Creating Own MessageBox Control

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To create our own MessageBox control simply follow the guide below…

  1. Open up your instance of Visual Studio (VS 2008/2010/2012/2015/2017)
  2. Go to the toolbar at the top and click File -> New Project –> Windows Forms Application –> Give the project a name and then click ok.
  3. Once loaded, drag and drop a button control from the Toolbox (found on the left) onto the form (as shown below).
  4. Double click the button and the Integrated Development Environment will automatically generate the click event handler for you.
  5. Edit the code for the form so that it looks like the following (You can right-click the form and click Edit Code):
    namespace MsgBoxExample {
        public partial class MsgBoxExampleForm : Form {
            //Constructor, called when the class is initialised.
            public MsgBoxExampleForm() {
            //Called whenever the button is clicked.
            private void btnShowMessageBox_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {
               CustomMsgBox.Show($"I'm a {nameof(CustomMsgBox)}!", "MSG", "OK");
  6. Solution Explorer -> Right Click on your project –> Add –> Windows Form and set the name as “CustomMsgBox.cs”
  7. Drag in a button & label control from the Toolbox to the form (It’ll look something like the form below after doing it):
  8. Now write out the code below into the newly created form:
    private DialogResult result = DialogResult.No;
    public static DialogResult Show(string text, string caption, string btnOkText) {
        var msgBox = new CustomMsgBox();
        msgBox.lblText.Text = text; //The text for the label...
        msgBox.Text = caption; //Title of form
        msgBox.btnOk.Text = btnOkText; //Text on the button
        //This method is blocking, and will only return once the user
        //clicks ok or closes the form.
        return result;
    private void btnOk_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {
        result = DialogResult.Yes;
  9. Now run the program by just pressing F5 Key. Congratulations, you’ve made a reusable control.

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