide a name to the screen and click the "OK" button.


The Screen Designer appears.

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Step 4

Click on the "Add" button and choose "New Custom Control".

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Step 5

The Add Custom Control dialog box will appear. From that dialog box select the StackPanel Control and click the "OK" button.

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The custom control is added to the Screen Designer.

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Step 6

Go to the Menu Bar, click on the Write Code option, a drop down list will appear, select the "the _created()" method from the list.

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The code designer appears.

using System;

using System.Linq;

using System.IO;

using System.IO.IsolatedStorage;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using Microsoft.LightSwitch;

using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Framework.Client;

using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Presentation;

using Microsoft.LightSwitch.Presentation.Extensions;

using System.Windows.Controls;

namespace LightSwitchApplication


    public partial class CreateNew


        partial void CreateNew_Created()


            // Write your code here.

            this.FindControl("ScreenContent").ControlAvailable += new EventHandler<ControlAvailableEventArgs>(New_CtrlAvailable);



        void New_CtrlAvailable(object sender, ControlAvailableEventArgs e)


            if (e.Control is StackPanel)


                StackPanel panel = (StackPanel)e.Control; // checking if control type is StackPanel


                HyperlinkButton link = new HyperlinkButton();

                link.Content = "yahoo";

                link.NavigateUri = new Uri("http://yahoo.com");

                link.TargetName = "_blank";







Step 9

Press F5 to run the application.


Click on the link content in the output, the link will be opened.


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