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Screen flicker

I have an application that uses two windows and an edit control that for the most part is single line, but under certain circumstances enlarges itself to 4 lines thus resizing itself and the display window below it.

Display & Main windows have a background of COLOR_APPWORKSPACE.
Edit Windows background is COLOR_WINDOW

In the Display area's paint event I inflate the client area by -4 x and y and then paint that area with FillRect and COLOR_WINDOW

In the routine that resizes these two windows I'm using MoveWindow.

What I'm encountering is severe screen flicker and I was wondering if DeferWindowPos would eliminate this problem, or possible do I have to change something in WNDCLASSEX

I'm calling Windows API not using MFC

Thanks - Peter
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Roshan DavisCommented:

The major flicker may due to the WM_ERASEBACKGROUND. U r filling the background area with a color, Windows also filling before ur color fill with WM_ERASEBACKGROUND. THis can be avoid by assigning a NULL_BRUSH to erase background.
THe code will be something like this
SetClassLong(hWnd, GCL_HBRBACKGROUND, (LONG)GetStockObject(NULL_BRUSH))

and when u creating a child window, u must have to set WS_CLIPCHILDREN for avoiding child area painting when parent draw coming.

GOOD LUCK
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CodeJokey50Author Commented:
To roshmon:

Your solution: SetClassLong & my implementation of it modified slightly by just returning 0 in the windows procedure for WM_EREASEBKGRND produced the same effect and did if fact get rid of the flicker.

As a matter of fact I did implement SetClassLong also which probably has the same effect as setting that property in WNDCLASSEX.

Only problem is it also got rid of the effect that I'm trying to achieve and when I put the FillRect call back into WM_PAINT for that window, right back to the flicker again.

Thanks regardless, it steers me in a little different direction than I was contempating.
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Roshan DavisCommented:
>>I have an application that uses two windows and an edit control that for the most part is single line
What r the other two windows

>>but under certain circumstances enlarges itself to 4 lines thus resizing itself and the display window below it.
Please make clear how


>>In the Display area's paint event I inflate the client area by -4 x and y and then paint that area with
>>FillRect and COLOR_WINDOW

Why r u using FillRect for painting windows, Post WM_PAINT to that window
or painting windows background use, WM_CTLCOLOR

Roshmon
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CodeJokey50Author Commented:
roshmon:

I've e-mailed you a copy of the application.  A picture is worth a thousand words this way you can see what I mean.
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Roshan DavisCommented:
Okay, waiting for your mail....

Roshmon
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Roshan DavisCommented:
This can be simply avoid by using the SetClassLong function. Apply this function to the window below the edit control.
And also modify that window style to WS_CLIPCHILDREN.

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CodeJokey50Author Commented:
True, but like I said in my post of 3/13/2002 10:00 pm that defeats the visual effect that I'm trying to create so I have to come up with a different solution.

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CodeJokey50Author Commented:
Even though your answer didn't help me out, it is technically correct and it did help me elliminate all the resonable possibilities.

Thanks
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