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I would like to be able to dynamically change the color of the text in my dialog edit ctrl.

For example:

  In my modeless dialog, if the user enters vaild data and presses OK the text in the edit ctrl would turn green otherwise it would turn read.


Thanks.

-Eric






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Override the WM_CtlColor message to change the color of the control.

You can do this in the dialog, or derive a class from CEdit (and override the reflection version which has an = sign before the name).

When you override this message you
1. Can set the text color using
pDC->SetTextColor( RGB(whatever) ) ;

2. Can set the background using
pDC->SetBkColor( RGB(whatever) ) ;
and returning an HBRUSH wish a solid color


Therefore the steps are
A. Add an HBRUSH to the dialog class as a member variable
B. In your constructor create a brush or brushes

m_hBrush = ::m_hbr = CreateSolidBrush( RGB(whatever) ) ;

C. In your destructor destroy the brush or brushes

DeleteObject( m_hBrush ) ;

D. Override the WM_CTLCOLOR message.  You can check it's the control you're interesting in by checking the pWnd and nCtlColor values

example
HBRUSH CMyDialog::OnCtlColor( CDC* pDC, CWnd* pWnd, UINT nCtlColor )
{
   if ( _red_ )
   {
     pDC->SetTextColor( RGB(255,0,0) ) ;
     pDC->SetTextColor( RGB(255,255,255) ) ;
     return m_hBrush ;
   }

   // etc
}

E. When you want to force a repaint of the particular control set a flag indicating if it's red, green or whatever, then force a repaint as

GetDlgItem(ID_MYEDIT)->InvalidateRect( NULL, TRUE ) ;
GetDlgItem(ID_MYEDIT)->UpdateWindow() ;

F. So you know RGB values you  might find useful

RGB(255,0,0) =  bright red
RGB(0,0,255) = bright green
RGB(255,255,255) = white
RGB(0,0,0) = black

RGB(128,0,0) = dark red
RGB(0,0,128) = dark green

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This m_hBrush = ::m_hbr = CreateSolidBrush( RGB(whatever) ) ;

should have said

m_hBrush = ::CreateSolidBrush( RGB(whatever) ) ;

example

m_hBrushWhite = ::CreateSolidBrush( RGB(255,255,255) ) ;

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