Change Color of an Object with API Functions

Posted on 2004-09-14
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How to change the color of an Object using API Functions ?
Like Delphi's Form Objects (Label , CheckBox , Button , ... ) which you can change the COLOR property of them. and in VB is like this , too.
I've tried the SetTextColor , CreatePen , SelectObject and some other GDI Functions but they had no result.
Can someone help me please ?
thx - SMA
Question by:sma_soft
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TButton wraps the standard button windows control.
All the colors of these standard controls come from the registry. You change them in the Display Control Panel.
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The WinControls have a canvas. For this canvas you can set the pen color and brush color. These values are used to draw these controls. Some controls have even more properties that contain other colors and font information. But in general there's no API call that can be used to change the color, because when the control redraws itself, it will revert to the previous color.
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TButton is just a wrapper for the Windows button control as robert said
so if you want to change the color of one specific button, your best option is just to use a third party component, there are MANY available, just look at Torrys for color button
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hello sma_soft , , there is a large amount of information about the subject of  API functions and how to use them, , , Do you have a more specific  problem or question about something you want to do?  A certain control that you want to change color?  A TLable is NOT a windowed control, so it don't do API, also some controls do not respond to a color change (a system BUTTON does not want to do a change of Color, also a TCheckBox is a system BUTTON). . . And a different type of system Control will have different typs of methods for changing them. . .
What is it you are trying to do? Or are you wanting info about using API methods?

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BlackTigerX , I know about third-party Components , but I want to know how to this job with API Functions.
Because everything done in the Win32 Programs , are encapsulated of APIs.

Slick812 , First Thank you for your Guides.
Second , I've Created my Form using Pure-API. (CreateWindowEx , RegisterClassEx , etc.) I didn't use TForm.
and I also created a STATIC control using CreateWindowEx. (Against of Delphi's TLabel , it has a hWnd and can implement APIs.)
And I want to change the color of this Static Control using API. Because this is not a Delphi component and hasn't a COLOR property to set.
That's what I mean.
thx - SMA
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The problem is that a Windows button simply does not react to any way to change its colors via Win32 API.
The only reaction is to a WM_SETTINGSCHANGE (aka WM_WININICHANGE) which is broadcast when the system colors in the Display Control Panel get changed.

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robert_marquardt , I don't want to change the Windows's Colors. in Control Panel Display Settings. Because this will change colors of all objects. I want to change the color of one of my objects.
For Example in Delphi we write:
I want to to this job with API Functions.
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Did i tell already that it is *impossible* with TButton?
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Slick812 earned 500 total points
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OK, I have more of an Idea of what you want for information, If you are doing an API program (without the Forms unit) then to change the color of a text "STATIC" control you will need to use the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC in your Window Proc for the parent of the STATIC control, in the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message you will need to set the colors with  SetTextColor( ) and SetBkColor( ) , , also you can set the background  fill brush with the Window Proc Result as in the following code

WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC: if (LParam = hLabel1) then
{WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC is the pre Static Paint message to get
colors to paint the Label}
                     {SetBkColor is only for the text drawing}
                     Result := Brush1;
                     {Result is the Brush Handle used to paint any
                     background not covered by text}
                       You MUST Exit so the DefWindowProc is NOT called
                       try it without Exit and the Static will NOT change colors}
                     end else
                     if (LParam = hIcon2) then
                     Result := wClass.hbrBackground;

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you may can find some help for Delphi API  programming at

there is information about WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC and other at

there is some API control change code at


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