WebViewBrush WebViewBrush WebViewBrush WebViewBrush Class


Provides a brush that renders the content that is currently hosted in a WebView control.

public : sealed class WebViewBrush : TileBrush, IWebViewBrushpublic sealed class WebViewBrush : TileBrush, IWebViewBrushPublic NotInheritable Class WebViewBrush Inherits TileBrush Implements IWebViewBrush// This API is not available in Javascript.
<WebViewBrush .../>
Windows 10 requirements
Device family
Windows 10 (introduced v10.0.10240.0)
API contract
Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract (introduced v1)

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The following Windows 8-specific code example demonstrates how to use a WebViewBrush to enable XAML-based content to overlap HTML-based content. In this example, the WebView control is displayed by default so that it remains interactive. When the ComboBox drop-down list is open, however, it overlaps the WebView control. In this case, the WebView is hidden and the WebViewBrush displays the HTML content on a Rectangle occupying the same space.

<Grid x:Name="Output" Grid.Row="1">
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
        <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
    <ComboBox x:Name="ComboBox1" Height="50" Width="200" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="10,0,0,0">
            <x:String>First Item</x:String>
            <x:String>Second Item</x:String>
            <x:String>Third Item</x:String>
            <x:String>Fourth Item</x:String>
            <x:String>Fifth Item</x:String>
            <x:String>Sixth Item</x:String>
            <x:String>Seventh Item</x:String>
    <Border BorderThickness="1" BorderBrush="#FF707070"  Grid.Row="1" Margin="10,0,0,0">
            <WebView x:Name="WebView6" />
            <Rectangle x:Name="Rect1"/>
void SDKSample::WebViewControl::Scenario6::ComboBox1_DropDownOpened(
    Platform::Object^ sender, Platform::Object^ e)
    if (Rect1->Visibility == Windows::UI::Xaml::Visibility::Visible)
        WebViewBrush^ b = ref new WebViewBrush();
        b->SourceName = "WebView6";
        Rect1->Fill = b;
        WebView6->Visibility = Windows::UI::Xaml::Visibility::Collapsed;    

void SDKSample::WebViewControl::Scenario6::ComboBox1_DropDownClosed(
    Platform::Object^ sender, Platform::Object^ e)
    WebView6->Visibility = Windows::UI::Xaml::Visibility::Visible;
    Rect1->Fill = ref new SolidColorBrush(Windows::UI::Colors::Transparent);
void ComboBox1_DropDownOpened(object sender, object e)
    if (Rect1.Visibility == Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Visible)
        WebViewBrush b = new WebViewBrush();
        b.SourceName = "WebView6";
        Rect1.Fill = b;
        WebView6.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Collapsed;

void ComboBox1_DropDownClosed(object sender, object e)
    WebView6.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Visible;
    Rect1.Fill = new SolidColorBrush(Windows.UI.Colors.Transparent);
Private Sub ComboBox1_DropDownOpened(sender As Object, e As Object)
    If Rect1.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Visible Then
        Dim b As New WebViewBrush()
        b.SourceName = "WebView6"
        Rect1.Fill = b
        WebView6.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Collapsed
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub ComboBox1_DropDownClosed(sender As Object, e As Object)
    WebView6.Visibility = Windows.UI.Xaml.Visibility.Visible
    Rect1.Fill = New SolidColorBrush(Windows.UI.Colors.Transparent)
End Sub


In Windows 8, the WebView control has the characteristic that other UI regions such as controls cannot be rendered on top of it. This is because of how window regions are handled internally, particularly how input events are processed and how the screen draws. If you want to render HTML content and also place other UI elements on top of that HTML content, you should use WebViewBrush as the render area. The WebView still provides the HTML source information, and you reference that WebView through the SourceName property (or by calling SetSource, the method and property yield the same results). WebViewBrush does not have this overlay limitation, but it doesn't enable interaction.


The preceding remarks apply only to apps compiled for Windows 8, even when running on Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 introduces changes to the WebView control that fix the issues described here. For Windows 8.1, it's anticipated that scenarios where you'll still use a WebViewBrush won't be very common. In most cases you can just use a WebView control and get the functionality you need.

You can apply a WebViewBrush to any property that takes a Brush. For example, you can set Shape.Fill or Control.Background with a WebViewBrush.

There are two alternatives for associating a WebViewBrush with a WebView control source:


It's often necessary to call Redraw for a WebViewBrush that's declared in XAML in the same UI as is the WebView source. A WebView control has an inherently asynchronous behavior that redraws the control when its content is completely loaded. But an associated WebViewBrush renders as soon as the XAML is parsed (which might be before the URI content is loaded by the WebView ). Alternatively, you can wait to call SetSource on the WebViewBrush until the source content is fully loaded (for example by calling SetSource in the handler for the WebView.LoadCompleted event.

This class is not supported on Windows Phone 8.x. WebView content will not be captured.


WebViewBrush() WebViewBrush() WebViewBrush() WebViewBrush()

Initializes a new instance of the WebViewBrush class.

public : WebViewBrush()public WebViewBrush()Public Sub New()// This API is not available in Javascript.


SourceName SourceName SourceName SourceName

Gets or sets the name of the source WebView control that provides the HTML content.

public : PlatForm::String SourceName { get; set; }public string SourceName { get; set; }Public ReadWrite Property SourceName As string// This API is not available in Javascript.
<WebViewBrush SourceName="nameOfWebView"/>
PlatForm::String string string string

The Name or x:Name attribute of the WebView that provides the HTML content.


There are two alternatives for associating a WebViewBrush with a WebView control source:

SourceNameProperty SourceNameProperty SourceNameProperty SourceNameProperty

Identifies the SourceName dependency property.

public : static DependencyProperty SourceNameProperty { get; }public static DependencyProperty SourceNameProperty { get; }Public Static ReadOnly Property SourceNameProperty As DependencyProperty// This API is not available in Javascript.
DependencyProperty DependencyProperty DependencyProperty DependencyProperty

The identifier for the SourceName dependency property.


Redraw() Redraw() Redraw() Redraw()

Causes the WebViewBrush to get updated source pixels from the associated WebView and its current content. This happens asynchronously.

public : void Redraw()public void Redraw()Public Function Redraw() As void// This API is not available in Javascript.


A WebViewBrush is basically a snapshot of the content being displayed in a WebView. It won't show animations or any dynamic changes to the content. Call Redraw if the source WebView has changed its content significantly and you want to make a new snapshot to display as the WebViewBrush content.

See Also

SetSource(WebView) SetSource(WebView) SetSource(WebView) SetSource(WebView)

Sets the source of the content for the WebViewBrush.

public : void SetSource(WebView source)public void SetSource(WebView source)Public Function SetSource(source As WebView) As void// This API is not available in Javascript.
WebView WebView WebView WebView

The WebView hosting the HTML content that is the source for the brush.


There are two alternatives for associating a WebViewBrush with a WebView control source:

See Also