Silverlight Tool Tips in VB.NET

A ToolTip is a pop-up window that displays some information in a small window. The ToolTip class in .NET 3.5 represents a ToolTip. This article demonstrates how to use a ToolTip control available in Silverlight.
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Silverlight ToolTip Control

A ToolTip is a pop-up window that displays some information in a small window. The ToolTip class in .NET 3.5 represents a ToolTip. This article demonstrates how to create and use a ToolTip control by using XAML and VB.NET.

Creating a ToolTip

The ToolTip element represents a ToolTip control in XAML.

 

<ToolTip/>

 

The IsOpen property represents if a ToolTip is visible or not. The HorizontalOffset and VerticalOffset properties represent the horizontal and vertical distance between the target control and the pop-up window. The Content property represents the contents of the ToolTip.

 

The code snippet in Listing 1 creates a ToolTip control and sets the horizontal offset, vertical offse and content of a ToolTip control.

 

<ToolTip Content="Hello! I am a ToolTip."

HorizontalOffset="10" VerticalOffset="20"/>

Listing 1

The output looks like Figure 1.

 

Figure 1

ToolTip Service

To display a tooltip for a control, the ToolTipService class must be used. The SetToolTip and GetToolTip static methods are used to set and get the tooltip of a control.

The following code snippet creates a ToolTipService.ToolTip for a control.

<ToolTipService.ToolTip >

    <ToolTip Content="Hello! I am a ToolTip."

    HorizontalOffset="10" VerticalOffset="20"/>

</ToolTipService.ToolTip>

Listing 2

The code snippet in Listing 3 sets a ToolTip of a Button control.

<Button Content="Mouse over me" Width="150" Height="30"

        Canvas.Top="10" Canvas.Left="10">

    <ToolTipService.ToolTip >

        <ToolTip Content="Hello! I am a ToolTip."

        HorizontalOffset="10" VerticalOffset="20"/>

    </ToolTipService.ToolTip>

</Button>

Listing 3

The new if you run the application and mouse over the button control, the output looks like Figure 2. 

 

Figure 2

Creating a Fancy Tooltip

The ToolTip content can be any control and multiple controls. The code snippet in Listing 4 creates a ToolTip with an image and text in it.

<!-- Create a button -->

<Button Content="Mouse over me" Width="150" Height="30"

        Canvas.Top="50" Canvas.Left="20">

    <!-- Create a tooltip by using the ToolTipService -->

    <ToolTipService.ToolTip >

        <ToolTip HorizontalOffset="0" VerticalOffset="0">

            <!-- Add a StackPanel to the tooltip content -->

            <StackPanel Width="250" Height="150">

                <!-- Add an image -->

                <StackPanel.Background>

                    <ImageBrush ImageSource="Garden.jpg"

                                Opacity="0.4"/>

                </StackPanel.Background>

                <!-- Add a text block -->

                <TextBlock >

                    <Run Text="This is a tooltip with an image and text"

                        FontFamily="Georgia" FontSize="14" Foreground="Blue"/>

                </TextBlock>

            </StackPanel>

        </ToolTip>

    </ToolTipService.ToolTip>

</Button>

Listing 4

The new tooltip looks like Figure 3. 

 

Figure 3

Summary

In this article, I discussed how we can add a tooltip to a control in Silverlight.

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