child view 500 pts

Hi guys,
  i am creating a non-modal dialog box. I only want it to exist inside the view part of the application. Right now, i have created one, but I can move it anywhere on the screen, even over the menus. I only want to be able to move it inside the view, not anywhere else. Also, how would I maxamize that dialog box to cover the whole view? So basically, what i want is when the application is opened, the modeless dialog box is maxamized in the view area, and all my menus are still showing.

500 pts

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struggling_coder_3203Asked:
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OnegaZhangConnect With a Mentor Commented:
if you insist to use a dialog, here is what I have tested
1. Set dialog resource style to Child
2. create a CDiloag based class , add windows message handler for WM_DESTROY

void CAboutDlg::OnDestroy()
{
      CDialog::OnDestroy();
      delete this;      
}
3. add a member to CxxxView
      class CAboutDlg* m_dlg;
4. add message handler for CxxxView
int CdlginviewView::OnCreate(LPCREATESTRUCT lpCreateStruct)
{
      if (CView::OnCreate(lpCreateStruct) == -1)
            return -1;

      m_dlg = new CAboutDlg();
      m_dlg->Create(CAboutDlg::IDD,this);
      return 0;
}

void CdlginviewView::OnSize(UINT nType, int cx, int cy)
{
      CView::OnSize(nType, cx, cy);
      if(cx>1 && cy>1 && m_dlg && !m_dlg->IsWindowVisible())
            m_dlg->ShowWindow(SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED);
}

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OnegaZhangCommented:
Why not use CFormView?

set style of your dialog as WS_CHILD, set its parent to the view window

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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Further to OnegaZhang - new project, SDI based.  At the final stage you can change the CView to a CFormView based view.  This gives you a view that looks like a dialog and that you can create in the resource editor.  MFC will automatically size it to fit the client area.
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struggling_coder_3203Author Commented:
ok, but how would i do it if i didn't want to use CFormView??
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RuskialtCommented:
I was thinking MDI (multi document) application instead of SDI (single document). The "new project" wizard will do alot for you if you could consider rewriting the base of your application from scratch. It will have any number of open windows inside the main view, and maximize button on each one of them. Then use a CFormView as suggested by OnegaZang.
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
>ok, but how would i do it if i didn't want to use CFormView??

You can create a standard child window and add controls as members, then at OnCreate event create every control you have declared as member.
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
However I still agree with OnegaZhang that CFormView is the "cleanest" way to do what you want.
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