Create an Edit box using CreateWindow

Posted on 2003-03-23
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03

I am trying to create an edit box on a window using the CreateWindow function and the class "Edit". However, the edit box being created is different in looks than edit boxes I create using Dialog Boxes resources. It has no border! I have looked for styles I can put when creating edit boxes but found no style for border, am I missing something? I have had the same problem for buttons, but then only the font was different, and I used a WM_SETFONT message to fix it. Now, the font is wrong too, but I can fix it with a similar message. However, I can't seem to get the border right, please help!

Here is the CreateWindow code:

m_hEditBox = CreateWindow("Edit", "", WS_VISIBLE | WS_CHILD, 5, 5, 100, 100, m_hPlayWindow, NULL, (HINSTANCE)GetWindowLong(m_hPlayWindow, GWL_HINSTANCE), NULL);

Question by:IdanM
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Accepted Solution

Priyesh earned 100 total points
ID: 8191074
create using CreateWindowEx and use WS_EX_CLIENT_EDGE style in the dwExStyle member.

or after creating using CreateWindow, change style using

long lStyleEx = GetWindowLong(m_hEditBox, GWL_EX_STYLE) ;
SetWindowLong(m_hEditBox, lStyleEx, GWL_EX_STYLE) ;

Author Comment

ID: 8197095
I tried it, but it still doesn't look like edit boxes I create using dialog boxes resources. The border looks different, and the interior is white.

Expert Comment

ID: 8197674
I think WS_BORDER is the style you should put
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Author Comment

ID: 8197752
Nope, doesn't work as well... It's a different kind of border.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8205280
>>The border looks different, and the interior is white.

That's an odd statement, because the interior of ALL edit boxes is white!  (exception: the interior of read-only editboxes is gray)

Here is what you should do:  
In the dialog editor, create an edit box that looks just the way you want it to look.  Then use notepad to open the file named
In that file, you will find a section that defines the dialog box and in that section you will find the line that defines the edit box.  The window styles that are displayed there are the same ones that you must use in your CreateWindow call.

-- Dan

Author Comment

ID: 8212768
I tried that too, only ES_AUTOHSCROLL shows, and that doesn't do it. I'm thinking maybe it has to do with defines I am missing?
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Assisted Solution

DanRollins earned 100 total points
ID: 8212979
Try using Spy++.  Use it to examine the styles of an edit box that you like and an edit box that you don't like.

The WS_EX_CLIENT_EDGE extended style will only be visible if the window is created on a grey background.

And please, why do you think that having the interior be white is unusual or wrong?  There is something that you are not explaining and that is making it difficult to help you.

-- Dan

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