ToolTip ExampleUse the ToolTip attribute and the ToolTipOpening event to provide hover information.
This page was last reviewed on Sep 29, 2022.
ToolTip. A ToolTip appears when the mouse hovers over a control. In WPF, we use the ToolTip attribute and the ToolTipOpening event to create ToolTips.
Getting started. This example markup has a Button control—add this by dragging it from the Toolbox to the window, where it nests within the Grid. Next add a ToolTip attribute.
ToolTip code. With the ToolTip attribute, we can set static ToolTip strings. The ToolTip string is displayed when the user hovers over the control.
Here I added the ToolTipOpening event handler. In the Button_ToolTipOpening method, we dynamically set the content of the ToolTip.
Detail In Button_ToolTipOpening, we cast the sender object to a Button type. Then we set the ToolTip of the Button.
Tip The opening event occurs right before the ToolTip is displayed. So we change its value right when needed.
<Window x:Class="WpfApplication8.MainWindow" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525"> <Grid> <Button Content="Button" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="10,10,0,0" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="75" ToolTip="Not shown" ToolTipOpening="Button_ToolTipOpening"/> </Grid> </Window>
using System; using System.Windows; using System.Windows.Controls; namespace WpfApplication8 { public partial class MainWindow : Window { public MainWindow() { InitializeComponent(); } private void Button_ToolTipOpening(object sender, ToolTipEventArgs e) { // ... Set ToolTip on Button before it is shown. Button b = sender as Button; b.ToolTip = DateTime.Now.ToShortTimeString(); } } }
A discussion. Usually a ToolTip is just a static property—so just set the ToolTip property in your XAML. Programs rarely need to set ToolTips dynamically.
Note A program can use a default ToolTip property, and only change it when needed in ToolTipOpening (or another event handler).
ToolTipClosing. This event occurs when the ToolTip goes away. As with the ToolTipOpening event handler, or any event handler, you can run arbitrary interface code here.
Summary. ToolTips in WPF are easy to add, change, and even manipulate in a dynamic way with C# code. There is more complexity to them than shown here, but this example covers the basics.
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