SuperToolTip in Windows Forms SuperToolTip(Classic)

26 Jul 202112 minutes to read

In Office 2007, Microsoft has introduced a SuperToolTip control to display the tooltip. Essential Tools has also come up with a new control known as the SuperToolTip which, enables the user to give tooltip information.

SuperToolTip control for Windows Forms

  • Header - The Header is used to display text which is used as a header for the tooltip.
  • Body - This is the description part.
  • Footer - If additional information is needed, it can be entered in the footer part.

Creating SuperToolTip through designer

  1. Drag and drop the SuperToolTip on your form.
  2. When the SuperToolTip component is added to a form, an extended property will be added to the properties of every item in the tool strip or tab item in the RibbonControlAdv.

    Creating SuperToolTip through designer


    You can also get or set a tooltip programmatically. It is discussed here.

  3. Clicking the … ellipse button will show the ToolTip Editor Dialog Box. This editor lets you customize the ToolTip items.

    Customize the ToolTip items

Through code

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools;
private SuperToolTip superToolTip1;
this.superToolTip1 = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip(this);

//Adding ToolTip Header Item
Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo toolTipInfo1 = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo();
toolTipInfo1.Header.Text = "Cut";
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.TopCenter;

//Associating SuperToolTip for ToolStripTabItem
this.superToolTip1.SetToolTip(this.toolStripTabItem1, toolTipInfo1);
Imports Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools
Private superToolTip1 As SuperToolTip
Me.superToolTip1 = New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip(Me) 

'Adding ToolTip Header Item
Dim toolTipInfo1 As New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo()
toolTipInfo1.Header.Text = "Cut" 
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.TopCenter

'Associating SuperToolTip for ToolStripTabItem
Me.superToolTip1.SetToolTip(this.toolStripTabItem1, toolTipInfo1)

Appearance settings

The appearance of the Super ToolTip can be customized using the below properties. This properties can be edited during design time using ToolTip Editor.

Property Description
BackColor Sets the background gradient color.
BorderColor Sets the border color for the control.
ForeColor Sets the fore color for the control.
Separator Shows or hides a separator between the Body and the Footer tooltip items.

Appearance settings for SuperToolTip

toolTipInfo2.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.LightBlue;
toolTipInfo1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.CadetBlue;
toolTipInfo1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.ControlText;
toolTipInfo2.Separator = true;
toolTipInfo2.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.LightBlue
toolTipInfo1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.CadetBlue
toolTipInfo1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.ControlText
toolTipInfo2.Separator = True

Customized appearance of SuperToolTip

Visual style

SuperToolTip control supports Visual styles such as Default,Metro,Office2016Colorful,Office2016White,Office2016Black and Office2016DarkGray.

//Sample code for setting “Office2016 Colorful” style for SuperToolTip

this.superToolTip1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip.Appearance.Office2016Colorful;
Me.superToolTip1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip.Appearance.Office2016Colorful;

Visual style for SuperToolTip

Behavior settings

The following properties control the behavior of the SuperToolTip control.

Property Description
InitialDelay Indicates the time (ms) before the tooltip is displayed.
MaxWidth Sets the maximum width for the tooltip to be displayed. When the text of the tooltip exceeds the max width, the text wraps to the next line.
ToolTipDuration Indicates the duration of the ToolTip (in sec) when the mouse hovers over a control.
UseFading Specifies the fading effect for the SuperToolTip. The options are System and Blend.
RightToLeft When set to true, displays the tooltip in RightToLeft fashion. Default value is false.
ShowToolTip Gets or sets the value indicating whether to show or hide the SuperToolTip.
this.superToolTip1.InitialDelay = 750;
this.superToolTip1.MaxWidth = 500;
this.superToolTip1.ToolTipDuration = 3;
this.superToolTip1.UseFading = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip.FadingType.System;
this.superToolTip1.RightToLeft = RightToLeft.Yes;
this.treeViewAdv1.ShowToolTip = true;
Me.superToolTip1.InitialDelay = 750
Me.superToolTip1.MaxWidth = 500
Me.superToolTip1.ToolTipDuration = 3
Me.superToolTip1.UseFading = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip.FadingType.System
Me.superToolTip1.RightToLeft = RightToLeft.Yes
Me.superToolTip1.ShowToolTip = True

Balloon style appearance in SuperToolTip

Style property is added to set Balloon style for SuperTooltip. SuperToolTipStyle enumeration contains Balloon and Normal value.

Set Style property to Balloon to change the SuperToolTip appearance as balloon.

Balloon style appearance in SuperToolTip

The following code illustrates how to set SuperToolTipStyle.

this.superToolTip1.Style = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip.SuperToolTipStyle.Balloon;
Me.superToolTip1.Style = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.SuperToolTip.SuperToolTipStyle.Balloon

ToolTip items customization

This section discusses the customization properties for the ToolTipItems.


All these properties are applicable to all the three ToolTipItems.

Image settings

Property Description
Image Sets the image to be shown on the Tooltip.
ImageAlign Indicates the alignment of the image.
ImageScalingSize Sets the size of the image.
ImageTransparentColor Sets the transparent color for the image.

Images can be associated with the header, body and footer of the super tooltip using this property.

toolTipInfo1.Footer.Image = ((System.Drawing.Image)(resources.GetObject("resource.Image")));
toolTipInfo1.Footer.ImageAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter;
toolTipInfo1.Footer.ImageScalingSize = new System.Drawing.Size(16, 16);
toolTipInfo1.Footer.Image = DirectCast((resources.GetObject("resource.Image")), System.Drawing.Image) 
toolTipInfo1.Footer.ImageAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter 
toolTipInfo1.Footer.ImageScalingSize = New System.Drawing.Size(16, 16)

Settings Images for SuperToolTip

Foreground settings

Property Description
Font Sets the FontStyle for the item's text.
ForeColor Sets the ForeColor for the item's text.
toolTipInfo1.Header.Font = new System.Drawing.Font("Microsoft Sans Serif", 8.25F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold);
toolTipInfo1.Header.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black;
toolTipInfo1.Header.Font = New System.Drawing.Font("Microsoft Sans Serif", 8.25F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold) 
toolTipInfo1.Header.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Black

Appearance and text settings

Property Description
Hidden Shows or hides a tooltip item. Default is false.
Text Sets the text to be displayed in the ToolTip Item. Its supports multiline text also.
TextAlign Indicates the alignment of the tooltip text.
TextImageRelation Sets the location of the text in relation to the image. The options are,ImageBeforeText and TextBeforeImage.
TextMargin Sets the text margin for the Tooltip item.
toolTipInfo1.Header.Hidden = true;
toolTipInfo1.Header.Text = "Cut";
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleLeft;
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextImageRelation = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipTextImageRelation.ImageBeforeText;
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextMargin = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(1, 1, 1, 1);
toolTipInfo1.Header.Hidden = True
toolTipInfo1.Header.Text = "Cut" 
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleLeft 
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextImageRelation = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipTextImageRelation.ImageBeforeText 
toolTipInfo1.Header.TextMargin = New System.Windows.Forms.Padding(1, 1, 1, 1)

Appearance and text settings of SuperToolTip


A SuperToolTip (Body, Header and Footer) can be hidden by calling the SuperToolTip.Hide() method.

Adding RenderHtml and Size property to the SuperToolTip.

Text given in the Text property will be considered as HTML strings and displayed as HTML, when the RenderHtml property is set to true.

Size property sets the size of header, body and footer Item. Size property will be enabled when the RenderHtml is set to true.

CSS properties and all the text formatting HTML tags are supported.

Render Html tags to SuperToolTip

The following code illustrates setting RenderHtml, Text, Size properties.

toolTipInfo2.Footer.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 50);
toolTipInfo2.Footer.RenderHtml = true;
toolTipInfo2.Footer.Text = "<ul><li>List Item</li></ul>";
Me. toolTipInfo2.Footer.Size= New System.Drawing.Size(200,50)
Me.toolTipInfo2.Footer.RenderHtml = true
Me.toolTipInfo2.Footer.Text = "<ul><li>List Item</li></ul>"

SuperToolTip in Windows Forms SuperToolTip(Classic) events

Below are the events for the SuperToolTip control.

PopupToolTip event of the SuperToolTip control can be handled to set the tooltip at any desired position.

Here, the parameter “rectangle” will pass the (x, y) coordinates for each single object that has been specified through the parameter “component”.

Member Description
Rectangle Stores a set of four integers that represents the location and size of a rectangle.
private void superToolTip1_PopupToolTip(Component component, ref Rectangle rc) 
    if (component == this.buttonAdv1 ) 
       rc.X = 10; 
       rc.Y = 20; 
   if (component == this.gradientLabel1) 
       rc.X = 100; 
       rc.Y = 200; 
Private Sub superToolTip1_PopupToolTip(ByVal component As Component, ByRef rc As Rectangle)  
If component = Me.buttonAdv1 Then  
rc.X = 10  
rc.Y = 20  
End If  
If component = Me.gradientLabel1 Then  
rc.X = 100  
rc.Y = 200  
End If  
End Sub


You can also use show method to display a SuperToolTip at a specified location.


UpdateToolTip event of the SuperToolTip control can be handled, to update the tooltip text.

private void superToolTip1_UpdateToolTip(Component component, ref ToolTipInfo info)
    if (component == this.boldToolStripBtn)
    info.Body.Text = "This is a updated Super ToolTip";
Private Sub superToolTip1_UpdateToolTip(ByVal component As Component, ByRef info As ToolTipInfo)
If component = Me.boldToolStripBtn Then
info.Body.Text = "This is a updated Super ToolTip"
End If
End Sub


You also set tooltip using SetToolTip Method.

Supporting SuperTooltip for .NET controls embedded in MFC containers

SupperTooltip can be displayed in the User Control embedded in the MFC Dialog.


Support has been given in source level.

Supporting SuperTooltip for MFC containers

Choose between different tooltip controls

You can refer to the different tooltip controls here.