StatusStrip Class

Represents a Windows status bar control.

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

public class StatusStrip : ToolStrip
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.AutoDispatch) */ 
public class StatusStrip extends ToolStrip
public class StatusStrip extends ToolStrip
Not applicable.

StatusStrip replaces the StatusBar control. Special features of StatusStrip include a custom table layout, support for the form's sizing and moving grips, and support for the Spring property, which allows a ToolStripStatusLabel to fill available space automatically.

The following items are specifically designed to work seamlessly with both ToolStripSystemRenderer and ToolStripProfessionalRenderer in all orientations. They are available by default at design time for the StatusStrip control:

A StatusStrip control displays information about an object being viewed on a Form, the object's components, or contextual information that relates to that object's operation within your application. Typically, a StatusStrip control consists of ToolStripStatusLabel objects, each of which displays text, an icon, or both. The StatusStrip can also contain ToolStripDropDownButton, ToolStripSplitButton, and ToolStripProgressBar controls.

The default StatusStrip has no panels. To add panels to a StatusStrip, use the ToolStripItemCollection.AddRange method, or use the StatusStrip Items Collection Editor at design time to add, remove, or reorder items and modify properties. Use the StatusStrip Tasks Dialog Box at design time to run common commands.

Although StatusStrip replaces and extends the StatusBar control of previous versions, StatusBar is retained for both backward compatibility and future use if you choose.

The following code example demonstrates a StatusStrip with various common properties set.

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace WindowsApplication4
    public class Form1 : Form
        private StatusStrip statusStrip1;
        private ToolStripStatusLabel toolStripStatusLabel1;
        public Form1()
        static void Main()
            Application.Run(new Form1());

        private void InitializeComponent()
            statusStrip1 = new System.Windows.Forms.StatusStrip();
            toolStripStatusLabel1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripStatusLabel();
            // The following code example demonstrates the syntax for setting
            // various StatusStrip properties.
            statusStrip1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Top;
            statusStrip1.GripStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripGripStyle.Visible;
            statusStrip1.Items.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
            statusStrip1.LayoutStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripLayoutStyle.HorizontalStackWithOverflow;
            statusStrip1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
            statusStrip1.Name = "statusStrip1";
            statusStrip1.ShowItemToolTips = true;
            statusStrip1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 22);
            statusStrip1.SizingGrip = false;
            statusStrip1.Stretch = false;
            statusStrip1.TabIndex = 0;
            statusStrip1.Text = "statusStrip1";
            // toolStripStatusLabel1
            toolStripStatusLabel1.Name = "toolStripStatusLabel1";
            toolStripStatusLabel1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(109, 17);
            toolStripStatusLabel1.Text = "toolStripStatusLabel1";
            // Form1
            ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 273);
            Name = "Form1";



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

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0