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WM_CTLCOLOR problem

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i handle the WM_CTLCOLOR  message for a checkbox and a command button for changing colors. The  checkbox changes color but not the command button .why is it. the code is as follows

HBRUSH CKKDlg::OnCtlColor(CDC* pDC, CWnd* pWnd, UINT nCtlColor)
{
      HBRUSH hbr = CDialog::OnCtlColor(pDC, pWnd, nCtlColor);
   if (pWnd->GetDlgCtrlID() == IDC_RADIO2)
   {
     
      pDC->SetTextColor(RGB(0, 111, 255));
      pDC->SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT);
      pDC->SetBkColor(RGB(111,11,89));
      hbr = m_brush;
   }//this works fine

   if (pWnd->GetDlgCtrlID() == IDC_BUTTON1)
   {
     
      pDC->SetTextColor(RGB(0, 111, 255));
      pDC->SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT);
      pDC->SetBkColor(RGB(111,11,89));
      hbr = m_brush;
   } // this does not respond in changing color

return hbr;
}
m_brush is declared as
COLORREF cr=RGB(127,127,127);
m_brush.CreateSolidBrush(cr);
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Question by:karthik2000
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by:VinExpert
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Hi,

I think for the command buttons, U have to make them ownerdrawn and handle the DrawItem() method to draw it.

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WM_CTLCOLOR does not work for buttons, nor for common controls.  It only wroks for a subset of the standard controls.

Common controls (like list views etc) have more control and more options for owner-drawing.

Standard controls that don't support WM_CTLCOLOR need to be owner-drawn.  Fortunately for buttons this is fairly easy.

Windows supplies DrawFrameControl to draw the button itself and DrawState to draw the guts (including icons, bitmaps and text).  Combine that with simply filling rectangles in the appropriate colour, and you're there.
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