Changing a objects looks

Posted on 1998-12-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I am trying to alter the objects on the screen, ie. buttons, edit boxes, and so on.

I want to be able to set each objects properties such as font type and size, foreground, background, and text colors?

Thanks in advance
Question by:DanielJenkins
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ID: 1179781
What compiler and library are you using?
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ID: 1179782
That's sort of a broad question.   can you narrow it some?

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ID: 1179783
The Compiler I am using is MS VC++ 5.0.

I have programmed a bit in VB 5.0 and each control: buttons, edit boxes, text boxes, and list & combo boxes, on each of these the programmer can set the font attributes such as:
* size
* bold
* type of font(times roman, courier, or ms san serif)
* foreground color
* background color

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ID: 1179784
Some of these features can be set in a regular windows control using the WM_CTLCOLORXXX messages  (there are several with different "XXX"s).  These allow a parent window to control the color and fonts used in its child control windows.  These are easy to use, but they have limitations.  If they work for you, use them.  Otherwise, you need to sub-class the window controls and write your own procedures for drawing them.  This is quite hard to do.

Take a look at the control color messages and ask if you have questions.

Author Comment

ID: 1179785
OK that worked, but my buttons won't change color.
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Yeah, standard buttons don't seem to use this message system for much.  For those you need to sub-class, if it is important to you.

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