How do I add a mouse over tooltip to an Image using .DrawImage()


Hey all, I am not sure if this is possible, but I am trying to dynamically add a tooltip to an image using the Graphics method - DrawImage. I dont see any properties or events for when the image is moused over or anything so I don't know where to begin. I am using WinForms (in C# - .NET 3.5). Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.


I would guess that you have some sort of UserControl and you call DrawImage() in the OnPaint method.

Given that, your tooltip will have to controlled explicitly. Basically, create a Tooltip on your Form, give that to your control via a property, show the tooltip when your control received a MouseHover event and hide the tooltip when you receive a MouseLeave event.

Something like this:

public partial class UserControl1 : UserControl { public UserControl1() { InitializeComponent(); } protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e) { base.OnPaint(e); // draw image here } public ToolTip ToolTip { get; set; } protected override void OnMouseLeave(EventArgs e) { base.OnMouseLeave(e); if (this.ToolTip != null) this.ToolTip.Hide(this); } protected override void OnMouseHover(EventArgs e) { base.OnMouseHover(e); if (this.ToolTip == null) return; Point pt = this.PointToClient(Cursor.Position); String msg = this.CalculateMsgAt(pt); if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(msg)) return; pt.Y += 20; this.ToolTip.Show(msg, this, pt); } private string CalculateMsgAt(Point pt) { // Calculate the message that should be shown // when the mouse is at thegiven point return "This is a tooltip"; } }


Remember, you have to <strong>store bounds</strong> of the Image that you are drawing and in the mouseMove event check if the location of current Mouse cursor at that region, then display ToolTip else hide it.

ToolTip t; private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { t = new ToolTip(); //tooltip to control on which you are drawing your Image } Rectangle rect; //to store the bounds of your Image private void Panel1_Paint(object sender, PaintEventArgs e) { rect =new Rectangle(50,50,200,200); // setting bounds to rect to draw image e.Graphics.DrawImage(yourImage,rect); //draw your Image } private void Panel1_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e) { if (rect.Contains(e.Location)) //checking cursor Location if inside the rect { t.SetToolTip(Panel1, "Hello");//setting tooltip to Panel1 } else { t.Hide(Panel1); //hiding tooltip if the cursor outside the rect } }


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