NotifyIcon Class
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NotifyIcon Class


Specifies a component that creates an icon in the notification area. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:   System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public sealed class NotifyIcon : Component


Initializes a new instance of the NotifyIcon class.


Initializes a new instance of the NotifyIcon class with the specified container.


Gets or sets the icon to display on the balloon tip associated with the NotifyIcon.


Gets or sets the text to display on the balloon tip associated with the NotifyIcon.


Gets or sets the title of the balloon tip displayed on the NotifyIcon.


Gets the IContainer that contains the Component.(Inherited from Component.)


Gets or sets the shortcut menu for the icon.


Gets or sets the shortcut menu associated with the NotifyIcon.


Gets or sets the current icon.


Gets or sets the ISite of the Component.(Inherited from Component.)


Gets or sets an object that contains data about the NotifyIcon.


Gets or sets the ToolTip text displayed when the mouse pointer rests on a notification area icon.


Gets or sets a value indicating whether the icon is visible in the notification area of the taskbar.


Creates an object that contains all the relevant information required to generate a proxy used to communicate with a remote object.(Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)


Releases all resources used by the Component.(Inherited from Component.)


Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)


Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)


Retrieves the current lifetime service object that controls the lifetime policy for this instance.(Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


Obtains a lifetime service object to control the lifetime policy for this instance.(Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)


Displays a balloon tip in the taskbar for the specified time period.

System_CAPS_pubmethodShowBalloonTip(Int32, String, String, ToolTipIcon)

Displays a balloon tip with the specified title, text, and icon in the taskbar for the specified time period.


Returns a String containing the name of the Component, if any. This method should not be overridden.(Inherited from Component.)


Occurs when the balloon tip is clicked.


Occurs when the balloon tip is closed by the user.


Occurs when the balloon tip is displayed on the screen.


Occurs when the user clicks the icon in the notification area.


Occurs when the component is disposed by a call to the Dispose method. (Inherited from Component.)


Occurs when the user double-clicks the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.


Occurs when the user clicks a NotifyIcon with the mouse.


Occurs when the user double-clicks the NotifyIcon with the mouse.


Occurs when the user presses the mouse button while the pointer is over the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.


Occurs when the user moves the mouse while the pointer is over the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.


Occurs when the user releases the mouse button while the pointer is over the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

Icons in the notification area are shortcuts to processes that are running in the background of a computer, such as a virus protection program or a volume control. These processes do not come with their own user interfaces. The NotifyIcon class provides a way to program in this functionality. The Icon property defines the icon that appears in the notification area. Pop-up menus for an icon are addressed with the ContextMenu property. The Text property assigns ToolTip text. In order for the icon to show up in the notification area, the Visible property must be set to true.

Legacy Code Example

The following code example demonstrates using the NotifyIcon class to display an icon for an application in the notification area. The example demonstrates setting the Icon, ContextMenu, Text, and Visible properties and handling the DoubleClick event. A ContextMenu with an Exit item on it is assigned to the NotifyIcon.ContextMenu property, which allows the user to close the application. When the DoubleClick event occurs, the application form is activated by calling the Form.Activate method.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
    private System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon notifyIcon1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu contextMenu1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.MenuItem menuItem1;
    private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components;

    static void Main() 
        Application.Run(new Form1());

    public Form1()
        this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
        this.contextMenu1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ContextMenu();
        this.menuItem1 = new System.Windows.Forms.MenuItem();

        // Initialize contextMenu1
                    new System.Windows.Forms.MenuItem[] {this.menuItem1});

        // Initialize menuItem1
        this.menuItem1.Index = 0;
        this.menuItem1.Text = "E&xit";
        this.menuItem1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.menuItem1_Click);

        // Set up how the form should be displayed.
        this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 266);
        this.Text = "Notify Icon Example";

        // Create the NotifyIcon.
        this.notifyIcon1 = new System.Windows.Forms.NotifyIcon(this.components);

        // The Icon property sets the icon that will appear
        // in the systray for this application.
        notifyIcon1.Icon = new Icon("appicon.ico");

        // The ContextMenu property sets the menu that will
        // appear when the systray icon is right clicked.
        notifyIcon1.ContextMenu = this.contextMenu1;

        // The Text property sets the text that will be displayed,
        // in a tooltip, when the mouse hovers over the systray icon.
        notifyIcon1.Text = "Form1 (NotifyIcon example)";
        notifyIcon1.Visible = true;

        // Handle the DoubleClick event to activate the form.
        notifyIcon1.DoubleClick += new System.EventHandler(this.notifyIcon1_DoubleClick);


    protected override void Dispose( bool disposing )
        // Clean up any components being used.
        if( disposing )
            if (components != null)

        base.Dispose( disposing );

    private void notifyIcon1_DoubleClick(object Sender, EventArgs e) 
        // Show the form when the user double clicks on the notify icon.

        // Set the WindowState to normal if the form is minimized.
        if (this.WindowState == FormWindowState.Minimized)
            this.WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal;

        // Activate the form.

    private void menuItem1_Click(object Sender, EventArgs e) {
        // Close the form, which closes the application.

to create the NotifyIcon component. Associated enumeration: UIPermissionWindow.AllWindows

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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