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Posted 23 Mar 2006

An Office 2003-like popup notifier

, 23 Mar 2006
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A nice little control to help the user notice you're trying to tell him something...


This is a simple project, a control that mimics the Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 mail alert.


This control has several features. Among them, you'll find:

Progressive appearance - transparency

MSN Messenger like pop-ups (any size, color, etc.)

Another sample

This control is 100% drawn in the code, there is absolutely no other dependencies than System.Drawing and System.Windows.Forms.

You can include a ContextMenuStrip when clicking on the "down arrow" button.

Using the code

The controls is made of two basic classes:

  • A form (the part that will actually show up).
  • A class that contains all the properties that will be includable on forms.

The class contains two timers, one used for the appearing/disappearing animation, the other (configurable) is used to define how much time the popup is shown before it disappears.

This is how the form is actually shown:

fPopup.Size = Size
fPopup.Opacity = 0
fPopup.Location = _
  New Point(Screen.PrimaryScreen.WorkingArea.Right_
   - fPopup.Size.Width - 1, _

The form is does the drawing in the Paint event.

I'm using these functions to obtain a color that is similar but lighter/darker. There might exist another method.

Private Function GetDarkerColor(ByVal Color As Color) As Color
    Dim clNew As Color
    clNew = Drawing.Color.FromArgb(255, DedValueMin0(CInt(Color.R), _
            Parent.GradientPower), DedValueMin0(CInt(Color.G), _
            Parent.GradientPower), DedValueMin0(CInt(Color.B), _
    Return clNew
End Function

And to avoid flickering...

Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.OptimizedDoubleBuffer, True)
Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.ResizeRedraw, True)
Me.SetStyle(ControlStyles.AllPaintingInWmPaint, True)

Points of Interest

None really, it's nice, it's fun, it's colorful... that's it :)


  • March 2006 - V 1.0.


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


About the Author

Nicolas Wälti
Software Developer (Senior)
Switzerland Switzerland
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionHow to use this in a project C# Pin
harvindersingh11529-Sep-08 4:22
memberharvindersingh11529-Sep-08 4:22 
AnswerRe: How to use this in a project C# Pin
harvindersingh1151-Oct-08 5:03
memberharvindersingh1151-Oct-08 5:03 
Just to update I am now okay with this, as I was able to create an example working very nicely. Only one issue left and I have posted a new thread with the issue for clsoing the popu when the lose button is pressed.
GeneralRe: How to use this in a project C# Pin
lasai27-Jan-10 16:48
memberlasai27-Jan-10 16:48 
GeneralExcellent Work........... Pin
Member 401738119-Aug-08 7:14
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GeneralFrom right to left order Pin
ammsamm22-Oct-07 1:40
memberammsamm22-Oct-07 1:40 
GeneralNew version anyone Pin
Nick Waelti26-Aug-07 0:21
memberNick Waelti26-Aug-07 0:21 
GeneralRe: New version anyone - I'd be glad Pin
semmel7110-Oct-07 9:04
membersemmel7110-Oct-07 9:04 
GeneralRe: New version anyone Pin
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JokeRe: New version anyone Pin
garyjohn_200031-Dec-07 7:06
membergaryjohn_200031-Dec-07 7:06 
NewsUnused Code Pin
pablleaf21-Jun-07 13:07
memberpablleaf21-Jun-07 13:07 
NewsRedundant Line of Code Pin
pablleaf21-Jun-07 11:38
memberpablleaf21-Jun-07 11:38 
GeneralSmall Doubt Pin
GayuDams26-Apr-07 3:05
memberGayuDams26-Apr-07 3:05 
GeneralOpacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
fperugini22-Mar-07 11:18
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AnswerRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
fperugini23-Mar-07 5:33
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QuestionRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
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AnswerRe: Opacity Problem with multiple stacking popups Pin
fperugini13-Apr-07 8:16
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GeneralMultiple Highlight Lines Pin
b00tleg22-Mar-07 10:38
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AnswerRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pin
Nick Waelti22-Mar-07 23:34
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GeneralRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pin
b00tleg23-Mar-07 8:04
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GeneralRe: Multiple Highlight Lines Pin
Honey Arora23-May-07 20:29
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GeneralC# version Pin
Ambili_T21-Mar-07 23:23
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AnswerRe: C# version Pin
LittleWhiteDog22-Mar-07 22:33
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QuestionHowto move the popup with the grip? Pin
LittleWhiteDog14-Mar-07 6:32
memberLittleWhiteDog14-Mar-07 6:32 
AnswerRe: Howto move the popup with the grip? Pin
Nick Waelti15-Mar-07 3:42
memberNick Waelti15-Mar-07 3:42 
QuestionRe: Howto move the popup with the grip? [modified] Pin
LittleWhiteDog21-Mar-07 6:20
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