Ibraheem Osama Mohamed (ابراهيم اسامه محمد)

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Windows 8 Future Access List

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One of Windows 8’s amazing feature is FutureAccessList. The idea behind it is once the user picked a certain file using the file picker you can added this file to the future access list and use it later in your application.
You get access to the file using a token , so when you add a file to the future access list you get a token for that file and you can use this token later to get this file.

Another amazing thing is that every application has its own futureAccessList so many apps can share the same file at the same time.

Now let’s try and see how it works.
1)Add new Windows 8 applicaiton from Visual Studio.
2)Add 2 buttons in the MainPage.xaml

<Button Content=”Get File From Token” Name=”GetFileFromTokenButton” HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”740,224,0,0″ VerticalAlignment=”Top” Click=”GetFileFromTokenButton_Click”/>

<Button Content=”Set token” HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Name=”SetTokenButton” Margin=”927,227,0,0″ VerticalAlignment=”Top” Click=”SetTokenButton_Click”/>

4)Add the event handlers for the events and define a string called token to save the token in it.

string token = null;

        private async void SetTokenButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


            var op = newFileOpenPicker { FileTypeFilter = { “*” }, CommitButtonText = “select this file”, SuggestedStartLocation = PickerLocationId.Desktop, ViewMode = PickerViewMode.List };

            var file = await op.PickSingleFileAsync();

            if (file != null)


                token = StorageApplicationPermissions.FutureAccessList.Add(file);



        private async void GetFileFromTokenButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


            if (token != null)


                StorageFile fileFromList = awaitStorageApplicationPermissions.FutureAccessList.GetFileAsync(token);

                await(new Windows.UI.Popups.MessageDialog(fileFromList.DisplayName)).ShowAsync();



Now lets run the application and press the set button

Select a file.


Then press the get button a message with a file name pops up as written in our code 🙂


For sure the best practice is to save the token in a place you can get back to it later


Ibraheem Osama Mohamed


Written by Ibraheem Osama Mohamed

January 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Posted in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, xaml

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