custom main frame

Posted on 1997-06-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
** VC++ 4.0 std. ed.   with Win95
**My experience: new to C++ and the object oriented concept
  so please be specific and complete in your answer.
** My app:
          MDI  with an ODBC database with file support.

Normally, when this application starts up, the main frame (with standard menu and tool bar, etc.) appears with a child frame for displaying the components of the database. my app.....

I want the main frame to have have NO MENU or TOOL BAR (nothing!, except maybe the close button ("X"), and a title bar). And instead of displaying the childframe with the database fields (controls), I want to first display a box (dialog) with 3-d buttons which will be the menu choices (it will take the place of  the standard menu). Each of these buttons will call the various tables of the database or other duties to be performed.

As I said above I'm new (and confused by this MFC), so tell me how to code and/or (what to cut out of the standard generated code) to make this happen.

Thanx, Pete
Question by:petlin

Accepted Solution

AVaulin earned 100 total points
ID: 1163817
You must refuse from document orientation to create main frame without menu and toolbar. BTW cut all code in CYourApp::InitInstance from AddDocTemplate to return TRUE and insert code like this:

CString str = AfxRegisterWndClass( CS_HREDRAW|CS_VREDRAW, LoadStandardCursor(IDC_ARROW), CBrush(RGB(255,255,255)), LoadIcon(IDR_MAINFRAME) );
CRect r;
r.left = = 0; r.right = 640; r.bottom = 480;
m_pMainWnd = new CMainFrame;
((CMainFrame*)m_pMainWnd)->Create( str, "Window Name", WS_VISIBLE|WS_BORDER|WS_CAPTION, r );

To show dialog before showing main frame you must
1) create dialog resource with resource editor
2) create CYourDialog class with ClassWizard help
3) insert before this code CYourDialog::DoModal member like this:


Good luck.

Author Comment

ID: 1163818
I'm not clear on the following:
you say:
"You must refuse from document orientation..." refuse?
do you mean when using appwizard to create app.? There's no menu option at this point.

also, point #3)
"insert this code CYourDialog::...",  insert where?

Thanx again,


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