Multiline Tooltips in MFC

Posted on 2001-08-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
How do I create a tooltip that has multiple lines of text in MFC
Question by:WarrenW
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Add this to your CMainFrame message map


Add this fn to CMainFrame (and a prototyp in the header)

BOOL CMainFrame::OnToolTipText( UINT id, NMHDR * pNMHDR, LRESULT * pResult )
     static CToolTipCtrl* pToolTip = NULL;
     CToolTipCtrl* ptt= AfxGetThreadState()->m_pToolTip;
     if (ptt != pToolTip) { // new tooltip
         CRect rc(4,4,4,4); // 4 pixel margin
         ptt->SetTipBkColor( RGB(128,255,128));
         ptt->SetDelayTime(TTDT_AUTOPOP, SHRT_MAX);
         pToolTip = ptt;
     return CFrameWnd::OnToolTipText(id, pNMHDR, pResult);

Now edit the resource string section.  For instance, see...

ID_FILE_NEW   57600  Create a new document\nNew
and chang to...
ID_FILE_NEW   57600  Create a new document\nNew AND IMPROVED and MUCH longer then ever before!

In MSDN, look up the article:
Visual C++ 6.0 Brings Home a Full Bag of Tricks and Treats for MFC Developers

for more info
Here's a BONUS!
  ptt->ModifyStyle(0, 0x0040); // TTS_BALLOON = 0x0040, but not in the header

makes cool "comic book talk" baloons intead of a rectangle.

-- Dan

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hi WarrenW,
Do you have any additional questions?  Do any comments need clarification?

-- Dan
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hi WarrenW,
Do you have any additional questions?  Do any comments need clarification?

-- Dan

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I receive this error when trying to do this:

error C2039: 'm_pToolTip' : is not a member of '_AFX_THREAD_STATE'
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Hi BobbyBoomBox,
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