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  • Question

  • The Tool Tip available to use with menu items in Visual Basic 2010  does not have the capability of Baloon shape or any formatting of the text. If I drag a Tool Tip control to the form, menu items don't recognize it and provide noability to improve the appearance.

    Is there any way to fix this, or am I doing somethingwrong.

    Milt


    sirmilt

    Monday, October 21, 2013 5:34 PM

Answers

  • Perhaps this will help you although using the balloon tip doesn't point in the right direction unless you put the balloon on top.

    Option Strict On
    
    Public Class Form1
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            Me.CenterToScreen()
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub HelloToolStripMenuItem_MouseHover(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles HelloToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            Dim tooltip1 As New ToolTip
            tooltip1.IsBalloon = False
            tooltip1.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip1.ToolTipTitle = "Hellos ToolTip"
            tooltip1.Show("Hellos tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(HelloToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20), +30), 5000)
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            Dim tooltip1 As New ToolTip
            tooltip1.IsBalloon = False
            tooltip1.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip1.ToolTipTitle = "Goodbyes ToolTip"
            tooltip1.Show("GoodByes tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20), +50), 5000)
        End Sub
    
    End Class
    



    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.


    Monday, October 21, 2013 6:57 PM
  • This will make the tooltip on the first item disappear when you move the mouse to the second item (from hello to goodbye) and vice versa.

    Option Strict On
    
    Public Class Form1
    
        Dim tooltip1 As ToolTip
        Dim tooltip2 As ToolTip
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            Me.CenterToScreen()
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub HelloToolStripMenuItem_MouseHover(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles HelloToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            tooltip1 = New ToolTip
            tooltip1.IsBalloon = True
            tooltip1.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip1.ToolTipTitle = "Hellos ToolTip"
            tooltip1.Show("Hellos tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(HelloToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -73), 5000)
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub HelloToolStripMenuItem_LostFocus(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles HelloToolStripMenuItem.MouseLeave
            tooltip1.Active = False
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            tooltip2 = New ToolTip
            tooltip2.IsBalloon = True
            tooltip2.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip2.ToolTipTitle = "Goodbyes ToolTip"
            tooltip2.Show("GoodByes tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -53), 5000)
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem_LostFocus(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.MouseLeave
            tooltip2.Active = False
        End Sub
    
    End Class


    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.



    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:34 AM
  • Thank you both for the help.   Following your suggestions, the ToolTip worked fine. The only issue I have is the position of the resulting ToolTip from the line of code:

     MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -53), 

    Other than the width, I am not sure what the other numbers represent.

    Milt


    sirmilt

    The other number represents how far up or down from the MenuStrip the tool tip appears. So if you have numerous menu items you will have to move the tooltip for that menu item down to hover over the one that the mouse is over. The greater the second number increases the lower the ToolTip will go. It's originally at -73 to place the balloon tip of the tool tip over the first menu item. So thats -73 pixels,  or points Y I suppose, for the top of the ToolStrip item to be above the MenuStrip I think and it's 73 pixels high including the balloon tip I guess so its balloon tip is right over the first menu item, -53 for the second menu item and so on.

    See my second post to use a good version of what my first post contained as the second post shows the balloon version and instantiates multiple ToolTips so you can activate or deactive a non in use tool strip when the mouse leaves that menu item and hovers over a different menu item.


    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.


    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:54 PM

All replies

  • Perhaps this will help you although using the balloon tip doesn't point in the right direction unless you put the balloon on top.

    Option Strict On
    
    Public Class Form1
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            Me.CenterToScreen()
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub HelloToolStripMenuItem_MouseHover(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles HelloToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            Dim tooltip1 As New ToolTip
            tooltip1.IsBalloon = False
            tooltip1.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip1.ToolTipTitle = "Hellos ToolTip"
            tooltip1.Show("Hellos tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(HelloToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20), +30), 5000)
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            Dim tooltip1 As New ToolTip
            tooltip1.IsBalloon = False
            tooltip1.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip1.ToolTipTitle = "Goodbyes ToolTip"
            tooltip1.Show("GoodByes tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20), +50), 5000)
        End Sub
    
    End Class
    



    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.


    Monday, October 21, 2013 6:57 PM
  • For a ToolstripMenuItem, there is the .ToolTipText property, but it only draws an ordinary rectangular tooltip. It isn't the same as a ToolTip control. For anything else, I think you will have to devise your own solution. You might be able to get some useful bits of code from A ToolTip with Title, Multiline Contents, and Image.

    --
    Andrew

    Monday, October 21, 2013 7:03 PM
  • This will make the tooltip on the first item disappear when you move the mouse to the second item (from hello to goodbye) and vice versa.

    Option Strict On
    
    Public Class Form1
    
        Dim tooltip1 As ToolTip
        Dim tooltip2 As ToolTip
    
        Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            Me.CenterToScreen()
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub HelloToolStripMenuItem_MouseHover(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles HelloToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            tooltip1 = New ToolTip
            tooltip1.IsBalloon = True
            tooltip1.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip1.ToolTipTitle = "Hellos ToolTip"
            tooltip1.Show("Hellos tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(HelloToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -73), 5000)
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub HelloToolStripMenuItem_LostFocus(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles HelloToolStripMenuItem.MouseLeave
            tooltip1.Active = False
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.MouseHover
            tooltip2 = New ToolTip
            tooltip2.IsBalloon = True
            tooltip2.ToolTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Warning
            tooltip2.ToolTipTitle = "Goodbyes ToolTip"
            tooltip2.Show("GoodByes tool tip information", _
                         MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -53), 5000)
        End Sub
    
        Private Sub GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem_LostFocus(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.MouseLeave
            tooltip2.Active = False
        End Sub
    
    End Class


    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.



    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:34 AM
  • Thank you both for the help.   Following your suggestions, the ToolTip worked fine. The only issue I have is the position of the resulting ToolTip from the line of code:

     MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -53), 

    Other than the width, I am not sure what the other numbers represent.

    Milt


    sirmilt

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:46 PM
  • Thank you both for the help.   Following your suggestions, the ToolTip worked fine. The only issue I have is the position of the resulting ToolTip from the line of code:

     MenuStrip1, New Point(CInt(GoodbyeToolStripMenuItem.Width / 2 - 20 + 10), -53), 

    Other than the width, I am not sure what the other numbers represent.

    Milt


    sirmilt

    The other number represents how far up or down from the MenuStrip the tool tip appears. So if you have numerous menu items you will have to move the tooltip for that menu item down to hover over the one that the mouse is over. The greater the second number increases the lower the ToolTip will go. It's originally at -73 to place the balloon tip of the tool tip over the first menu item. So thats -73 pixels,  or points Y I suppose, for the top of the ToolStrip item to be above the MenuStrip I think and it's 73 pixels high including the balloon tip I guess so its balloon tip is right over the first menu item, -53 for the second menu item and so on.

    See my second post to use a good version of what my first post contained as the second post shows the balloon version and instantiates multiple ToolTips so you can activate or deactive a non in use tool strip when the mouse leaves that menu item and hovers over a different menu item.


    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.


    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:54 PM