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How To Create Rounded Edge Button (or rounded corner button) in Winforms

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8 Apr 2015CPOL2 min read
How to create rounded edge button (rounded corner button) in Winforms


This tip gives an overview to modify existing button control in Winforms to achieve rounded edge Button Control (or rounded corner button control).


Recently, I came across a requirement which asked for rounded edge button (or rounded corner button). I know WinForms is almost outdated and this feature can be achieved very easily in WPF. This tip is written for any programmer who is struggling to get this requirement done.

Image 1

Final Output

Using the Code

The basic idea of getting this done is to inherit button control to a class ButtonModified and override OnPaint to obtain our requirement.

The first thing is to set the button's FlatStyle as "Flat" from constructor. We can also set the common properties which we use throughout our project like Font, BorderSize, etc. This can also be modified individually from the forms which we refer this.

//the modified button class looks like this

 class ButtonModified : System.Windows.Forms.Button
        //we can use this to modify the color of the border 
        public Color BorderColor = Color.LightGray;
        //we can use this to modify the border size
        public int BorderSize = 5;
        public ButtonModified()
            FlatStyle = FlatStyle.Flat;
            BackColor = Color.White;
            FlatAppearance.BorderColor = BorderColor;
            FlatAppearance.BorderSize = BorderSize;
            Font = new System.Drawing.Font("VAGRounded-Light", 
            30F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Pixel, ((byte)(0)));
            ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(84)))), 
            		((int)(((byte)(33)))), ((int)(((byte)(107)))));
            this.MouseDown += new MouseEventHandler(ButtonLastest_MouseDown);
            this.MouseUp += new MouseEventHandler(ButtonLastest_MouseUp);     

        void ButtonLastest_MouseUp(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(84)))), 
            			((int)(((byte)(33)))), ((int)(((byte)(107)))));
            BackColor = Color.White;

        void ButtonLastest_MouseDown(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
            BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(84)))), 
            			((int)(((byte)(33)))), ((int)(((byte)(107)))));
            ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.White;
         int top ; 
         int left;
         int right ;
         int bottom;        

        protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs pevent)
            // to draw the control using base OnPaint
            //to modify the corner radius
            int CornerRadius = 18;
            Pen DrawPen = new Pen(BorderColor);
            GraphicsPath gfxPath_mod = new GraphicsPath();

            top = 0;
            left = 0;
            right = Width;
            bottom = Height;
            gfxPath_mod.AddArc(left, top, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 180, 90);
            gfxPath_mod.AddArc(right - CornerRadius, top, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 270, 90);
            gfxPath_mod.AddArc(right - CornerRadius, bottom - CornerRadius, 
				CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 0, 90);
            gfxPath_mod.AddArc(left, bottom - CornerRadius, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 90, 90);


            pevent.Graphics.DrawPath(DrawPen, gfxPath_mod);           

            int inside = 1;

            Pen newPen = new Pen(BorderColor, BorderSize);
            GraphicsPath gfxPath = new GraphicsPath();
            gfxPath.AddArc(left + inside + 1, top + inside, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 180, 100);

            gfxPath.AddArc(right - CornerRadius - inside - 2, 
            	top + inside, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 270, 90);
            gfxPath.AddArc(right - CornerRadius - inside - 2, 
            	bottom - CornerRadius - inside - 1, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 0, 90);

            gfxPath.AddArc(left + inside + 1, 
            bottom - CornerRadius - inside, CornerRadius, CornerRadius, 95, 95);
            pevent.Graphics.DrawPath(newPen, gfxPath);

            this.Region = new System.Drawing.Region(gfxPath_mod);

Now we have two approaches.

Easier Approach

The easier way is to first build your solution and the button will be available in your toolbar which you can use like normal button control.

Image 2

Approach Two to Modify Existing Buttons Already Aligned and Placed In Project

We all know that normal buttons when placed in winform by dragging and dropping will generate a designer class. We can easily modify our designer class as explained below. To modify the existing buttons in our project:

 //Auto Generated Designer When We Drag and Drop Button 
  Partial Class Buttontype
        Private System.ComponentModel.IContainer Components = Null;
        Protected Override Void Dispose(bool Disposing)
            if (Disposing && (Components != null))

        #Region Windows Form Designer Generated Code

        Private Void Initializecomponent()
            this.btn_Next = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();

            // Btn_next
            this.btn_Next.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.White;
            this.btn_Next.BackgroundImageLayout = System.Windows.Forms.ImageLayout.Stretch;
            this.btn_Next.FlatStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FlatStyle.Flat;
            this.btn_Next.Font = New System.Drawing.Font("Verdana", 20.25F, 
            System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((Byte)(0)));
            this.btn_Next.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(84)))), 
            		((Int)(((byte)(33)))), ((Int)(((byte)(107)))));
            this.btn_Next.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(244, 204);
            this.btn_Next.Name = "Btn_next";
            this.btn_Next.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(234, 94);
            this.btn_Next.TabIndex = 63;
            this.btn_Next.Text = "Next";
            this.btn_Next.UseCompatibleTextRendering = True;
            this.btn_Next.UseVisualStyleBackColor = False;
            // Buttontype
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = New System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(778, 374);

            this.Name = "Buttontype";
            this.Text = "Aint";


        Public System.Windows.Forms.Button Btn_next;

See the bolded portion of the code:

this.btn_Next = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();

This needs to be replaced as:

this.btn_Next = new ButtonDemo.ButtonModified();

This will update your designer once you rebuild the solution.

The method is depicted here so as to modify any existing project easily without any hassles, i.e., you wouldn't need to align your existing button or modify the font, etc. Use this only if your requirement is just to round off your existing Buttons which were previously aligned and set.

Points of Interest

This is just a method which I came up with. If someone comes up with a better solution, it can be posted here so that it can be a reference to anyone who needs this in the future.


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

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionMessy and not perfect corners.... Pin
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GeneralOkay article, needs more code Pin
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AnswerRe: Okay article, needs more code Pin
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Great thank you

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