Dialog : Button hides behind the Bitmap ( Picture control )


 I created a dialog ( derives from CSimpleDialog ) with two controls in it
 1. Picture control 2. Button control. I placed the Button control on top of
 the Picture control. Picture control shows Bitmap in it. In the resource
 editor, the button control is visible on top of the Picture control. But
 at the run time, Button hides behind the bitmap. It becomes visible when
 i click on that area. I tried to change the z order of the button.
 I tried the following code.. Nothing works. Does any one knows how to
 place controls on top of a Picture control ?

LRESULT CAboutDialog::OnInitDialog(UINT uMsg, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam, BOOL& bHandled)
{
     // Bring OK button to the front.
     HWND m_hwndOKButton = ::GetDlgItem(m_hWnd, ID_OK);
     if (m_hwndOKButton != NULL)
          ::SetWindowPos(m_hwndOKButton, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_SHOWWINDOW | SWP_FRAMECHANGED);

     HWND hwndPictureBox = ::GetDlgItem(m_hWnd, IDC_BITMAP);
     if (hwndPictureBox != NULL)
          ::SetWindowPos(hwndPictureBox, HWND_BOTTOM, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_SHOWWINDOW | SWP_FRAMECHANGED);

     return 1;  // Let the system set the focus
}

I tried it with ::BringWindowToTop(buttonhandle) method. It didnt work. Is there
any way to bring the Button to the front ?


 TIA,

 Sankar S.

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BogdyPtrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try overriding OnPaint method of CDialog and call RedrawWindow for picture and then for button. This sould work.
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jtwine100697Commented:
Nothing positive, but I would try:

   o Forcing the button to rease and repaint itself at the end of OnInitDialog
   o Setting the static (picture) control's TRANSPARENT and/or DISABLED styles

Just a couple of thoughts...

-=- James.
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BogdyPtrCommented:
It works. I just tested it.
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jtwine100697Commented:
> Try overriding OnPaint method of CDialog and call RedrawWindow for picture and then for button. This
sould work
>
> It works. I just tested it.

Would you have to attach classes to, and manually have each of you GUI items redraw themselves in that example?  Meaning, if my dialog contains 23 other controls, do I have to trigger drawing for each of them as well?

-=- James.
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sankars98Author Commented:

 jtwine,

    Thanks for the response. I tried it before. It didnt
    work.

 BogdyPtr, Excellent.. It worked.. But i tried it in WindowProc function. I am using ATL Dialog. Thanks..

 Sankar S.
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sankars98Author Commented:

 > Meaning, if my dialog contains 23 other controls, do I have to trigger drawing for each of
them as well?

  jtwine, I didnt see your second response. Yes i think
  that's how i should do.. :(. But i tried several
  things. Nothing seems to be working. Can you tell me
  a better place to put that redraw code ? I dont want
  to put it in paint method ( WM_PAINT ). I will
  post another question if you like..
 
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jtwine100697Commented:
When I try just putting a button overlapping a static control, it works for me just like that(!).

When you say "Picture Control", do you mean a static control that will display a bitmap, or some kind of custom "Picture" control?

-=- James.
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AxterCommented:
Hi sankars98.

The proper way to fix your problem, is to change the order in the ResourceView.
Simple steps:
1. Display your dialog in the ResoureView.
2. Press Ctrl-D (Or main-menu Layout->TabOrder)
3. Change the order of your Bitmap control and the Button control.

What ever order you see it in, change it so that the opisite comes first.
This will change the order that your control is displayed.
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BogdyPtrCommented:
You don't have to trigger drawing for all controls, you must doit only for picture and then for the controls obscured by the picture.
Also u don't have to define classes for controls; there is a api function RedrawWindow.
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