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Posted 14 Nov 2006

Custom Message Box

, 14 Nov 2006
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This article is written for the help of developing his own message box and can be used anywhere we want to use. This is written in C#. I think it will help to maximum developer.

Sample Image - CustomMessageBox.jpg


I am new for codeproject and this is my first article. I have written this article to help the developers who want to create own message box. So I think it would be most helpfull for the readers. I have written code in C#. And I will continue to inhancements in it if got any sugession from readers and I will most welcome to resolve query of readers.

How To Use

Basically I have written this article when I have required this in my project and try to find code. I have found a lot of code but I had not come way of coding. So finally decided to write my own code. And try to code for this article and got success in my way.

You can not directly use this article in your application but it will be helpful when
you want to generate your message box. Follow the following steps:

1. Add new form and named it.
2. Design GUI as per given image above.
3. Declare following in partial class
        private bool mouse_is_down = false;
        private Point mouse_pos;
4. On Load event paste this code:
        private void MsgBox_load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            if (!btnCancel.Visible)
                btnOK.Left = (this.Width - btnOK.Width) / 2;
                btnOK.Left = this.Width / 2 - btnOK.Width - 5;
            btnCancel.Left = btnOK.Right + 5;


  # region "Apperiance"

        public void ResizeForm()

            if (lblMessage.Width > 168)
                this.Width = lblMessage.Width + 88;

            int lblWidth = this.lblMessage.Width;
            this.lblMessage.AutoSize = false;
            this.lblMessage.Width = lblWidth;


      public void MyMessageBox(string message)
            MsgBox msgbox = new MsgBox();
            lblMessage.Text = message;


5.  Code it for set button's visibility and Setting  message title

     public void buttonVisibility(bool OK, bool cancelstatus, bool checkbox,string msgTitle)
            btnOK.Visible = OK;
            btnCancel.Visible = cancelstatus;
            chkAskagain.Visible = checkbox;
            lblTitle.Text = msgTitle;

6.  write this code for OK and Cancel action

    private void btnCancel_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

        private void btnOK_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            this.DialogResult = DialogResult.OK;


7. This code is for moving the form

    private void pbMessage_MouseDown(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            mouse_pos.X = e.X;
            mouse_pos.Y = e.Y;
            mouse_is_down = true;

        private void pbMessage_MouseUp(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            mouse_is_down = false;

        private void pbMessage_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            if (mouse_is_down)
                Point current_pos = Control.MousePosition;
                current_pos.X = current_pos.X - mouse_pos.X;
                current_pos.Y = current_pos.Y - mouse_pos.Y;
                this.Location = current_pos;

8.  And last is for closing the msgbox.

     private void pictureBox2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

How to call this message box in your application:

Write this code in that partial class where you have to call message box

private MsgBox msgbox = new MsgBox();

Finally write for calling of messagebox

            msgbox.MyMessageBox("Hi!This is Demo Message Box");
            msgbox.buttonVisibility(true, true, true,"Demo Message Box");
            DialogResult msgdresult = msgbox.ShowDialog();





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About the Author

Avadhesh Kumar Maurya
Software Developer (Senior) TMG India (P) Ltd.
India India
I am Avadhesh Kumar Maurya living in Gurgaon and working in Microsoft Technologies (,, Javascript, MVC. Sql Server, VB6.0, WCF, Ajax) from last 8 years. I loves reading Science Fiction,and listening to soft music.

Have a nice day!

Avadhesh Kumar Maurya

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