In many design languages (like Material Design), there's a notion of 'elevation' where a portion of the UI should be presented as being elevated over the rest of the content.

In this case, WinUI's native elevation API can't work on all platforms because of technical limitations. To address this problem, Uno provides a control called ElevatedView, able to produce a similar elevated effect on all platforms (WinUI, Android, iOS, macOS, WebAssembly, and Skia).

This control is very useful for creating cards with both rounded corners and an elevated effect - which could otherwise be challenging to produce on some platforms.

How to use the ElevatedView

First you need to add the toolkit namespace in your XAML file:


After that, use the ElevatedView to host the content you need to be elevated:

<StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" Spacing="20">

    <Button>Non-Elevated Button</Button>

    <toolkit:ElevatedView Elevation="10" Background="Gray" ShadowColor="Black">
        <Button>Elevated Button</Button>


Will produce the following result:

ElevatedView sample

ATTENTION FOR WinUI: When there is an error resolving the <toolkit:ElevatedView> on WinUI, the common mistake is to forget to include the Uno.WinUI package for all platforms, including WinUI. On WinUI, the only component that the Uno.WinUI package adds is the Toolkit.


You can set the following properties:

  • Elevation: numeric number representing the level of the elevation effect. Typical values are between 5 and 30. The default is 0 - no elevation.
  • ShadowColor: By default, the shadow will be Black, but you can set any other value. You can reduce the shadow effect by using the alpha channel.
  • Background: The default is null, which does not show a shadow. You'll need to specify a color to avoid having a shadow below a transparent surface if the stretching does not match the child.
  • CornerRadius: Use it to create rounded corner effects. The shadow will follow them.


  • Make sure to give room for the shadow in the layout (eg. by setting a Margin on the ElevatedView). Some platforms like macOS may clip the shadow otherwise. For the same reason, avoid wrapping the <toolkit:ElevatedView> directly in a <ScrollViewer> because it's designed to clip its content.