Windows Community Toolkit 6.1 introduces Tokenizing TextBox

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  • The Windows Community Toolkit 6.1 is now live.
  • The new toolkit introduces new controls, including the tokenizing textbox.
  • As always, feel free to check out our Windows 10 hub for the latest news and updates pertaining to the OS.
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Windows Community Toolkit

The Windows Community Toolkit 6.1 is now live. As always, each time a new version of the platform emerges, it brings features and improvements that make life a lot easier for developers.

Last year, version 6.0 introduced ARM64 support. It also came with new features, such as the EyeDropper control.

Version 6.1 brings a host of new features and controls as well, including the tokenizing textbox and improvements on notifications helpers.

The new Windows Community Toolkit 6.1

The latest additions to the Windows Community Toolkit should make work a little easier for developers creating Windows 10 UWP applications.

Microsoft says that the toolkit’s new tokenizing textbox isn’t an autosuggest box, even though it may seem like it. Instead, it’s a bit more advanced because it lets you pick multiple options.

The feature tokenizes all the items you’ve selected, making them easier to pick out and manipulate further as you’d wish.

It may look like an AutoSuggestBox at first, but it allows the user to choose more than one option. Once the user has selected one, it ‘tokenizes’ it and provides them a clear indication of their selections which can be manipulated easily afterwards.

According to Microsoft, the tokenizing textbox has been one of the most requested controls for the toolkit. It will be very useful to developers when organizing items, picking contacts, and numerous other dev use cases.

Additionally, the Windows Community Toolkit 6.1 will be handy to developers building apps for Windows 10 platforms such as desktops, laptops, Xbox, and even HoloLens. You may also develop any existing win32 app using the toolkit after converting it to UWP using the Desktop Bridge.

Just like with the previous versions, the latest version is an outcome of joint efforts involving Microsoft and the GitHub community.

What are your views on the latest Windows Community Toolkit 6.1 enhancements? You can always ask any questions or leave your suggestions in the comments section below.