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Getting started with Project Siena

Published: July 14, 2014

Updated: July 14, 2014

With Project Siena, you can quickly create documents that support your business or enterprise, are data and media rich, and are simple to use, all without knowing any code.

Project Siena provides a familiar and easy document editing experience: add text and image visuals to your document, connect them to data, make adjustments to the appearance, and you have a working document that is ready to use. You can add more advanced functionality to your document by using Microsoft Excel-like expressions.

Project Siena works well with a wide variety of corporate and web data sources: SharePoint lists, Excel and Azure tables, RSS feeds and REST services. You can then publish your document and run it on your own machine or share it with friends or colleagues.

For examples of documents created by using Project Siena, see Tutorials and Samples.

You can install Project Siena directly from the Windows Store.

Important note Important

To run Project Siena, you must be running either the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 8.1.

After you install the app, open it by clicking or tapping the app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen or the Windows 8 App screen.

Start screen tile

Project Siena Start screen tile


App screen tile

Project Siena App screen tile

It's easy to get started with Project Siena.


Open the app and add a visual. A visual can be a photo or photo gallery, lists, video, or any of the other visual types that you can add from the visuals gallery on the right. Click any visual in the Visuals library to add it to the page. When a visual is selected, the associated properties appear in the lower left of the document window.

If the Visuals library isn't visible, click the Add a visual button.

Add a visual button

Connect your visual to data by right-clicking anywhere on the screen to display the app bar, and then using the Data sources options.

To add a new screen, click Add Screen.

Use the drop-down list to select specific visuals in your document.


Use the tools in the lower right to change the appearance and functionality of your document. You can modify your data properties, add interactivity using behaviors, or change the appearance of a selected visual. When a visual on the page is selected, the available properties are displayed.

The properties are organized into three groups:

  • Data   Identifies the data source for the selected visual. For an image visua, the source may be a single image file. For an image gallery, the source may be a folder or data table. Click to view property options for the selected visual.

  • Behavior   Defines built-in interactivity for the selected visual. Click to view property options for the selected visual.

  • Design   Specifies the appearance of the visual. Click to view property options for the selected visual.


Preview your document-in-progress by right-clicking on the screen and then clicking Preview in the app bar. Press Esc to return to Design view.

When you're finished, you can quickly publish your finished document. For more information, see Publish and deploy a Project Siena app.

Show data from Excel in a Project Siena app shows you how to use Project Siena to build an app that displays a list of Windows 8 devices that you can filter by manufacturer.

When you're ready to deploy your app, you'll need a Windows 8 developer license. For more information, see Get a developer license (Windows Store apps).

After you get your license, you can deploy your app to any Windows 8 device. For more information, see Publish and deploy a Project Siena app.

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