Master/detail sample

Shows how to implement a responsive master/detail experience in XAML.

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In the master/detail pattern, a master list is used to select an item that will then appear in a detail view. When the app view is sufficiently wide, the master list and detail view should appear side by side in the same app page. However, on smaller screen sizes, the two pieces of UI should appear on different pages, allowing the user to navigate between them. This sample shows how to implement these experiences and adaptively switch between them based on the size of the screen.

Specifically, this sample demonstrates:

  • Creating a side-by-side master/detail experience in XAML: In MasterDetailPage.xaml, a master list is used to switch between detail items in a side-by-side view. This page will also responsively update to include just the master list when the view is narrow.
  • Navigating between the master list and a detail view: At narrow screen sizes, the user can navigate between the master list in MasterDetailPage.xaml and detail view in DetailPage.xaml to view different items.
  • Changing the navigation model when the app is resized: This sample contains the code necessary to adaptively switch between the two experiences described above at runtime based on screen size.

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System requirements

Client: Windows 10

Server: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Phone: Windows 10

Build the sample

  1. If you download the samples ZIP, be sure to unzip the entire archive, not just the folder with the sample you want to build.
  2. Start Microsoft Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
  3. Starting in the folder where you unzipped the samples, go to the Samples subfolder, then the subfolder for this specific sample, then the subfolder for the programming language. Double-click the Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+B, or select Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

The next steps depend on whether you just want to deploy the sample or you want to both deploy and run it.

Deploying the sample

  • Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

  • To debug the sample and then run it, press F5 or select Debug > Start Debugging. To run the sample without debugging, press Ctrl+F5 or selectDebug > Start Without Debugging.