XAML RadioButton

This article shows how to create and use a Radio Button in XAML and WPF.
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<RadioButton /> element of XAML represents a radio button.

A RadioButton is usually used in a group with multiple options where one has to be selected.

The RadioButton tag represents a RadioButton control in XAML.




The Width and Height properties represent the width and the height of a RadioButton.  The Name property represents the name of the control, which is a unique identifier of a control. The Margin property tells the location of a RadioButton on the parent control. The HorizontalAlignment and VerticalAlignment properties are used to set horizontal and vertical alignments.


The Background and Foreground properties represent the background and foreground colors of  a RadioButton.


The following code snippet sets the name, height, and width of a RadioButton control.  The code also sets horizontal alignment to left and vertical alignment to top.


<RadioButton Margin="10,10,0,13" Name="RadioButton1" HorizontalAlignment="Left" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="150" Height="15" Background="Yellow " Foreground="Blue">

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The RadioButton looks like following:


RadioButton Grouping

The GroupName property of a RadioButton assigns a RadioButton to a group. Only one RadioButton can be in the selected states at once and by selecting a new RadioButton unselects the previous selected RadioButton.

The following code assigns four RadioButton controls to a group called MCSites.


<RadioButton Margin="10,5,0,0" GroupName="MCSites" Background="Yellow" Foreground="Blue" >

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<RadioButton Margin="10,5,0,0" GroupName="MCSites" Background="Yellow" Foreground="Orange" >

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<RadioButton Margin="10,5,0,0" GroupName="MCSites" Background="Yellow" Foreground="Green" >

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<RadioButton Margin="10,5,0,0" GroupName="MCSites" Background="Yellow" Foreground="Purple" >




The output looks like Figure 2. If you select one RadioButton, the previous RadioButton will be unselected.


Adding a Checked Event Handler

RadioButton control has Checked event as default event and raised when you check a radio button. The following code snippet adds the event handler.  

<RadioButton Name="Btn1" Margin="10,5,0,0" GroupName="MCSites"

                     Background="Yellow" Foreground="Blue" Checked="Btn1_Checked">

The following checked event handler sets the foreground and background color of the checked RadioButton and sets black and white rest of them.


private void Btn1_Checked(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


    Btn1.Foreground = Brushes.Blue;

    Btn1.Background = Brushes.Yellow;

    Btn2.Foreground = Brushes.Black;

    Btn2.Background = Brushes.White;

    Btn3.Foreground = Brushes.Black;

    Btn3.Background = Brushes.White;

    Btn4.Foreground = Brushes.Black;

    Btn4.Background = Brushes.White;



New RadioButton group looks like Figure 3.


Finding a Selected Item in the Group

The IsChecked property of RadioButton represents of a RadioButton is checked or not. The following code snippet on a button click event handler finds the text of the selected RadioButton in a group.

private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)


   if( Btn1.IsChecked == true)


   else if (Btn2.IsChecked == true)


   else if (Btn3.IsChecked == true)







In this article, I discussed how to create and use a RadioButton control available in WPF and XAML.

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