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Button Widgets

The simplest command widget is probably the button: click it, and something happens. Most button widgets are easy for users to understand and use. Most buttons, but not all. You have to make sure your button is recognizable as a button, and that its label (whether text or an image) clearly identifies what function the button performs. A distressing number of applications contain button widgets that fail one or both of these tests.

The easiest way to make a button widget recognizable as a button is to make it look like it can be “pressed”; in other words, you must make your button widget look as though it is raised above the surface of the form. If you use the .NET Framework Button control, this is pretty much a given, but as you can see from Figure 16-1, the Button control exposes a FlatStyle property that controls the appearance of the widget, and not all of the options appear raised.


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