How to: Create a Border Around a Windows Forms Control Using Padding

The following code example demonstrates how to create a border or outline around a RichTextBox control. The example sets the value of a Panel control’s Padding property to 5 and sets the Dock property of a child RichTextBox control to Fill. The BackColor of the Panel control is set to Blue, which creates a blue border around the RichTextBox control.

Example

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

namespace MarginAndPadding
{
    public class Form1 : Form
    {
        private Panel panel1;
        private RichTextBox richTextBox1;
        /// <summary>
        /// Required designer variable.
        /// </summary>
        private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components = null;

        // This code example demonstrates using the Padding property to 
        // create a border around a RichTextBox control.
        public Form1()
        {
            InitializeComponent();

            this.panel1.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Blue;
            this.panel1.Padding = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(5);
            this.panel1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill;

            this.richTextBox1.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.None;
            this.richTextBox1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill;
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Clean up any resources being used.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
        protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
        {
            if (disposing && (components != null))
            {
                components.Dispose();
            }
            base.Dispose(disposing);
        }

        #region Windows Form Designer generated code

        /// <summary>
        /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
        /// the contents of this method with the code editor.
        /// </summary>
        private void InitializeComponent()
        {
            this.panel1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Panel();
            this.richTextBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox();
            this.panel1.SuspendLayout();
            this.SuspendLayout();
            // 
            // panel1
            // 
            this.panel1.Controls.Add(this.richTextBox1);
            this.panel1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(20, 20);
            this.panel1.Name = "panel1";
            this.panel1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(491, 313);
            this.panel1.TabIndex = 0;
            // 
            // richTextBox1
            // 
            this.richTextBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(5, 5);
            this.richTextBox1.Name = "richTextBox1";
            this.richTextBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(481, 303);
            this.richTextBox1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.richTextBox1.Text = "";
            // 
            // Form1
            // 
            this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
            this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(531, 353);
            this.Controls.Add(this.panel1);
            this.Name = "Form1";
            this.Padding = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(20);
            this.Text = "Form1";
            this.panel1.ResumeLayout(false);
            this.ResumeLayout(false);

        }

        #endregion
    }

    static class Program
    {
        /// <summary>
        /// The main entry point for the application.
        /// </summary>
        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.Run(new Form1());
        }
    }


}
Imports System
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class Form1
   Inherits Form
   Private panel1 As Panel
    Private richTextBox1 As RichTextBox

   '/ <summary>
   '/ Required designer variable.
   '/ </summary>
   Private components As System.ComponentModel.IContainer = Nothing
   
   ' This code example demonstrates using the Padding property to 
   ' create a border around a RichTextBox control.
   Public Sub New()
        InitializeComponent()

        Me.panel1.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.Blue
        Me.panel1.Padding = New System.Windows.Forms.Padding(5)
        Me.panel1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill

        Me.richTextBox1.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.None
        Me.richTextBox1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill
    End Sub

   '/ <summary>
   '/ Clean up any resources being used.
   '/ </summary>
   '/ <param name="disposing">true if managed resources should be disposed; otherwise, false.</param>
   Protected Overrides Sub Dispose(disposing As Boolean)
      If disposing AndAlso (components IsNot Nothing) Then
         components.Dispose()
      End If
      MyBase.Dispose(disposing)
    End Sub
   
#Region "Windows Form Designer generated code"

    '/ <summary>
    '/ Required method for Designer support - do not modify
    '/ the contents of this method with the code editor.
    '/ </summary>
    Private Sub InitializeComponent()
        Me.panel1 = New System.Windows.Forms.Panel()
        Me.richTextBox1 = New System.Windows.Forms.RichTextBox()
        Me.panel1.SuspendLayout()
        Me.SuspendLayout()
        ' 
        ' panel1
        ' 
        Me.panel1.Controls.Add(Me.richTextBox1)
        Me.panel1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(20, 20)
        Me.panel1.Name = "panel1"
        Me.panel1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(491, 313)
        Me.panel1.TabIndex = 0
        ' 
        ' richTextBox1
        ' 
        Me.richTextBox1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(5, 5)
        Me.richTextBox1.Name = "richTextBox1"
        Me.richTextBox1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(481, 303)
        Me.richTextBox1.TabIndex = 0
        Me.richTextBox1.Text = ""
        ' 
        ' Form1
        ' 
        Me.AutoScaleDimensions = New System.Drawing.SizeF(6.0F, 13.0F)
        Me.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font
        Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(531, 353)
        Me.Controls.Add(panel1)
        Me.Name = "Form1"
        Me.Padding = New System.Windows.Forms.Padding(20)
        Me.Text = "Form1"
        Me.panel1.ResumeLayout(False)
        Me.ResumeLayout(False)
    End Sub

#End Region

End Class



Public Class Program

    '/ <summary>
    '/ The main entry point for the application.
    '/ </summary>
    <STAThread()> _
    Shared Sub Main()
        Application.EnableVisualStyles()
        Application.Run(New Form1())
    End Sub
End Class

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