c# panel gradient mode

Hi ,

I have a panel whose background color can be gradient color eg. blue.
How can I do it?

Thanks,
JT
jtran007Asked:
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dericstoneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Do you really want a TextBox control with a gradient background? Because that would make it difficult for users to understand that there is a field to be changed. If you mean to have a Label control with text in it, you can set the background to gradient as follows.
public Form1()
    {
      InitializeComponent();

      this.SetStyle(ControlStyles.SupportsTransparentBackColor, true);
      this.BackColor = Color.Transparent;
    }

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WebmonkeyCommented:
Well, a [typical] gradient is a fade from one color to another.  Assuming that this is what you were looking for, you would need to look for a property where you can assign the secondary color (the color at the end of the gradient.  Although, I don't remember seeing that as an option for a Panel.  I've only seen this as part of the Chart controls.
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jtran007Author Commented:
Hi,

I use one of the sample code from this website:
      private void panel1_Paint(object sender, PaintEventArgs e)
        {
            Control control = (Control)sender;
            Graphics g = e.Graphics;
            g.Clear(Color.White);
            Color startColor = Color.FromArgb(106, 127, 156);
            Color endColor = Color.FromArgb(177, 197, 218);
            using (LinearGradientBrush darkBrush = new LinearGradientBrush(control.ClientRectangle, startColor, endColor, LinearGradientMode.Vertical))
            {
                g.FillRectangle(darkBrush, control.ClientRectangle);
            }
        }
 

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However I don't see my panel changing color in gradient mode. Could you explain why?

Thanks,
JT
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
Did you wire up the Paint() event to your handler?
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WebmonkeyCommented:
This is just the definition of a method.  In order for your page to use this method, you'll need to tell the appropriate event handler to call this method.

If you are using Visual Studio, open the page's design view.  Once there select the panel itself, then open the properties tab (normally a "pullout" menu on the right).  From there locate the icon at the top of the properties panel that has a lightening bolt on it - click it.  This will allow you to see the events exposed by this object, as well as any events that have been "wired up" to a specific method.  Locate the "paint" event, and add "panel1_Paint" as it's value.
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jtran007Author Commented:
Hi,

You are right. It is working ; but in the panel I have a text box whose background color is
shown in solid color. How can I make this text box color gradient too: same as the panel?

Thanks,
JT
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WebmonkeyCommented:
but in the panel I have a text box whose background color is shown in solid color. How can I make this text box color gradient too

In all fairness, that should be posted as a separate question.
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jtran007Author Commented:
Thanks,
JT
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