ToolTip Support in Windows Forms Ribbon (RibbonControlAdv)

29 Apr 20214 minutes to read

ToolTip is a small popup box that appears when the user moves the pointer over an element.

Adding ToolTip for Ribbon controls

ToolTip can be added to all the ribbon controls through that control property ToolTipText, this text will appear in a popup when hovered.

Through coding

this.pasteButton.ToolTipText = "Add content on your clipboard to your document";
Me.pasteButton.ToolTipText = "Add content on your clipboard to your document"


Essential Tools has come up with a new control known as the SuperToolTip which, enables the user to give tooltip information.

  • 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 RibbonControlAdv.

SuperToolTip property window in designer

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

ToolTip Editor dialog box

Through code

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools;

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

Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo toolTipInfo1 = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo();

//Adding ToolTip to the Item
toolTipInfo1.Header.Text = "New Mail";
toolTipInfo1.Body.Text = "Create a new mail";
toolTipInfo1.Footer.Text = "Ctrl + N";

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

Dim toolTipInfo1 As Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo = New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolTipInfo()

toolTipInfo1.Header.Text = "New Mail"
toolTipInfo1.Body.Text = "Create a new mail"
toolTipInfo1.Footer.Text = "Ctrl + N"

Me.superToolTip1.SetToolTip(Me.newMailButton, toolTipInfo1)

SuperToolTip in Ribbon

Appearance settings

The appearance of the Super ToolTip can be customized using the below properties. These 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.
toolTipInfo1.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.MenuHighlight;
toolTipInfo1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.CadetBlue;
toolTipInfo1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.ControlText;
toolTipInfo1.Separator = true;
toolTipInfo1.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.MenuHighlight
toolTipInfo1.BorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.CadetBlue
toolTipInfo1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.ControlText
toolTipInfo1.Separator = True


The visibility of the SuperToolTip can be changed by setting ShowToolTip. Default value is True.

Property Description
ShowToolTip Gets or sets the value indicating whether to show or hide the SuperToolTip.

The following code example illustrates how to set ShowToolTip for the SuperToolTip.

this.superToolTip1.ShowToolTip = true;
Me.superToolTip1.ShowToolTip = true

Visual style

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

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