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MBToolStrip and StatusStrip

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Why another Tool Strip or Status Strip? The standard ToolStrip/StatusStrip is too limited in functionality and I couldn't find a custom control written that did all that I wanted. This is a User Control with Microsoft Office 2007 Visual Style. It is simple to use, just drop it on the form, and use it like the normal ToolStrip or StatusStrip Control.


MBToolStrip/MBStatusStrip is a ToolStrip/StatusStrip which inherits all the properties of simple ToolStrip and StatusStrip control. I added Microsoft Office 2007 like Visuals in MBMenuStrip/MBToolStrip. The language used is VB.NET. There are so many classes which provides same functionality, but for that we have to write minimum two lines of code to add that renderer class in our application. MBToolStrip/MBStatusStrip is the MenuStrip which already contains MBMenuRenderer Class You Just add the reference of MBToolStrip.Dll and used it by Dragging and Dropping in your application.


The concept for this Tool Strip came from the Microsoft Office 2007 Tool Strip and Status Strip. I organized methods of MBMenuRenderer into layers like this:

Following methods which are responsible for rendering simple Tool Strip and Status Strip like Microsoft office.

This method Render Background of MBToolStrip/MBStatusStrip item:

Private Sub RenderToolButtonBackground(ByVal g As Graphics, ByVal button As ToolStripButton, ByVal toolstrip As ToolStrip)
        If (button.Enabled) Then
            If (button.Checked) Then
                If (button.Pressed) Then
                    DrawGradientToolItem(g, button, _itemToolItemPressedColors)
                ElseIf (button.Selected) Then
                    DrawGradientToolItem(g, button, _itemToolItemCheckPressColors)
                    DrawGradientToolItem(g, button, _itemToolItemCheckedColors)
                End If
                If (button.Pressed) Then
                    DrawGradientToolItem(g, button, _itemToolItemPressedColors)
                ElseIf (button.Selected) Then
                    DrawGradientToolItem(g, button, _itemToolItemSelectedColors)
                End If
            End If
            If (button.Selected) Then
                Dim mousePos As Point = toolstrip.PointToClient(Control.MousePosition)
                If (Not button.Bounds.Contains(mousePos)) Then DrawGradientToolItem(g, button, _itemDisabledColors)
            End If
        End If
    End Sub

This method Render Image of MBToolStrip/MBStatusStrip Item:

Protected Overrides Sub OnRenderItemImage(ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItemImageRenderEventArgs)
        If TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is ContextMenuStrip Or TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is ToolStripDropDownMenu Then
            If Not (e.Image Is Nothing) Then
                If (e.Item.Enabled) Then
                    e.Graphics.DrawImage(e.Image, e.ImageRectangle)
                    ControlPaint.DrawImageDisabled(e.Graphics, e.Image, _
                                                   e.ImageRectangle.X, _
                                                   e.ImageRectangle.Y, _
                End If
            End If
        End If
    End Sub

This method Handles Text of MBToolStrip/MBStatusStrip:

Protected Overrides Sub OnRenderItemText(ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItemTextRenderEventArgs)
        If TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is MenuStrip Or TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is ToolStrip Or _
                 TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is ContextMenuStrip Or _
                 TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is ToolStripDropDownMenu Then
            If (Not e.Item.Enabled) Then
                e.TextColor = _textDisabled
                If (TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is MenuStrip And Not e.Item.Pressed And Not e.Item.Selected) Then
                    e.TextColor = _textMenuStripItem
                ElseIf (TypeOf (e.ToolStrip) Is StatusStrip And Not e.Item.Pressed And Not e.Item.Selected) Then
                    e.TextColor = _textStatusStripItem
                    e.TextColor = _textContextMenuItem
                End If
                Using clearTypeGridFit As UseClearTypeGridFit = New UseClearTypeGridFit(e.Graphics)
                End Using
            End If
        End If
    End Sub

Using the Code

It is very easy to use the MBToolStrip/MBStatusStrip in your application. Just add the reference of the provided DLL to your application and just drag and drop.


  • MBToolStrip and MBStatusStrip Version 1.0.


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About the Author

Manoj K Bhoir
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It always seems good to hear about me, but the thing I do is I code. I'm Interested in Designing Windows Based Application, Web Applications and building Mobile Applications. Currently restricting it to Android 4.0 applications, building Internet Based Applications using ASP.NET and contributing to bring the student community to a position which will help technology to reach the greatest heights ever. A very Big fan of Microsoft & Android..!!
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberAlhoot20043-Feb-13 13:38 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 PinmemberManoj K Bhoir5-Feb-13 0:45 
QuestionHow to change String flags on text rendering Pinmemberhackerspk10-Nov-12 7:57 
QuestionIs this translated from c#? PinmemberDaniel Nutu22-May-12 4:34 
AnswerRe: Is this translated from c#? PinmemberManoj K Bhoir24-May-12 21:45 
No It's Totally Different!The above provided link contain only renderer class.You Have to change the Renderer Property Of Default Control.Where as My Article Contain Different User Control.Just Drag & Drop to Use. Smile | :)
QuestionNice job Pinmembervbfengshui8-Mar-12 12:33 
AnswerRe: Nice job PinmemberManoj K Bhoir27-Mar-12 1:41 

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