Fixing the ListPicker / ScrollViewer Problem in Windows Phone 7

I’m working on a new project in which I need multiple ListPickers in a ScrollViewer.

The ListPicker is available via the Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone 7. If you don’t have it, you should get it. Get the source as well, for reasons that will be clear in one more sentence.

The only problem is that I can’t scroll if I do this because I run the risk of accidentally opening the ListPicker (which should be a tap interaction) when swiping (which is a gesture interaction):

I posted this as a work item on codeplex, so it will probably be fixed in a couple months (sometime in early 2011), but if you’re having a problem with it, do the following:

Open up the source, go to the Microsoft.Phone.Controls.Toolkit project, the ListPicker folder and open the ListPicker.cs file. Go down to the OnManipulationCompleted event and after the line


add the following conditional for the rest of the code in the method:

if ((Math.Abs(e.TotalManipulation.Translation.X) < 20) && (Math.Abs(e.TotalManipulation.Translation.Y) < 20)){ [Other code] } This catches manipulations that are less tap-y and more scroll-y and lets them slide by without opening the ListPicker. If you wanted to be really careful, you could probably change the conditional to 10 or even 5. Most of the taps I checked had pretty small (single digit) manipulation deltas.

2 thoughts on “Fixing the ListPicker / ScrollViewer Problem in Windows Phone 7

  1. Clint,

    I’m a UX designer. The fact that I got into the source code at all is a special kind of miracle. 🙂

    I’m looking into how to do that now.

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