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SimpleButton Class

The button that can display text along with a custom image and can be clicked at runtime without receiving focus.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraEditors

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraEditors.v19.2.dll


[ToolboxBitmap(typeof(ToolboxIconsRootNS), "SimpleButton")]
public class SimpleButton :
<ToolboxBitmap(GetType(ToolboxIconsRootNS), "SimpleButton")>
Public Class SimpleButton
    Inherits BaseButton
    Implements IAnimatedItem,

The following members accept/return SimpleButton objects:

Library Related API Members
Cross-Platform Class Library WizardViewBase.ActiveButton
WinForms Controls WizardViewBase.ActiveButton


The SimpleButton's default appearance is specified by the current paint theme (skin).

The button's associated action (the Click event) is invoked when you click the button with the mouse or press the ENTER or SPACE BAR key (if the button has focus).

The following are the main properties of the SimpleButton class.


The following sample code declares a CreateSimpleButton method that creates and initializes a new SimpleButton control. The method has two parameters specifying the coordinates of the button's top left corner. The BaseButton.CalcBestFit method is used to calculate the size of the button's contents (an image and text) in order to set a proper button size.

The result of the sample code execution is displayed below.

SimpleButton - CalcBestFit

using DevExpress.XtraEditors;
// ...
private void CreateSimpleButton(int left, int top){
   // Creating and initializing a new SimpleButton control
   SimpleButton simpleButton = new SimpleButton();
   simpleButton.Text = "Show Settings Page";
   simpleButton.ImageList = imageList1;
   simpleButton.ImageIndex = 0;
   simpleButton.Size = simpleButton.CalcBestFit(simpleButton.CreateGraphics());
   simpleButton.Location = new Point(left, top);
// Creating SimpleButton control at the specific location
CreateSimpleButton(30, 30);


This example shows how to create a SuperToolTip containing a hyperlink for a SimpleButton.

The SimpleButton control provides the BaseControl.SuperTip inherited property that allows you to set a tooltip. To enable use of the <href> tag and other HTML text formatting tags in tooltips, activate the HTML Text Formatting feature (for instance, via the SuperToolTip.AllowHtmlText property). To respond to clicking a hyperlink, handle the ToolTipController.HyperlinkClick event.

The code that creates a SuperToolTip for a button is shown at the end of this section. At design time, you can create a SuperToolTip for a button as shown below. In this case, you still need to implement the HyperlinkClick event in code.

At design time, select the SimpleButton control and click the ellipses button within the SuperTip row in the Properties window:

SimpleButton-SuperTip property

This invokes the SuperToolTip Editor, which allows you to set the tooltip content and activate the HTML formatting feature:

ToolTipController - Designer

When you run the application, the result will be as follows:

ToolTipController - HyperlinkClick

using DevExpress.Utils;
using System.Diagnostics;

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    // Access the controller that manages tooltips for all controls:
    ToolTipController defaultTooltipController = DevExpress.Utils.ToolTipController.DefaultController;

    // Create and customize a SuperToolTip:
    SuperToolTip sTooltip = new SuperToolTip();
    SuperToolTipSetupArgs args = new SuperToolTipSetupArgs();
    args.Title.Text = "Header";
    args.Contents.Text = "This tooltip contains a hyperlink. Visit the <href=http://help.devexpress.com>DevExpress Knowledge Center</href> to learn more.";
    args.ShowFooterSeparator = true;
    args.Footer.Text = "Footer";
    // Enable HTML Text Formatting for the created SuperToolTip:
    sTooltip.AllowHtmlText = DefaultBoolean.True;
    //..or enable this feature for all tooltips:
    //defaultTooltipController.AllowHtmlText = true;

    // Respond to clicking hyperlinks in tooltips:
    defaultTooltipController.HyperlinkClick += defaultTooltipController_HyperlinkClick;

    // Assign a SuperToolTip to the button:
    simpleButton1.SuperTip = sTooltip;

void defaultTooltipController_HyperlinkClick(object sender, HyperlinkClickEventArgs e) {
    Process process = new Process();
    process.StartInfo.FileName = (e.Link);
    process.StartInfo.Verb = "open";
    process.StartInfo.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Normal;
    try {
    catch { }
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