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Bitmap ToolBar

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This is my attempt to create a simple toolbar class that allows to set a bitmap in the background of a toolbar.

Sample Image - screen.jpg


This is my attempt to create a simple toolbar class that allows to set a bitmap in the background of a toolbar. It is not as successful as the BCGControl lib but that's a beginning...

Some improvements could be made; for example, a hot image is not used. The process also flickers a little when clicking a button. The class should also be modified to Load the background only once to update only the buttons rect.

To Use

  • Create the toolbar as usual:
    if (!myToolBar.CreateEx(this, TBSTYLE_FLAT, WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | CBRS_TOP
    	TRACE0("Failed to create toolbar\n");
    	return -1;      // fail to create

    DB_BITMAP_TAHITI = id of the background bitmap
    IDB_BITMAP_TOOLBAR = id of the toolbar bitmap
    9 is the number of buttons of the bitmap
    false is a boolean that defines if the background bitmap must be stretched if its size is different from the toolbar.

    Note that TBSTYLE_FLAT will create flat format buttons... else, standard 3D buttons will be added.

  • Set the style of the process, IM_STRECH or IM_TRANSPARENT. IM_TRANSPARENT will take the toolbar image as it is and remove the background color. IM_STRECH stretches the bitmap to the size of the button.
    m_wndToolBar.ImageStyle = IM_TRANSPARENT;
    m_wndToolBar.MaskColor = RGB(198, 195, 198);
  • Define if the bitmap must be applied on the complete control frame or only on the toolbar. m_wndToolBar.all_frame = true;
  • You can modify the type of button with the DrawEdge function's options.


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Nicolas Gazelle
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionProblem with docking at CBRS_LEFT or CBRS_RIGHT. Pin
hunzaixa16-Apr-08 23:10
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QuestionCan anyone explain me a bit about the source code? Pin
Bomberofdoom4-May-07 6:29
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GeneralProblem with Docking Pin
dnataraja28-Mar-06 1:54
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Generalthank you Nicolas Pin
quike604128-Dec-05 11:45
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GeneralToolbar with gif Pin
quike60412-Oct-05 5:06
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QuestionHow to display .gif file on the toolbar and react to user click Pin
quike604130-Aug-05 13:11
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AnswerRe: How to display .gif file on the toolbar and react to user click Pin
Nicolas Gazelle30-Aug-05 21:53
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GeneralIs it possible on C# Pin
Inquire2you3-Sep-04 14:11
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GeneralRe: Is it possible on C# Pin
chengser14-Aug-05 19:16
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AnswerRe: Is it possible on C# Pin
The Cake of Deceit9-Jul-08 6:30
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Questiondont work well why?? Pin
jason_pei23-Jun-04 16:01
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QuestionHow to display .gif file on the toolbar and react to user click Pin
guoalan3-May-04 8:50
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GeneralNot so Bad Pin
confuzed119-Nov-02 7:15
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GeneralToobarControls Pin
Anthony Winters30-Oct-02 9:28
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GeneralRe: ToobarControls Pin
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GeneralRe: ToobarControls Pin
Sir.Costy5-Dec-06 22:30
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GeneralBitmap Toolbar Pin
Premdutt15-Aug-02 20:29
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