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Simple Animation for your Windows Forms or Controls using C#.NET

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11 Nov 2014CPOL
Simple Animation with Timer control in C#.NET (Sliding and Scrolling Effects)


There are a lot of techniques for bringing animation in your Windows application - simple and complex techniques. Here, I can explain a simple technique for giving animation or moving effects for your Windows Forms or any other controls.

Using the Code

Follow these steps:

  1. Create a solution (e.g.: SimpleAnimation)
  2. Place your controls on it:
    • Split Container - scnrMain
    • Buttons - btnAnimation1, btnAnimation2, btnReset, btnQuit
    • Panel - pnlMain
  3. Add a timer control (e.g.: tmrMain)
  4. Write your code as follows:
    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.ComponentModel;
    using System.Data;
    using System.Drawing;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Text;
    using System.Windows.Forms;
    namespace SimpleAnimation
        public partial class frmMain : Form
    //declares variables used in this class
            int scnrWidth;
            int scnrHeight;
            int pnlWidth;
            int pnlHeight;
            public frmMain()
    //allocate values to variables on Load event
            public void frmMain_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
                pnlMain.Width = 0;
                pnlMain.Height = 0;
                scnrWidth = scnrMain.Panel2.Width;
                scnrHeight = scnrMain.Panel2.Height;
                pnlWidth = pnlMain.Width;
                pnlHeight = pnlMain.Height;
    //timer control activated on click event of button Animation 1 - first option
            private void btnAnimation1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                tmrMain.Enabled = true;
                btnAnimation1.Enabled = false;
                btnAnimation2.Enabled = false;
    //when timer activated, the width and height of panel increased using a while loop
            private void tmrMain_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)
                while(pnlWidth < scnrWidth || pnlHeight < scnrHeight)
                    if (pnlMain.Width < scnrWidth)
                        pnlMain.Width = pnlWidth + 1;
                    if (pnlMain.Height < scnrHeight)
                        pnlMain.Height = pnlHeight + 1;
    //this is another way to increase panel width and height using while loop - second option
            private void btnAnimation2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                pnlMain.Height = scnrHeight;
                while (pnlMain.Width < scnrWidth)
                btnAnimation2.Enabled = false;
                btnAnimation2.Enabled = false;
    //re-allocate values to variables and properties of controls
            private void btnReset_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                pnlMain.Width = 0;
                pnlMain.Height = 0;
                scnrWidth = scnrMain.Panel2.Width;
                scnrHeight = scnrMain.Panel2.Height;
                pnlWidth = pnlMain.Width;
                pnlHeight = pnlMain.Height;
                btnAnimation1.Enabled = true;
                btnAnimation2.Enabled = true;
                tmrMain.Enabled = false;
    //following lines of code will give your form a 
    //upward scrolling effect - by decreasing height of form
            private void btnQuitApp_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                while (this.Height>60)
    //End of code. 

The sample project will be as shown in Figure 1:


Figure 1

Thank you for using my tip.

Enjoy programming...


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Noble KC
Software Developer Freelance
India India
He is a Commerce Graduate and working as an Accountant. He learned Programming because of his passion and craze. He is a beginner in .NET. His favourite language is C# and favourite database is MySQL.
He loves playing guitar and listening to music.

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