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How to: Create and Use a GridLengthConverter Object

The following example shows how to create and use an instance of GridLengthConverter. The example defines a custom method called changeCol, which passes the ListBoxItem to a GridLengthConverter that converts the Content of a ListBoxItem to an instance of GridLength. The converted value is then passed back as the value of the Width property of the ColumnDefinition element.

The example also defines a second custom method, called changeColVal. This custom method converts the Value of a Slider to a String and then passes that value back to the ColumnDefinition as the Width of the element.

Note that a separate Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) file defines the contents of a ListBoxItem.


        private void changeColVal(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) 
		{
            txt1.Text = "Current Grid Column is " + hs1.Value.ToString();
        }

        private void changeCol(object sender, SelectionChangedEventArgs args)
        {
            ListBoxItem li = ((sender as ListBox).SelectedItem as ListBoxItem);
            GridLengthConverter myGridLengthConverter = new GridLengthConverter();
            if (hs1.Value == 0)
            {
                GridLength gl1 = (GridLength)myGridLengthConverter.ConvertFromString(li.Content.ToString());
                col1.Width = gl1;
            }
            else if (hs1.Value == 1)
            {
                GridLength gl2 = (GridLength)myGridLengthConverter.ConvertFromString(li.Content.ToString());
                col2.Width = gl2;
            }
            else if (hs1.Value == 2)
            {
                GridLength gl3 = (GridLength)myGridLengthConverter.ConvertFromString(li.Content.ToString());
                col3.Width = gl3;
            }
        }


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