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Screen Tips

Screen Tip is a UI feature which consists of a small window that appears when the mouse cursor is hovered over a particular element. By default each control has a ScreenTipNeeded event which is fired when the mouse hovers over the various elements inside the control. The screen tip extends the tooltips functionality because it can show many different elements including images.

Figure 1: A ScreenTip in RadGridView.


The RadOffice2007ScreenTipElement is the screen tip that is currently available in the Telerik UI for WinForms suite.This screen tip contains 3 labels and a line which is used to separate the footer. Each label element can display an image as well. The following image shows the elements that are used inside this screen tip.

Figure 2: RadOffice2007ScreenTipElement.


The following example demonstrates how you can show a tooltip when a RadListView item is hovered. Please note that the Item property contains the currently hovered element.

RadOffice2007ScreenTipElement screenTip = new RadOffice2007ScreenTipElement();
private void RadListView1_ScreenTipNeeded(object sender, Telerik.WinControls.ScreenTipNeededEventArgs e)
    var dataItem = e.Item as SimpleListViewVisualItem;
    if (e.Item != null)
        screenTip.CaptionLabel.Text = "Select Employee Name";
        screenTip.MainTextLabel.Text = "Current: " + dataItem.Text;
        screenTip.FooterTextLabel.Text = "Thank you!";
        screenTip.FooterVisible = true;
        dataItem.ScreenTip = screenTip;

Private screenTip As New RadOffice2007ScreenTipElement()
Private Sub RadListView1_ScreenTipNeeded(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Telerik.WinControls.ScreenTipNeededEventArgs)
    Dim dataItem = TryCast(e.Item, SimpleListViewVisualItem)
    If e.Item IsNot Nothing Then
        screenTip.CaptionLabel.Text = "Select Employee Name"
        screenTip.MainTextLabel.Text = "Current: " & dataItem.Text
        screenTip.FooterTextLabel.Text = "Thank you!"
        screenTip.FooterVisible = True
        dataItem.ScreenTip = screenTip
    End If
End Sub

Figure 3: Screen tip in RadListView


To determine which are the exact elements types, just add the following statement to the ScreenTipNeeded event: Console.WriteLine(e.Item), this way when you are hovering the elements, their types will be displayed in the console.

Custom Tooltips

To create custom tooltips you need to create a class that inherits RadScreenTipElement. You can add any elements to this class. The following code shows how you can add a simple element which only shows image and text:

Create custom screen tip

class MyScreenTip : RadScreenTipElement
    LightVisualElement contentElement = new LightVisualElement();
    public LightVisualElement ContentElement
            return contentElement;
    protected override void CreateChildElements()
        contentElement.DrawFill = true;
        contentElement.DrawText = true;
        contentElement.GradientStyle = GradientStyles.Solid;
        contentElement.TextImageRelation = TextImageRelation.ImageBeforeText;

Public Class MyScreenTip
    Inherits RadScreenTipElement
    Private _contentElement As LightVisualElement
    Public ReadOnly Property ContentElement() As LightVisualElement
            Return _contentElement
        End Get
    End Property
    Protected Overrides Sub CreateChildElements()
        _contentElement = New LightVisualElement()
        _contentElement.DrawFill = True
        _contentElement.DrawText = True
        _contentElement.GradientStyle = GradientStyles.Solid
        _contentElement.TextImageRelation = TextImageRelation.ImageBeforeText
    End Sub
End Class

You can use this element as the default screen tips.

Use the custom screen tip

MyScreenTip myScreenTip = new MyScreenTip();
private void RadGridView1_ScreenTipNeeded(object sender, ScreenTipNeededEventArgs e)
    if (e.Item is GridDataCellElement)
        var cell = e.Item as GridDataCellElement;
        myScreenTip.ContentElement.Text = cell.Text;
        myScreenTip.ContentElement.Image = img;
        myScreenTip.ContentElement.BackColor = Color.LightBlue;
        e.Item.ScreenTip = myScreenTip;

Private myScreenTip As New MyScreenTip()
Private Sub RadGridView1_ScreenTipNeeded(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As ScreenTipNeededEventArgs)
    If TypeOf e.Item Is GridDataCellElement Then
        Dim cell = TryCast(e.Item, GridDataCellElement)
        myScreenTip.ContentElement.Text = cell.Text
        myScreenTip.ContentElement.Image = img
        myScreenTip.ContentElement.BackColor = Color.LightBlue
        e.Item.ScreenTip = myScreenTip
    End If
End Sub

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