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Adding a 'Minimize to tray'-button to a Form's caption bar

, 11 Jul 2005
An article on how to add a custom button to the caption bar.
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using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Data;

namespace MinTrayBtn_Demo
{
	/// <summary>
	/// Summary description for WinForm.
	/// </summary>
	public class WinForm : System.Windows.Forms.Form
	{
		private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Label label;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Label label1;
		private System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon notifyIcon1;
		/// <summary>
		/// Required designer variable.
		/// </summary>

		TyronM.MinTrayBtn mybutton;
	
		public WinForm()
		{
			//
			// Required for Windows Form Designer support
			//
			InitializeComponent();

			mybutton = new TyronM.MinTrayBtn(this);
			mybutton.MinTrayBtnClicked+=new TyronM.MinTrayBtnClickedEventHandler(TrayBtn_clicked);


			this.label.Text="The Button works now for every caption bar size but it "+
							"won't work with WinXP styles. For preventing the button to be displayed "+
							"on systems with visual styles, see http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/xptheme.asp\n\n"+
							"That's all. Have fun :)\n";
		}

		public void TrayBtn_clicked(object sender, EventArgs e) {
			this.Hide();
			this.notifyIcon1.Visible = true;
		}


		private void notifyIcon1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
		{
			this.Show();
			this.notifyIcon1.Visible = false;
		}


		/// <summary>
		/// Clean up any resources being used.
		/// </summary>
		protected override void Dispose (bool disposing)
		{
			if (disposing)
			{
				if (components != null)
				{
					components.Dispose();
				}
			}
			base.Dispose(disposing);
		}

		#region Windows Form Designer generated code
		/// <summary>
		/// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
		/// the contents of this method with the code editor.
		/// </summary>
		private void InitializeComponent() {
			this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
			System.Resources.ResourceManager resources = new System.Resources.ResourceManager(typeof(WinForm));
			this.notifyIcon1 = new System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon(this.components);
			this.label1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
			this.label = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
			this.SuspendLayout();
			// 
			// notifyIcon1
			// 
			this.notifyIcon1.Icon = ((System.Drawing.Icon)(resources.GetObject("notifyIcon1.Icon")));
			this.notifyIcon1.Text = "notifyIcon1";
			this.notifyIcon1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.notifyIcon1_Click);
			// 
			// label1
			// 
			this.label1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Top;
			this.label1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
			this.label1.Name = "label1";
			this.label1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 23);
			this.label1.TabIndex = 1;
			this.label1.Text = "=== \'Minimize to Tray\' - Button ===";
			this.label1.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.TopCenter;
			// 
			// label
			// 
			this.label.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)(((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left) 
						| System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
			this.label.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 24);
			this.label.Name = "label";
			this.label.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 120);
			this.label.TabIndex = 0;
			this.label.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleLeft;
			// 
			// WinForm
			// 
			this.AutoScaleBaseSize = new System.Drawing.Size(5, 13);
			this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 133);
			this.Controls.Add(this.label1);
			this.Controls.Add(this.label);
			this.Icon = ((System.Drawing.Icon)(resources.GetObject("$this.Icon")));
			this.MinimumSize = new System.Drawing.Size(260, 160);
			this.Name = "WinForm";
			this.Text = "WinForm";
			this.ResumeLayout(false);
		}
		#endregion

		/// <summary>
		/// The main entry point for the application.
		/// </summary>
		[STAThread]
		static void Main() 
		{
			Application.Run(new WinForm());
		}
		
	}
}

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