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Using AtlAxCreateControl and unloading controls

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Hi all,

I am using the ATL function AtlAxCreateControl to create an ActiveX control at run time, using my dialog box as the parent window.

My product requires a functionality that, I must also be able to unload this dynamicaly created ActiveX control at run time. By unloading , I mean , destroying the control window (if it had one) and freeing all the associated resources.

Any comments/suggestions is welcome ?

Thanks in advance


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I'd use CAxWindow::CreateControl/Ex instead it calls AtlAxCreateControl internally and wraps it up in an easy to manipulate object
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by:saurabh_dasgupta
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Thanks for the reply. I have just managed to get hold of some code from a MSDN article titled:
"Write ActiveX Controls Using Custom Interfaces Provided by ATL 3.0"

In this article I observed that the approach should be:

(i)Creat an instance of CAxWindow
(ii)Query for the interface IAxWinHostWindow using QueryHost method of CAxWindow
(iii)Use the method CreateControl of IAxWinHostWindow to create the OLE control
(iii)Remember a reference to the IUnknown of the OLE control
(iv)When the time to unload comes, use the IOleObject::Close  method

I am still not able to understand why the OLE control pointer returned from a direct call to AtlAxCreate.. Or CAxWindow wont give me an IOleObject interface when I do a query interface ??? Wheras the IAxWinHostWindow approach is absolutely fine ...!!!

Thanks



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I couldn't say without further investigation but the ATL source code might hold a clue as IAxWinHostWindow is an ATL interface - it seems that as it is a wrapper then a simple QI on the interface would not work so it exposes a method that allows you to access the wrapped object - I hope this answers you question
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