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Drawing in a MDI Window

Posted on 1999-07-07
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Last Modified: 2010-04-02

I'm writing a simple 2D, MDI, wire-frame drawing application in Visual C++ for a college project and would like to be able to draw 'rulers' in the client are of the MDI window but have it so that these rulers cannot be drawn over by the the contents of the area not occupied by the 'rulers' ie. the area where I will draw the shapes.

Thank you for your time.

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Laminamia063099 earned 400 total points
ID: 1199400
    Try this: (if it still fits within your project idea)
Instead of drawing the ruler directly on the client area, make a window (a plain panel) in that same space where you wanted to put the ruler in the former client area.  On this child window, draw the ruler.  You can even make this window the same color as your client area and without a border so that it appears to be part of the client area to the user, but he cannot draw there.  

     This requires no code you haven't used before, just create a window without the WS_BORDER style and then draw the ruler on it as you would have anywhere else.

     Hope this works, add a comment if you want more details!


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ID: 1199401
Great idea, many thanks


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