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Adding ActiveX control

Posted on 2000-04-23
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Hi im new to c++ and im sure this question has been asked many times. I want to use Microsofts TabStrip control and when I add it to my dialog and run the program nothing shows up. The dialog wont even show up. I tried to register the control again and it seems to be registered I dont understand the problem. Am I supposed to instanciate the control myself in the dialog boxes OnInit method I thought VC++ does this. Help!!
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by:GlennDean
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Hi:
  It's most likely a step you didn't do.  The way to add the TabStrip is
   1.  Go to your Project Menu, click Add to Project, then Registered ActiveX Controls.
   2.  Search for the Microsoft Tabstrip you want, double click on it.
   3.  Click OK to the dialog asking you do you want to insert it into your project
   4.  Click OK to the dialog informing you of the files that will be added to your project
   5.  Now you should notice the Tabstrip on your Toolbox.  Click on the Tabstrip, and then click on your dialog and that places the Tabstrip on your dialog.  IF you don't see it on the dialog as soon as you click on the dialog then you did something wrong.
   6.  Compile the project and it works.

   Glenn
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by:GoofyJoe99
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Yeah i thinnk i did all that. I compile the program with the tabstrip on the dialog and it compiles fine. Then I click to run the exe and it just ends immedeately and the doalog doesnt even show up I dont get it
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by:degarn
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Is your application dialog based and if yes, did you set the ActiveX on the main dialog of your project ?

If not you've got to instanciate your new dialog !!

Give me more details about the way you implemented your project !
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by:degarn
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Well, I've just done the same test you did in a new project, and this works perfectly ! (using Microsoft TabStrip v6.0 in VC++6)

Your problem can come from many things :

1) In AppWizzard,did you check the ActiveX control check box in the second step ? This point gives your apllictaion a support for ActX !

2)Do you use default properties in the ActiveX, or have you personnalised them ? If personnalised , try to use default properties and see what happens !

Btw, if other, you can give me your e-mail adress,and I'll post you the code of the little project I made to test TabStrip ActX ...
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by:GlennDean
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The ActiveX control check box is checked by default so he doesn't need to do that.
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by:degarn
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Hi Glenn,
I agree, I should have said " I hope you have not unchecked the 'ActiveX controls' option in the second step" !
Well, sorry for that.

Btw, I don't understand Goofy's problem! As I explained, I've did all the steps he tells us he had done (your first answer that was rejected, indeed) and everything works fine !
That's why I think the problem comes from somewhere else in his code !

The point I find intrresting in his latest comment is :
>>the doalog doesnt even show up

That's why I'd like him to give us more details about the project in which h wants to insert the ActiveX...
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Hi degarn:
   I agree.  Typically when one has problems like that it's something simple like forgetting to Initialize COM (in this case though AppWizard generates that call to AfxEnableControlContainer() so it's good to go - yank out that line and of course everything goes wacko).  
   GoofyJoe99: I would also try using the debugger and set a breakpoint in your app's InitInstance() function.  Step thru the code line by line and see which line causes the gag.  See if its AfxEnableControlContainer or the line
 int response = dlg.DoModal();

   Glenn
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by:GoofyJoe99
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Thanks to both of you I forgot to instanciate it and  didnt know how but now i do and it works thanks :)
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