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A clickable button

, 13 Jun 2002
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An immensely handy clickable button.
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Welcome to ClickableButton!

As useful and as popular as Chris Maunder's "An unclickable button" article and class is, I thought that a clickable button might also be useful. While my ClickableButton class is implemented specifically for .NET, the very same techniques can be used in nearly every object-oriented windowing library.


Here's a sample of using the ClickableButton class. Notice that we've handled the Click event to show a message box of appreciation:


To use ClickableButton, simple add it to your form, either via the WinForms designer or manually, setting properties as appropriate:

class Form1 : Form {
  ClickableButton button1;
  void InitializeComponent() {
    this.button1 = new ClickableButton();
    this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 24);
    this.button1.Name = "button1";
    this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 120);
    this.button1.TabIndex = 0;
    this.button1.Text = "Click Me!";
    this.button1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button1_Click);
    this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] { this.button1});


Notice from the sample application that the ClickableButton will show itself as a shadowed square with a text label. When the user uses the mouse to click on the ClickableButton, it will take on a depressed look 'n' feel and fire the Click event, which a hosting program can handle. For example, the sample handles the Click event like so:

void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {
  MessageBox.Show("Ohhh... That's nice.", "ClickableButton Clicked");


My ClickableButton class derives from the base class System.Windows.Forms.Button class and adds absolutely nothing:

public class ClickableButton : System.Windows.Forms.Button


While this button is fairly functional, it's not nearly as fun as ChrisM's unclickable button. Potential ways to make it more fun include:

  • Calling the user nasty names.
  • Formatting "c:".
  • Switching the user interface language to Spanish.
  • Spawning a virus.
  • Overheating the CPU.
  • Resetting the user's MineSweeper high scores.


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Chris Sells
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 1 Pinmemberio.akimov29-Jul-10 7:49 
GeneralWPF PinmemberAdrian Schröder14-Sep-09 1:24 
GeneralMy Search Is Complete! PinmemberFelix De Herrera15-Jul-09 14:50 
I have no need to read anymore blogs, books, minds, or bathroom tissue. My life is complete. I have obtained nirvana. I love this code. So simple, so complex, so elegant. Ahhh.... I bask in my new found Bliss. Laugh | :laugh:
GeneralPlease ... Pinmembermbaocha6-May-09 13:42 
GeneralPlease anybody help me for how to sending Http request and how to get response of http for c#.Net Pinmemberdudhat8-Feb-08 6:48 
GeneralLOL Pinmembersk8er_boy2877-May-07 22:41 
GeneralNow your in trouble PinmemberGiles21-Oct-02 13:46 
Generalhahahahahahahahahha PinmemberSwinefeaster7-Jul-02 0:03 
GeneralSome industry perspective PinmemberMike Sax25-Jun-02 8:23 
GeneralRe: Some industry perspective PinadminDavid Cunningham25-Jun-02 18:45 
GeneralRe: Some industry perspective PinmemberNishant S25-Jun-02 19:09 
GeneralRe: Some industry perspective PineditorBrian Delahunty5-Oct-02 3:26 
GeneralException raised when started PinmemberPatko17-Jun-02 23:39 
GeneralRe: Exception raised when started PinmemberRob van der Veer8-Jun-04 3:25 
GeneralImprovement Suggestion PinmemberEd Gadziemski15-Jun-02 4:25 
QuestionCan you please post code for this is VB. I have need for in project Pinmemberzjouing14-Jun-02 23:22 
GeneralCool! PinmemberMazdak14-Jun-02 20:05 
GeneralNice. But can PinmemberChris Losinger14-Jun-02 10:29 
GeneralWOW!!!! PinmemberCWizard14-Jun-02 10:14 
GeneralRe: WOW!!!! PinmemberNebuGranny29-Mar-04 10:55 
QuestionI can't get it to work? PinmemberRoger Allen14-Jun-02 7:37 
GeneralFun PinmemberDieder14-Jun-02 5:31 
GeneralRe: Fun PinmemberMarc Richarme14-Jun-02 10:10 
GeneralAnother fun idea (article suggestion) PinmemberBlack Cat14-Jun-02 5:02 
GeneralYou're soooooooo evil PinsubeditorJames T. Johnson13-Jun-02 22:48 
GeneralRe: You're soooooooo evil Pinmemberyannc14-Jun-02 0:39 
GeneralNo future. Pinmemberfnicola13-Jun-02 22:31 
GeneralRe: No future. Pinmemberleppie14-Jun-02 5:23 
GeneralRe: No future. PinmemberChris Losinger14-Jun-02 11:23 
GeneralRe: No future. Pinmemberrobinds19-Jun-02 4:49 
GeneralRe: No future. PinmemberChris Losinger19-Jun-02 4:54 
GeneralRe: No future. PinmemberSander198117-Oct-03 3:19 
GeneralSimple & Consise PinmemberNorm Almond13-Jun-02 22:33 
GeneralRe: Simple & Consise Pinmemberpeterchen14-Jun-02 1:04 
GeneralSuperb! PinmemberVernero Cifagni13-Jun-02 22:12 
GeneralROTFLMAO PinmemberNish - Native CPian13-Jun-02 22:11 

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