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Selection List for Qt and Windows Phone

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This article demonstrates how to create Selection List in Qt and WP7

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Devices(s): WP7 Emulator
Keywords: SelectionListItem, ListPicker
Created: somnathbanik (14 Nov 2014)
Last edited: hamishwillee (22 Nov 2011)



Selection lists are lists of items from which the user can select one or more items. Selection lists can optionally be scrollable, and have a highlight to show single or multiple selections.

This example creates selection lists in both Windows Phone and Qt. The selection lists contain the four seasons of the year as list items. When user selects any of the item it gets displays in the screen.

In Qt, we use the Qt Quick Component SelectionListItem element to launch a Selection Dialog which contains the list. When a season is selected the dialog closes and populates the SelectionListItem subtitle with the selected season.

The Windows Phone 7 code uses the ListPicker control from Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit. When an item is selected it is displayed as the "Current" item in a separate text box.

Qt Windows Phone
Selection List for Qt
Selection List for WP7
Example of Qt Example of WP


The code below starts from an empty project for both Qt and WP7.

Qt Project (main.qml)

We took SelectionListItem component to get the selected item in the list. When user clicks on the SelectionListItem it opens SelectionDialog with the list item in it.

SelectionListItem {
id: item
title: "Select Season"
subTitle: selectionDialog.selectedIndex >= 0
? selectionDialog.model.get(selectionDialog.selectedIndex).name
: "Please select"
onClicked: selectionDialog.open()
SelectionDialog {
id: selectionDialog
titleText: "Select one of the values"
selectedIndex: -1
model: ListModel {
ListElement { name: "Spring" }
ListElement { name: "Summer" }
ListElement { name: "Fall" }
ListElement { name: "Winter" }

When user select any item from the list it is displayed in the SelectionListItem in the subtitle field.

WP7 Project (MainPage.xaml)

  • Let’s add the reference Microsoft.Phone.Controls.Toolkit to the project .
  • Add namespace in XAML:
  • Add resources :
<local:Model x:Key="Model"/>
<DataTemplate x:Key="SeasonsTemplate">
<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
Margin="0 0 6 0"/>
<TextBlock Text="{Binding}"/>

Then use the ListPicker to create the List item

ItemsSource="{Binding Seasons}"
Margin="{StaticResource PhoneMargin}"

By default the index 1 in the list is being selected.

WP7 Project (MainPage.xaml.cs)

When user clicks on any of the list item the SeasonsSelectionChanged() event is called and the selected item it being displayed in the screen.

private void SeasonsSelectionChanged(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs e)
SeasonsSelection.Text = "Current selection: " + ((0 < e.AddedItems.Count) ? e.AddedItems[0] : "[nothing]");


Using SelectionListItem we can create a list view of many items, but in case of WP7 the ListPicker control can have at max five items in the drop down list, if the list item is more than five then it opens a full-screen popup for the item selection. Both the effects are controlled by WP7 Toolkit's ListPicker control which combines both the experiences in the same API by automatically selecting the right UX based on the number of items in its list.

Source Code

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