Storyboard class
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Storyboard class

Controls animations with a timeline, and provides object and property targeting information for its child animations.




public sealed class Storyboard : Timeline

<Storyboard ...>

XAML Values


One or more object elements for classes that derive from Timeline. This can be either another Storyboard or any of a number of animation types.


The Storyboard class has these types of members:


The Storyboard class has these constructors.

Storyboard Initializes a new instance of the Storyboard class.



The Storyboard class has these events.

Completed Occurs when the Storyboard object has completed playing. (Inherited from Timeline)



The Storyboard class has these methods. It also inherits methods from the Object class.

Begin Initiates the set of animations associated with the storyboard.
ClearValue Clears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetAnimationBaseValue Returns any base value established for a dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetCurrentState Gets the clock state of the Storyboard.
GetCurrentTime Gets the current animation clock time of the Storyboard.
GetTargetName Gets the value of the Storyboard.TargetName XAML attached property from a target element.
GetTargetProperty Gets the value of the Storyboard.TargetProperty XAML attached property from a target element.
GetValue Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
Pause Pauses the animation clock associated with the storyboard.
ReadLocalValue Returns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
RegisterPropertyChangedCallback Registers a notification function for listening to changes to a specific DependencyProperty on this DependencyObject instance. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
Resume Resumes the animation clock, or run-time state, associated with the storyboard.
Seek Moves the storyboard to the specified animation position. The storyboard performs the requested seek when the next clock tick occurs.
SeekAlignedToLastTick Moves the storyboard to the specified animation position immediately (synchronously).
SetTarget Causes the specified Timeline to target the specified object.
SetTargetName Sets the value of the Storyboard.TargetName XAML attached property for a target element.
SetTargetProperty Sets the value of the Storyboard.TargetProperty XAML attached property for a target element.
SetValue Sets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
SkipToFill Advances the current time of the storyboard's clock to the end of its active period.
Stop Stops the storyboard.
UnregisterPropertyChangedCallback Cancels a change notification that was previously registered by calling RegisterPropertyChangedCallback. (Inherited from DependencyObject)


Attached Properties

The Storyboard class has these attached properties.



The Storyboard class has these properties.

PropertyAccess typeDescription



Gets or sets a value that indicates whether the timeline plays in reverse after it completes a forward iteration. (Inherited from Timeline)



Gets or sets the time at which this Timeline should begin. (Inherited from Timeline)



Gets the collection of child Timeline objects.



Gets the CoreDispatcher that this object is associated with. The CoreDispatcher represents a facility that can access the DependencyObject on the UI thread even if the code is initiated by a non-UI thread. (Inherited from DependencyObject)



Gets or sets the length of time for which this timeline plays, not counting repetitions. (Inherited from Timeline)



Gets or sets a value that specifies how the animation behaves after it reaches the end of its active period. (Inherited from Timeline)



Gets or sets the repeating behavior of this timeline. (Inherited from Timeline)



Gets or sets the rate, relative to its parent, at which time progresses for this Timeline. (Inherited from Timeline)



Identifies the Storyboard.TargetName XAML attached property.



Identifies the Storyboard.TargetProperty XAML attached property.



Storyboard is an important class in the concept of storyboarded animations. For more info on the concept, see Storyboarded animations.

Storyboard is used for these properties:

These properties aren't the only place where a Storyboard is defined. The typical way that a Storyboard is used for a storyboarded animation is that the Storyboard is defined in a Resources collection (either Application.Resources or FrameworkElement.Resources, or possibly as a resource within a file such as Generic.xaml for a custom control). Whenever it's defined as a XAML resource, you should always assign an x:Name attribute value to your Storyboard. You can then reference the name as a programming variable later in code-behind. You'll need this reference to actually run the animations that the Storyboard contains, by calling the Begin method on that Storyboard instance. Storyboard also has other control methods such as Stop that can control the animation thereafter.

Storyboard inherits several properties from Timeline. These properties can be applied either to a Storyboard or to one of the animations within it (in the Children collection). There are pros and cons to setting Timeline properties on the main Storyboard instead of on each animation. For more info, see Storyboarded animations.

You also need a Storyboard in order to control the predefined animations that you add to controls or UI, if you are using one of the theme animations. Theme animations don't have an innate trigger point, so you need to contain theme animations in a Storyboard as the Children. If the Storyboard is used as the VisualState.Storyboard value then the animation runs when that visual state is loaded. Or, if it's in a VisualTransition.Storyboard, the animation runs when that transition is detected by the visual state manager. These are the most common way to use a theme animation, but you could also put one in a loose Storyboard resource and explicitly start the animation by calling Begin. For more info on how to use theme animations, see Quickstart: Animating your UI using library animations or Storyboarded animations for visual states.

Storyboard XAML attached properties

Storyboard is the host service class for several XAML attached properties. Theses enable child animations under control by the Storyboard to each target separate target elements and target properties, while still following the same controlling timeline and triggering mechanism as the parent.

The XAML attached properties that are supported by Storyboard are:

Storyboard.TargetName is used to reference another element by its name. The element being referenced is the element/object where the animation should apply. This mechanism is part of the basic design of the animation system: it enables animation resources to be declared separately from UI declaration resources, and makes it possible to apply one animation definition to several different property behaviors. For the value of Storyboard.TargetName on a particular animation, you specify the target element's Name or x:Name attribute value, which is a string. That named element should already exist in some other area of XAML markup.

The meaning of Name/x:Name attribute strings is controlled by a XAML namescope concept. For most animation targeting scenarios you won't need to worry about the influence of XAML namescopes, but you might encounter XAML name resolution issues if you're trying to target template parts, or objects that were created using XamlReader.Load and subsequently added to the object tree. For more info, see XAML namescopes.

Storyboard.TargetProperty targets a particular property of the element as named by Storyboard.TargetName. The value you provide for Storyboard.TargetProperty involves a concept known as a property path. For more information on how to specify a property path for an animation, see Remarks in SetTargetProperty or Storyboard.TargetProperty, or the Property-path syntax topic.

In order to support XAML processor access to the attached properties, and also to expose equivalent get and set operations to code, each XAML attached property has a pair of Get and Set accessor methods. For example, the GetTargetName and SetTargetName methods support and provide the equivalent code-only support for Storyboard.TargetName. Alternatively, you can use the dependency property system to get or set the value of the attached property. Call GetValue or SetValue, passing the arguments of the dependency property identifier to set, and a reference to the target object on which to get or set the value.


The following example shows how to use the Begin, Stop, Pause, and Resume methods to control the playback of a storyboard (animation). A set of buttons allow the user to call these methods.

<StackPanel x:Name="LayoutRoot" >
        <Storyboard x:Name="myStoryboard">
            <DoubleAnimation From="1" To="6" Duration="00:00:6" 
                    <BounceEase Bounces="2" EasingMode="EaseOut" 
                            Bounciness="2" />

    <!-- Button that begins animation. -->
    <Button Click="Animation_Begin"
         Margin="2" Content="Begin" />

    <!-- Button that pauses Animation. -->
    <Button Click="Animation_Pause"
         Margin="2" Content="Pause" />

    <!-- Button that resumes Animation. -->
    <Button Click="Animation_Resume"
         Margin="2" Content="Resume" />

    <!-- Button that stops Animation. Stopping the animation 
         returns the ellipse to its original location. -->
    <Button Click="Animation_Stop"
         Margin="2" Content="Stop" />

    <Rectangle Fill="Blue" Width="200" Height="30">
            <ScaleTransform x:Name="rectScaleTransform" />


private void Animation_Begin(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
private void Animation_Pause(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
private void Animation_Resume(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
private void Animation_Stop(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

The following example shows how to create a Storyboard using code. It's more common to define animations in XAML as resources, but there are occasional scenarios for defining animations just-in-time.

        //using Windows.UI.Xaml.Media.Animation;
        //using Windows.UI.Xaml.Shapes;
        //using Windows.UI

        private void Create_And_Run_Animation(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Create a red rectangle that will be the target
            // of the animation.
            Rectangle myRectangle = new Rectangle();
            myRectangle.Width = 200;
            myRectangle.Height = 200;
            SolidColorBrush myBrush = new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Red);
            myRectangle.Fill = myBrush;

            // Create the transform
            TranslateTransform moveTransform = new TranslateTransform();
            moveTransform.X = 0;
            moveTransform.Y = 0;
            myRectangle.RenderTransform = moveTransform;

            // Add the rectangle to the tree.

            // Create a duration of 2 seconds.
            Duration duration = new Duration(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(2));
            // Create two DoubleAnimations and set their properties.
            DoubleAnimation myDoubleAnimationX = new DoubleAnimation();
            DoubleAnimation myDoubleAnimationY = new DoubleAnimation();
            myDoubleAnimationX.Duration = duration;
            myDoubleAnimationY.Duration = duration;
            Storyboard justintimeStoryboard = new Storyboard();
            justintimeStoryboard.Duration = duration;
            Storyboard.SetTarget(myDoubleAnimationX, moveTransform);
            Storyboard.SetTarget(myDoubleAnimationY, moveTransform);

            // Set the X and Y properties of the Transform to be the target properties
            // of the two respective DoubleAnimations.
            Storyboard.SetTargetProperty(myDoubleAnimationX, "X");
            Storyboard.SetTargetProperty(myDoubleAnimationY, "Y");
            myDoubleAnimationX.To = 200;
            myDoubleAnimationY.To = 200;

            // Make the Storyboard a resource.
            LayoutRoot.Resources.Add("justintimeStoryboard", justintimeStoryboard);
            // Begin the animation.

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Media::Animation [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Media::Animation [C++]





See also

Storyboarded animations
Storyboarded animations for visual states
Key-frame animations and easing function animations
Quickstart: Animating your UI using library animations
Property-path syntax
Attached properties overview



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