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Getting Started with WinForms Callout

This article shows how you can start using RadCallout. The following result will be achieved at the end of this tutorial:

WinForms RadCallout Getting Started

The design may vary according to the applied theme to the application.

Follow the steps:

1. Go ahead and add a RadCallout and a RadButton from the toolbox.

2. Add a UserControl to the form. Its design depends on the exact requirement a developer may have.

The following UserControl contains:

  • Header RadPanel which is docked to Top. It hosts a RadPictureBox showing the information image, a RadLabel displaying the "Language" caption and a RadButton for closing purposes.

Please ensure that the close RadButton's Name property is set to closeButton and the RadPanel.Name property is set to headerPanel.

  • Footer RadPanel which is docked to Bottom. It hosts three RadButton controls for the "Previous", "Next" and "Tour again" actions.

  • RadLabel for displaying the main information message "Select a Language and continue to a Version".

WinForms RadCallout RadLabel

3. Build the project and then add the UserControl from the toolbox to the form.

4. Select RadCallout and click the small arrow on the top right position in order to open the Smart Tag. Then set the AssociatedControl to the UserControl we just added onto the form:

WinForms RadCallout AssociatedControl

5. At design time double-click the RadButton that we added in step 1. Thus, its Click event handler will be generated. Now, when the button is clicked, the RadCallout will be shown:

Showing the RadCallout

private void radButton1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

Private Sub RadButton1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles RadButton1.Click
End Sub

6. Run the project and click the button. Once the callout is shown, it will be automatically hidden if you click outside the callout's bounds.

7. It is possible to force closing the callout when the user hits the close button in the header. For this purpose it is necessary to access the close button from the UserControl and handle its Click event:

Closing the RadCallout

public CalloutSettings()

    RadButton closeButton = calloutUserControl1.Controls["headerPanel"].Controls["closeButton"] as RadButton;
    closeButton.Click += CloseButton_Click;

private void CloseButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (this.radCallout1.CalloutForm.Visible)

Public Sub New()
    Dim closeButton As RadButton = TryCast(CalloutUserControl1.Controls("headerPanel").Controls("closeButton"), RadButton)
    AddHandler closeButton.Click, AddressOf CloseButton_Click
End Sub

Private Sub CloseButton_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
    If Me.RadCallout1.CalloutForm.Visible Then
    End If
End Sub

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