I'm looking for the standard pattern for windows phone for bulk actions like delete, archive or move. I mean, for example: How is the user supposed to delete multiple items at once.

I couldn't find anything in the Windows Phone Guidelines

The known pattern for iOS is to have an edit button:

iOS bulk action

For Android it is to to a long press to select the one item:

Android bulk action

Is there a recommended pattern for Windows Phone, that is established? What is it?

  • Android apps also use a delete item on the context menu brought up with the phone's menu button to enter bulk delete. The app then offers checkboxes for the list items and a delete button at the top right. Cancelling the bulk action is simply done using the phone's "back/undo" button. Aug 31, 2012 at 11:09

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Check out how the standard Windows Phone Mail application handles it.

Tap any mail item at the lefthand edge of the window - a column of checkboxes will slide into view, with the item you just tapped already selected.

The application bar will alter to show you the available bulk actions - Delete and Move are the two main options, with Mark as Read, Mark as Unread, Set Flag, Complete and Clear Flag listed below.

Here's a screenshot showing the checkboxes in use:

Mail Multiselect

Original webpage: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/people/email.aspx

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