Toast Notifications

Learn to use Toast Notifications in Windows App SDK with this Tutorial

Toast Notifications shows how you can use ToastNotification with the Windows App SDK. This allows you to display a Toast Notification for your application in the Notifications pane in Windows.

Step 1

Follow Setup and Start on how to get Setup and Install what you need for Visual Studio 2022 and Windows App SDK.

In Windows 11 choose Start and then find or search for Visual Studio 2022 and then select it.
Visual Studio 2022
Once Visual Studio 2022 has started select Create a new project.
Create a new project
Then choose the Blank App, Packages (WinUI in Desktop) and then select Next.
Blank App, Packages (WinUI in Desktop)
After that in Configure your new project type in the Project name as ToastNotifications, then select a Location and then select Create to start a new Solution.
Configure project

Step 2

Then in Visual Studio within Solution Explorer for the Solution, right click on the Project shown below the Solution and then select Add then New Item…

Add New Item

Step 3

Then in Add New Item from the C# Items list, select Code and then select Code File from the list next to this, then type in the name of Library.cs and then Click on Add.

Add New Code File

Step 4

You will now be in the View for the Code of Library.cs, within this type the following Code:

using Microsoft.UI.Xaml.Controls;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using Windows.Data.Xml.Dom;
using Windows.UI.Notifications;

internal class Library
    public List<string> Options =>
        .Select(s => s.ToString())

    public void SetToast(ComboBox options, TextBox value)
        var selected = options.SelectedValue as string;
        ToastTemplateType template = Enum.Parse<ToastTemplateType>(selected);
        XmlDocument toast = ToastNotificationManager.GetTemplateContent(template);
        XmlNodeList text = toast.GetElementsByTagName("text");
        if (text.Length > 0)
        XmlNodeList image = toast.GetElementsByTagName("image");
        if (image.Length > 0)
            image[0].Attributes.GetNamedItem("src").NodeValue =
        ToastNotification notification = new(toast);

The Class that has been defined in Library.cs has a Property for Options, which is the list of all possible values for the Enum of ToastTemplateType for use with the ComboBox. Then there is the Method for SetToast which will get the SelectedValue of a ComboBox passed in and use this to get the ToastTemplateType that was selected in the ComboBox. There is also a TextBox passed in for what value should be shown in the Toast Notification. Then there is some code to build up the elements of the Toast Notification using XML which is needed to create the ToastNotification which includes the text and there is also an image set to one of the Assets in the application for any ToastTemplateType that supports Images and this is then is used to Show the notification with ToastNotificationManager.

Step 5

Within Solution Explorer for the Solution double-click on MainWindow.xaml to see the XAML for the Main Window.
Solution Explorer MainWindow.xaml

Step 6

In the XAML for MainWindow.xaml there will be some XAML for a StackPanel, this should be Removed:

<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" 
HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
    <Button x:Name="myButton" Click="myButton_Click">Click Me</Button>

Step 7

While still in the XAML for MainWindow.xaml above </Window>, type in the following XAML:

        <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
        <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
        <RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
    <StackPanel Grid.Row="0" Margin="25">
        <ComboBox Margin="5" Name="Options" 
        <TextBox Margin="5" PlaceholderText="Value" 
        Name="Value" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"/>
    <CommandBar Grid.Row="3" VerticalAlignment="Bottom">
        <AppBarButton Icon="Comment" Label="Accept" Click="Accept_Click"/>

This XAML features a Grid with a StackPanel for the ComboBox for the Options and a TextBox for the Value, along with an AppBarButton to show the ToastNotification when Clicked.

Step 8

Within Solution Explorer for the Solution select the arrow next to MainWindow.xaml then double-click on MainWindow.xaml.cs to see the Code for the Main Window.
Solution Explorer MainWindow.xaml.cs

Step 9

In the Code for MainWindow.xaml.cs there be a Method of myButton_Click(...) this should be Removed by removing the following:

private void myButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    myButton.Content = "Clicked";

Step 10

Once myButton_Click(...) has been removed, type the following Code below the end of the Constructor of public MainWindow() { ... }:

private readonly Library _library = new();

private void Accept_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    _library.SetToast(Options, Value);

The Method of Accept_Click will call the Method within Library.cs of SetToast from an Instance of Library called _library created with new().

Step 11

While still in the Code for MainWindow.xaml.cs within the Constructor of public MainWindow() { ... } and below the line of this.InitializeComponent(); type in the following Code:

Options.ItemsSource = _library.Options;
Options.SelectedIndex = 0;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The Constructor of public MainWindow() { ... } should look like the following:

public MainWindow()
    Options.ItemsSource = _library.Options;
    Options.SelectedIndex = 0;

These set up the Properties for the ComboBox for ItemsSource to the list of Options from Library and for SelectedIndex to the first index which is 0 to select the first item.

Step 12

That completes the Windows App SDK application. In Visual Studio 2022 from the Toolbar select ToastNotifications (Package) to Start the application.
ToastNotifications (Package)

Step 13

Once running you should see the ComboBox, TextBox and CommandBar with the Accept option.

Toast Notifications Running

Step 14

You can select a value from the ComboBox then type a value in the TextBox and then use Accept to see a Toast Notification in the Notifications for Windows for the application.

Toast BadgeNotifications Output

Step 15

To Exit the Windows App SDK application, select the Close button from the top right of the application as that concludes this Tutorial for Windows App SDK from!
Close application