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Changing Text color in Dialog

Posted on 2004-08-26
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In formview class,i have a bmp loaded on screen having data displayed on it.On right clicking on that data,a dialog appears having information of that var in STATIC control.Now i want to change the color of some of information in dialog box.
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In right click event,a Dlg shows values :

sprintf(buffer,"%f %f %s",m_HSCALE,m_YSCALE,m_string);
CWnd* pStaticWnd= pDlg->GetDlgItem(IDC_STATIC1);
 pStaticWnd->SetWindowText(buffer);
pDlg->Show....
now i want to change the textcolor of m_HSCALE value to green.How can i achieve this..as SetTextColor func changes the color of whole text in Static Control.?
cancermcs
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Jaime Olivares earned 20 total points
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You can do this without any sort of owner-draw function.

Why don't you display your info in separated static controls?
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by:Jaime Olivares
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Sorry, typo. I mean you CANNOT do this with any sort of owner draw function.
You can read about custom static controls at:
http://www.codeproject.com/staticctrl/
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Your question is interesting because you want PART of the text displayed in the static to be a different colour...
Let me start by showing you how to set a static controls text colour (the whole string will be drawn in this colour)...

What you want to do is handle the WM_CTLCOLOR message that your dialog receives on each paint...

You do this by with the OnCtlColor() handler...

here is a sample that will turn YOUR static text green :

------------- START -----------------

HBRUSH YourDialog::OnCtlColor(CDC* pDC, CWnd* pWnd, UINT nCtlColor)
{
  HBRUSH hbr = CDialog::OnCtlColor(pDC, pWnd, nCtlColor);

  if ( nCtlColor == CTLCOLOR_STATIC )
  {
    if ( pWnd->GetDlgCtrlID() == IDC_STATIC1 )
    {
      pDC->SetTextColor( RGB(0,255,0) );
    }
  }

  return hbr;
}

---------- END --------------

However, if you want select parts of your static text to be a different colour, then you will need to either create your own static control, or download one of the many static controls available on the code sites. I know that http://www.codeproject.com has a few of these types of controls.

Take care,
Peter
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by:Jaime Olivares
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As I said, there is no way to display different color portions of a static control with standard CStatic methods, unique way is owner-draw as explained in some examples of the link I've posted.
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agreed :) was just offering an alternative route... :)
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