Disable all child window controls(ie. grayout)

Posted on 1998-01-25
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I need to disable all the child controls in a window (say dialog).

For example, say I have a CMyDialog (derived from CDialog) class having
CComboBox myCombo1; ... myCombo100;
CListBox myListBox1; ... myListBox100;

All these variable number of combo, listbox, edit controls get displayed in the Dialog.

At run time I need to Gray them out (disable) them.

What is the most generic way of doing that? (I know myComboBox->EnableWindow(False) etc.. but it won't work in my case because I donot want to hardcode these variable names in my program to diable them.

I want to know a generic way of sending message to ALL visible child controls of a dialog to diable (& grayout) themself.

Any code sample would be very helpful.

Venkatesan Pillai
Senior Software Engineer, Autodesk Inc
San Rafael, CA 94903

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chensu earned 30 total points
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You can use CWnd::GetNextDlgTabItem() and/or CWnd::GetNextDlgGroupItem() to enumerate all the child controls. Pass NULL as the pWndCtl parameter to get the first control.


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