Startup dialog box

using vc++ 4.0 std ed.
I am new to vc -- so please be clear and detailed
Below is a description of how I want my app to start..

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1. User starts program..
        Modeless dialog box appears without menu or tool bars, etc....just a framed colored box, ...... top part contains a bitmap (.bmp) to display                                       company name (or something). The lower 3/4 of the box contain nice big 3-D push buttons. Each button is a choice, such as......
             
                Cash Sale       Vendors
                Products         Customers
                Reports           Inventory
                             Exit

2. User clicks on a button, 1st box disappears and another appropriate window with          appropriate std. menus appears,...he does what he needs to, closes that window, and is  then automatically returned to the startup window  with the buttons again to         choose another action or to exit.
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Questions:
How do you alter the background color of just this one box?
Can I put a .bmp in just part of this box?
Any other suggestions or comments on the above would be appreciated.
Thanks, Pete

petlinAsked:
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RONSLOWCommented:
"How do you alter the background color of just this one box?"

Which box?  The opening dialog?  I may have some code which shows how to do this which I could eMail you.  However, if you're putting a bitmap up there anyway, why bother, as the bitmap would/could/should cover the dialog anyway (see below)

"Can I put a .bmp in just part of this box?"

Very easy (assuming Windows) just put a bitmap control there (I do this for a splash screen using MFC/VC++).  However, I think it would be easier still to fill the entire dialog with a bitmap background - and make sure the bitmap background leaves a nice uncluttered space for the buttons at the bottom.

I have some C code which shows how to have a dialog with a no-standard background and have transparent buttons sitting over the top -- cool !!

"Any other suggestions or comments on the above would be appreciated."

If the first box is truly modless, there is no need for it to "disappear" - it can stay there with the other window(s) sitting on top.  In fact, each of the windows that the 1st one starts could be a separate application if you like (rather than part of one big app) and the opening dialog could simply create a process for each of the others.  Of course, that would mane the app for the opening dialog would not need to be modeless - it could just be a standard dialog app.

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petlinAuthor Commented:
Yes, send me the code you mentioned.
petlin@hypercon.com
You say the buttons would be transparent, but is there a way to set a different color for them, how?
From where and in which class would this startup box be called?
Thanks, again
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