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You put a lot of time and work into your application! Isn't it just as important that the interface look good as well? The default settings for a button in NeoBook is really not that appealing. And, since there is not an option for Windows style buttons we need to make our own. Well, close anyway...  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Use this step-by-step pictorial to Build a Better Button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

First, of course, use the button tool to draw out a button...


Size it down to a respectable shape...


With the button still selected choose a line color 
that exactly matches the background color...


It should now look something like this...


Now, choose a better looking Font. Arial is okay but, MS San Serif is 
more commonly used in Windows for dialog and button text and it
is also one of the default Fonts installed with Windows. You won't
need to compile it into your program...


Starting to look like a real button!
We could stop here but, there are
a couple more trix to make the button
even more pleasing to the eye...


Use the line tool to draw small lines for each
side of the button. Scoot the line using the arrow
keys until the line covers up the outermost edge
of the button. This will make the edges of the button
only one pixel wide so your button won't 
look so thick and gawdy...


Now, that's a button!
You might think that you need to do this
for each and every button you make but,
you don't. Just Copy & Paste this button
to the side of your page so that you can
Copy & Paste it back into your project
wherever needed.

Now, a better looking Disabled button...


Use the TitleText tool with the Font 
color set to a dark gray. 


Type in the same text as is on the button...


Make it slightly larger than the button 
and position it over the button so the 
the text matches the button text...


And there you have your Disabled button...