ToolStrip control extended


Today one of my clients asked me to show a button in ToolStrip control. He provided that this button should look like a regular button. The one which we use on WinForms. The default button available in ToolStrip control provided limited set of properties than the regular button control. It does not support border, flaststyle etc. properties.

Then from MSDN I found out the ToolStripControlHost class which allows developer to extend any standard .net control and add it to the ToolStrip.
You have to just extend this class so as to add any control. Here is a sample code,
I have used 2 controls A Button and A LinkLabel.
    public class ToolStripControlButton : ToolStripControlHost
    {
        public ToolStripControlButton()
            : base(new Button())
        {
        }

        public Button ButtonControl
        {
            get
            {
                return Control as Button;
            }
        }
    }


    public class ToolStripControlLinkLabel : ToolStripControlHost
    {
        public ToolStripControlLinkLabel()
            : base(new LinkLabel())
        {
        }

        public LinkLabel LinkLabelControl
        {
            get
            {
                return Control as LinkLabel;
            }
        }
    }
Then in the loading event of a form you can add these controls to the ToolStrip as,

ToolStripControlButton tsBtn = new ToolStripControlButton();
tsBtn.Text = "test";

ToolStripControlLinkLabel tsCal = new ToolStripControlLinkLabel();
tsCal.Text = "Visit us";
tsCal.Alignment = ToolStripItemAlignment.Left;
            
toolStrip1.Items.Add(tsCal);
toolStrip1.Items.Add(tsBtn);

When you run your program and when form is loaded it will show you these statndard controls as a part of ToolStrip.

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