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 January 3, 2015  Posted by at 1:08 pm WinRT, WP, XAML  Add comments

For some odd reason my answer on SO on this seems to be somewhat popular and I’ve had several requests to update the answer which originally only covered Windows Phone 8 to be updated for Windows Phone Windows Runtime (8.1).
I finally got around to doing that as my friend Jonas who is still visiting me here in the UK and I were watching some stuff on his computer (Hell’s Kitchen as he loves to cook).

Jonas -the happiest SharePoint dev you'll ever meet- hanging out on my couch while we wait for Danny to come for a night of hacking and beer.

Jonas -the happiest SharePoint dev you’ll ever meet- hanging out on my couch while we wait for Danny to come for a night of hacking and beer.

To easily re-template a control check out an older blog post of mine here: Example WinRT/Metro App: How to edit default template in Visual Studio 2012 and Blend

There are several ways you can change a template/style depending on the result you want, and here are two ways shown for both Windows Runtime (WP only) and Windows Phone 8 (Silverlight). Please keep in mind that you usually want to keep resources outside of the page to avoid cluttering, and to be able to reuse a style. By not setting the x:key attribute the style is applied globally.
First example:
Changing the Pivot Header template in Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone WinRT

[sourcecode language=”xml”]
<Grid Background="Transparent">
<Pivot Title="Re-templating example">
<Pivot.HeaderTemplate>
<DataTemplate>
<Grid Background="Blue">
<TextBlock Text="{Binding}" />
</Grid>
</DataTemplate>
</Pivot.HeaderTemplate>
<Pivot.TitleTemplate>
<DataTemplate>
<Grid Background="Green">
<TextBlock Text="{Binding}" />
</Grid>
</DataTemplate>
</Pivot.TitleTemplate>
<PivotItem Header="One">
<TextBlock FontSize="35"
Text="This is item one" />
</PivotItem>
<PivotItem Header="Two">
<TextBlock FontSize="35"
Text="This is item 2" />
</PivotItem>
</Pivot>
[/sourcecode]
Second example, please notice that the ContentControl is wrapped in another element.
Changing the Pivot Header template in Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone WinRT

[sourcecode language=”xml”]
<Page.Resources>

<SolidColorBrush x:Key="PivotBackground" Color="#FFE46C08"/>

<Style x:Key="PivotStyle" TargetType="Pivot">
<Setter Property="Template">
<Setter.Value>
<ControlTemplate TargetType="Pivot">
<Grid x:Name="RootElement" HorizontalAlignment="{TemplateBinding HorizontalAlignment}" VerticalAlignment="{TemplateBinding VerticalAlignment}">
<Grid.RowDefinitions>
<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
<RowDefinition Height="*"/>
</Grid.RowDefinitions>
<!–Notice that ContentControl is wrapped in a Grid and Background set to resource furtehr up–>
<Grid VerticalAlignment="Center" Background="{StaticResource PivotBackground}">
<ContentControl x:Name="TitleContentControl" ContentTemplate="{TemplateBinding TitleTemplate}" Content="{TemplateBinding Title}" Style="{StaticResource PivotTitleContentControlStyle}"/>
</Grid>
<ScrollViewer x:Name="ScrollViewer" HorizontalSnapPointsAlignment="Center" HorizontalSnapPointsType="MandatorySingle" HorizontalScrollBarVisibility="Hidden" Margin="{TemplateBinding Padding}" Grid.Row="1" Template="{StaticResource ScrollViewerScrollBarlessTemplate}" VerticalSnapPointsType="None" VerticalScrollBarVisibility="Disabled" VerticalScrollMode="Disabled" VerticalContentAlignment="Stretch" ZoomMode="Disabled">
<PivotPanel x:Name="Panel" VerticalAlignment="Stretch">
<!–Background set to resource further up–>
<PivotHeaderPanel Background="{StaticResource PivotBackground}" x:Name="Header" >
<PivotHeaderPanel.RenderTransform>
<CompositeTransform x:Name="HeaderTranslateTransform" TranslateX="0"/>
</PivotHeaderPanel.RenderTransform>
</PivotHeaderPanel>
<ItemsPresenter x:Name="PivotItemPresenter">
<ItemsPresenter.RenderTransform>
<TranslateTransform x:Name="ItemsPresenterTranslateTransform" X="0"/>
</ItemsPresenter.RenderTransform>
</ItemsPresenter>
</PivotPanel>
</ScrollViewer>
</Grid>
</ControlTemplate>
</Setter.Value>
</Setter>
</Style>

<Grid Background="Transparent">
<Pivot Style="{StaticResource PivotStyle}"
Title="Re-templating example">
<PivotItem Header="One">
<TextBlock FontSize="35" Text="This is item one" />
</PivotItem>
<PivotItem Header="Two">
<TextBlock FontSize="35" Text="This is item 2"/>
</PivotItem>
</Pivot>
[/sourcecode]
And for Windows Phone Silverlight, the first example above

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[sourcecode language=”xml”]
<phone:Pivot Grid.Row="1">
<phone:Pivot.HeaderTemplate>
<DataTemplate>
<Grid Background="Red" Height="200">
<TextBlock Text="{Binding}"/>
</Grid>
</DataTemplate>
</phone:Pivot.HeaderTemplate>
<phone:PivotItem Header="Test">
<TextBlock Text="ghjgb"/>
</phone:PivotItem>
<phone:PivotItem Header="Test">
<TextBlock Text="ghjgb"/>
</phone:PivotItem>
</phone:Pivot>
[/sourcecode]

And the second example

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[sourcecode language=”xml”]
<Style x:Key="PivotStyle" TargetType="phone:Pivot">
<Setter Property="Margin" Value="0"/>
<Setter Property="Padding" Value="0"/>
<Setter Property="Foreground" Value="{StaticResource PhoneForegroundBrush}"/>
<Setter Property="Background" Value="Transparent"/>
<Setter Property="ItemsPanel">
<Setter.Value>
<ItemsPanelTemplate>
<Grid/>
</ItemsPanelTemplate>
</Setter.Value>
</Setter>
<Setter Property="Template">
<Setter.Value>
<ControlTemplate TargetType="phone:Pivot">
<Grid HorizontalAlignment="{TemplateBinding HorizontalAlignment}"
VerticalAlignment="{TemplateBinding VerticalAlignment}">
<Grid.RowDefinitions>
<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
<RowDefinition Height="Auto"/>
<RowDefinition Height="*"/>
</Grid.RowDefinitions>
<Grid Background="#ff9000" CacheMode="BitmapCache" Grid.RowSpan="2" />
<Grid Background="{TemplateBinding Background}" CacheMode="BitmapCache"
Grid.Row="2" />
<ContentPresenter ContentTemplate="{TemplateBinding TitleTemplate}"
Content="{TemplateBinding Title}" Margin="24,17,0,-7"/>
<Primitives:PivotHeadersControl x:Name="HeadersListElement"
Grid.Row="1"/>
<ItemsPresenter x:Name="PivotItemPresenter"
Margin="{TemplateBinding Padding}" Grid.Row="2"/>
</Grid>
</ControlTemplate>
</Setter.Value>
</Setter>
</style>
[/sourcecode]

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