Using ComboBox on FlexGrid - Cant set the ComboBox Size correctly

Posted on 2006-11-24
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
I am using a FlexGrid Control, and want to use, depending on the current cell, either a CComboBox or a CEdit.

I have no trouble at all, sizing the CEdit, simply convert TWIPS to Pixels, and, call Create.

With the ComboBox, I am unable to make the height the correct value.  The cells are 15 Pixels tall, and no matter what I do, the CComboBox insists on being 24 pixels tall.

I've set the Font to a smaller font, tried SetItemHeight(), tried MoveWindow(), etc.  Nothing works.

Any Ideas, Rick
Question by:rickatseasoft
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I turns our that a the ComboBox height is determined automatically by the font.  As I mentioned above, I had changed the font, but didn't know that I had to, after changing the font, do an UpdateWindow() in order for the effect to take place.

The upshot is that in order to get the ComboBox down to 15 Pixels, the font has to be set to about 58 points which is really difficult to read.  I wonder about deriving a class, and handling the sizing myself.  If you have any ideas, I am interested.  If not, I will just either deal with the spill over, or make the cells taller.

Thanks, Rick
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Did you try this or not?
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Sorry, I thought it was clear that I did try your suggestion, and it didn't work.  If you are able to make this work, please post some code.

After considerable sleuthing around the internet, and my C++ books, it would seem that the only way alter the height of the ComboBox is to change the font.

Regards, Rick
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AlexFM earned 250 total points
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Just wanted to know, this style helps in other situations. But it looks like here this doesn't help.
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AndyAinscow earned 250 total points
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Could you change the font. Resize. UpdateWindow. (or whatever it is you did do). Then reset the font to the one you want.  Maybe the combo will be tricked and keep the new, smaller, height.

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That is a great thought---I know because I already had it.  All kidding aside, thanks for trying.

Interestingly enough, when I changed the font to a smaller font, the ComboBox required an UpdateWindow() to get smaller, but when I changed the font to smaller, did an UpdateWindow(), then changed the font back to large, without an UpdateWindow(), it was large again.  It makes no sense, and I might tackle it sometime this week, but I just ran out of time---other issues are demanding attention right now.

My other thought was to override the WM_MOVE or WM_SIZE handler, and see where that took me.  Unfortunately, when I traced the code using the debugger, it went deep into windows---where the debugger wouldn't take me---without me seeing any mention of any code modify the desired size based on the Font.  In other words, as deep as the debugger would take me a height of 15 remained 15.  Somewhere in windows, beyond my reach, there is some method, function, or something that says, "15 is too small, let's make it 24!"

Of course, maybe I am approaching this in the wrong way.

Thaks for trying, Rick
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Maybe this is WM_GETMINMAXINFO handler?

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