ToolTip.OwnerDraw Property


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Gets or sets a value indicating whether the ToolTip is drawn by the operating system or by code that you provide.

Namespace:   System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public bool OwnerDraw {
	[UIPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.Demand, Window = UIPermissionWindow.AllWindows)]

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the ToolTip is drawn by code that you provide; false if the ToolTip is drawn by the operating system. The default is false.

Usually, a ToolTip is drawn by the operating system, but to customize the appearance of the ToolTip you can set the OwnerDraw property to true and handle the Draw event.

The IsBalloon property takes precedence over the OwnerDraw property. If both are set to true, the ToolTip will be displayed using a balloon window rather than an owner drawn window.

The following code example demonstrates how to owner draw the ToolTip. The example creates a ToolTip and associates it to three Button controls located on the Form. The example sets the OwnerDraw property to true and handles the Draw event. In the Draw event handler, the ToolTip is custom drawn differently depending upon what button the ToolTip is being displayed for as indicated by the DrawToolTipEventArgs.AssociatedControl property.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles;

namespace ToolTipExample
    // Form for the ToolTip example.
    public class ToolTipExampleForm : System.Windows.Forms.Form
        private System.Windows.Forms.ToolTip toolTip1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button2;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Button button3;

        public ToolTipExampleForm()
            // Create the ToolTip and set initial values.
            this.toolTip1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolTip();
            this.toolTip1.AutoPopDelay = 5000;
            this.toolTip1.InitialDelay = 500;
            this.toolTip1.OwnerDraw = true;
            this.toolTip1.ReshowDelay = 10;
            this.toolTip1.Draw += new DrawToolTipEventHandler(this.toolTip1_Draw);
            this.toolTip1.Popup += new PopupEventHandler(toolTip1_Popup);

            // Create button1 and set initial values.
            this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 8);
            this.button1.Text = "Button 1";
            this.toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button1, "Button1 tip text");

            // Create button2 and set initial values.
            this.button2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 32);
            this.button2.Text = "Button 2";
            this.toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button2, "Button2 tip text");

            // Create button3 and set initial values.
            this.button3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 56);
            this.button3.Text = "Button 3";
            this.toolTip1.SetToolTip(this.button3, "Button3 tip text");

            // Set up the Form.
            this.Controls.AddRange(new Control[] {
                this.button1, this.button2, this.button3
            this.Text = "owner drawn ToolTip example";

        // Clean up any resources being used.        
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
            if (disposing)


        // The main entry point for the application.
        static void Main()
            Application.Run(new ToolTipExampleForm());

        // Determines the correct size for the button2 ToolTip.
        private void toolTip1_Popup(object sender, PopupEventArgs e)
            if (e.AssociatedControl == button2)
                using (Font f = new Font("Tahoma", 9))
                    e.ToolTipSize = TextRenderer.MeasureText(
                        toolTip1.GetToolTip(e.AssociatedControl), f);

        // Handles drawing the ToolTip.
        private void toolTip1_Draw(System.Object sender, 
            System.Windows.Forms.DrawToolTipEventArgs e)
            // Draw the ToolTip differently depending on which 
            // control this ToolTip is for.
            // Draw a custom 3D border if the ToolTip is for button1.
            if (e.AssociatedControl == button1)
                // Draw the standard background.

                // Draw the custom border to appear 3-dimensional.
                e.Graphics.DrawLines(SystemPens.ControlLightLight, new Point[] {
                    new Point (0, e.Bounds.Height - 1), 
                    new Point (0, 0), 
                    new Point (e.Bounds.Width - 1, 0)
                e.Graphics.DrawLines(SystemPens.ControlDarkDark, new Point[] {
                    new Point (0, e.Bounds.Height - 1), 
                    new Point (e.Bounds.Width - 1, e.Bounds.Height - 1), 
                    new Point (e.Bounds.Width - 1, 0)

                // Specify custom text formatting flags.
                TextFormatFlags sf = TextFormatFlags.VerticalCenter |
                                     TextFormatFlags.HorizontalCenter |

                // Draw the standard text with customized formatting options.
            // Draw a custom background and text if the ToolTip is for button2.
            else if (e.AssociatedControl == button2)
                // Draw the custom background.
                e.Graphics.FillRectangle(SystemBrushes.ActiveCaption, e.Bounds);

                // Draw the standard border.

                // Draw the custom text.
                // The using block will dispose the StringFormat automatically.
                using (StringFormat sf = new StringFormat())
                    sf.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;
                    sf.LineAlignment = StringAlignment.Center;
                    sf.HotkeyPrefix = System.Drawing.Text.HotkeyPrefix.None;
                    sf.FormatFlags = StringFormatFlags.NoWrap;
                    using (Font f = new Font("Tahoma", 9))
                        e.Graphics.DrawString(e.ToolTipText, f, 
                            SystemBrushes.ActiveCaptionText, e.Bounds, sf);
            // Draw the ToolTip using default values if the ToolTip is for button3.
            else if (e.AssociatedControl == button3)

.NET Framework
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