Implementing the Windows Phone 7 DatePicker-Control

23. December 2010


So with the new update of the Silverlight tookit for WP7 there came along  a few new controls for us developers to play around! I chose the DatePicker-Control for this blogpost, cause it`s not that easy to implement it correctly in some ways and to give some answers for beginners.


  • First of all, download the toolkit from CodePlex and place it on your harddrive. 🙂
  • Don`t forget to add a reference to Microsoft.Phone.Controls.Toolkit for your WP7-Project.
  • Open up your XAML of the appropriate PhoneApplicationPage in VisualStudio, where you want to implement the DatePicker-Control
  • Add the Namespace to your Page…

  • Using the Control on the page…

  • Now start your project for a first test. After clicking of the control, you you should see the following…

  • You will be presented a page for picking the date, like in the calendar-app, BUT this is no PhoneApplicationPage one hast access to!! I marked the buttons in the ApplicationBar. To fix this issue, so you have a “check” and a “cancel”-icon, you have to add a folder to your project called Toolkit.Content!
  • Now you have to add from your icons the ApplicationBar.Cancel.png and the ApplicationBar.Check.png to the folder.
  • The DatePicker control searches for exact this Folder with these two files!
  • After this, you`re done and it should look like this…

Have fun 🙂


5 Responses to “Implementing the Windows Phone 7 DatePicker-Control”

  1. Astrodonkey said

    Nice tip. I found the icons in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Phone\v7.0\Toolkit\Nov10\Bin\Icons and copied them to the Toolkit.Content folder in my project, but it seems they still aren’t displayed even though the control seems to work fine. In properties, “Build action” is marked as “resource” for both png files.

    Any idea what I’m missing?

  2. Astrodonkey said

    What would be cool is if there was a way to change the background from boring black to a bitmap — or at least maybe dim the existing screen beneath the datepicker.

  3. Antoine said

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