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Getting Started with WPF Callout

This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a sample application that contains a RadCallout control.

Assembly References

To use RadCallout, you will need to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls

You can find the required assemblies for each control from the suite in the Controls Dependencies help article.

Defining RadCallout in XAML

The control can be used as a static element to highlight an element from your application. This gives you the freedom to place the control in any type of parent.

Example 1: Defining in XAML

    <telerik:RadButton Content="My Button" VerticalAlignment="Center" HorizontalAlignment="Center" /> 
    <telerik:RadCallout Margin="0 0 0 100" Content="Click on the button" /> 

Defining as a Popup

The control can be placed inside a Popup element. This way, you can dynamically show/hide the control per your needs. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are going to show the RadCallout on a button click. First, we need to define our RadButton control and subscribe to its Click event.

Example 2: Defining RadButton

    <telerik:RadButton Content="My Button" VerticalAlignment="Center" HorizontalAlignment="Center" Click="RadButton_Click" /> 
In the click event handler, we can declare our RadCallout control. To show the control, we need to use the CalloutPopupService.Show() static method. The third parameter (not required) of this method accepts CalloutPopupSettings object. You can use these settings, for example, to change the position of the control, add animation, etc.

Example 3: Setting RadCallout in code behind

private void RadButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) 
    RadCallout callout = new RadCallout() { Background = Brushes.DeepSkyBlue, Content = "My Callout" }; 
    CalloutPopupSettings settings = new CalloutPopupSettings() 
        Placement = System.Windows.Controls.Primitives.PlacementMode.Top, 
    CalloutPopupService.Show(callout, sender as FrameworkElement, settings); 
If you run the application now, you should see the RadCallout control on top of the button when you click it like in Figure 1:

Figure 1: RadCallout sample

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Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Fluent.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the ResourceDictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For the RadCallout, you will need to merge the following resources:

    • Telerik.Windows.Controls

Example 4 demonstrates how to merge the ResourceDictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 4: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Fluent;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Fluent;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 

Alternatively, you can use the theme of the control via the StyleManager.

Figure 4 shows a RadCallout with the Fluent theme applied.

Figure 4: RadCallout with the Fluent theme

RadCallout with Fluent theme

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