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how to change color of a combobox?

Posted on 2007-08-06
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I would like to know if I can change the image or color of a combobox in C++ MFC?
the normal color would be a gray button with a white colored dropdown for the items.
i would like to change the combobox button (for example green) to match with the background that i have for my application.

if this is possible, please let me know.
you can also give me some keywords to search on to lead me to the right search path.
i have tried searching for hours but to no avail.

please help.
thanks.
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Question by:batang_igat
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by:mahesh1402
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Subclass edit control portion of the combobox and then use OnCtlColor() to change color.

To subclass, take a look at following:

HOWTO: Subclass CListBox and CEdit Inside of CComboBox
ID: Q174667 :http://support.microsoft.com/kb/174667

Also :WM_CTLCOLOR Processing for Combo Boxes of all Styles
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q81707/

-MAHESH
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by:batang_igat
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thanks mahesh.

can i possibly load a picture / image to change the button design instead of changing just the color?

i would just like to know if it is possible... :-D
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I will suggest you to skin your combobox, Refer folowing article with src :

Skin the ComboBox in 3 simple function calls
http://www.codeproject.com/combobox/Skin_Combo_Box.asp

-MAHESH
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by:batang_igat
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thank you very much mahesh1402 ;-)
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