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Simple Bevel Control

, 26 Jan 2007
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A simple control for visually grouping controls with edges / bevels
Sample Image - bevelcontrol.jpg

Introduction

Recently, I ran into the problem of grouping components visually. I wasn't satisfied with panels and groupboxes so I searched for an alternative. After some Googling, I decided to write a simple control by myself.

Background

"Good ol' Delphi" provided a nifty component called TBevel for visually grouping controls. It's not a container and acts only like a "spacer".

Controls like this are often used to divide buttons at the bottom of a form from the others above. Take a look at the "OK" and "Cancel" buttons in the screen shot. They are visually grouped together and divided from the rest.

Using the code

Provided are four additional properties:

BevelStyle Possible values:
public enum BevelStyle
{
  Lowered,
  Raised
}
BevelType Possible values:
public enum BevelType 
{
  Box, 
  Frame, 
  TopLine, 
  BottomLine, 
  LeftLine,
  RightLine, 
  Spacer                        
}
HighlightColor Possible values:
any Color
ShadowColor Possible values:
any Color

Points of Interest

Well, there are none... It's just a simple graphical control. Nothing special - but definitely a "nice to have".

There is only one thing I could mention here: The value BevelType.Spacer displays a dotted rect around the control only at designtime.

History

  • 26th January, 2007: Initial release

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

OlliFromTor
Software Developer
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralArtifacts when resizing PinmemberJustAResearcher6-Nov-09 9:51 
GeneralVery Nice Pinmembersunnyandy27-Sep-08 9:06 
QuestionHow about ControlPaint PinmemberOleg A.Lukin29-Jan-07 22:37 
AnswerRe: How about ControlPaint PinmemberOlliFromTor29-Jan-07 23:07 
GeneralToolbox Pinmemberfraveu29-Jan-07 7:51 
GeneralRe: Toolbox PinmemberOlliFromTor29-Jan-07 21:45 
GeneralRe: Toolbox [modified] Pinmemberfraveu30-Jan-07 2:48 
GeneralExcellent PinmemberPatrick Sears26-Jan-07 9:47 
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GeneralRe: Nice PinmemberIlíon29-Jan-07 5:18 

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