MFC: Invisible Scroll

Dear experts,

I have a ListBox. I would like to show line numbers of all items in it. I am thinking of adding another Listbox containing only numbers and synchronize it with the main ListBox. But is there a way not to show any scroll in the additional ListBox, and still make its contents move synchronously with the main ListBox's scroll? Thanks.
tantormediaAsked:
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ZoppoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
@tantormedia: Attached you can find a sample code which implements showing line numbers within the list box with an owner drawn list box.

To use it adapt the code so it fits into yours (best by adding 'DrawItem' and 'OnScroll' via ClassWizard and replacing the created code with those from the two appropriate functions).

Set the list box's properties 'Owner drawn' to 'fixed' and 'Has Strings' to 'True' in the resource editor.

After filling the list box call CListBoxEx::AdjustColumnWidth' to ensure the horizontal extent of the list box is set correctly.


I found it mostly works fine with one except: If windows uses smooth scrolling (i.e. with Windows 7 and activated Aero theme) on horizontal scrolling the line numbers move slightly sideways befor redrawn in the correct place - unfortunateley I didn't find a workaround to solve this yet.

Anyway, maybe you can live with this, then using that method may save you a lot of work regarding the synchronization. So it may be worth a try.

ZOPPO
#define LINE_NUM_BORDER 25


void CListBoxEx::DrawItem( LPDRAWITEMSTRUCT lpDrawItemStruct )
{
	// TODO:  Add your code to draw the specified item
	CDC dc;

	dc.Attach( lpDrawItemStruct->hDC );

	int nIndex = lpDrawItemStruct->itemID;
	int nOff = GetScrollPos( SB_HORZ );

	CString strLine;
	GetText( nIndex, strLine );

	CRect rect = lpDrawItemStruct->rcItem;
	CRect rectText = rect;
	rectText.left += LINE_NUM_BORDER;

	// Save these value to restore them when done drawing.
	COLORREF crOldTextColor = dc.GetTextColor();
	COLORREF crOldBkColor = dc.GetBkColor();
	int nOldMode = dc.GetBkMode();

	// If this item is selected, set the background color 
	// and the text color to appropriate values. Also, erase
	// rect by filling it with the background color.
	if ( ( lpDrawItemStruct->itemAction | ODA_SELECT ) && ( lpDrawItemStruct->itemState & ODS_SELECTED ) )
	{
		dc.SetTextColor(::GetSysColor( COLOR_HIGHLIGHTTEXT ) );
		dc.SetBkColor( ::GetSysColor( COLOR_HIGHLIGHT ) );
		dc.FillSolidRect( &rectText, ::GetSysColor( COLOR_HIGHLIGHT ) );
	}
	else
	{
		dc.FillSolidRect( &rectText, crOldBkColor );
	}

	// If this item has the focus, draw a red frame around the
	// item's rect.
	if ( ( lpDrawItemStruct->itemAction | ODA_FOCUS ) && ( lpDrawItemStruct->itemState & ODS_FOCUS ) )
	{
		CBrush br( RGB( 255, 0, 0 ) );
		CRect rectFrame = rect;
		rectFrame.left = nOff + LINE_NUM_BORDER;

		dc.FrameRect( &rectFrame, &br );
	}

	// Draw the text.
	dc.SetBkMode( TRANSPARENT );

	rectText.left += 2;
	dc.DrawText( strLine, &rectText, DT_LEFT|DT_SINGLELINE|DT_VCENTER );

	// Reset the background color and the text color back to their
	// original values.
	dc.SetTextColor(crOldTextColor);

	strLine.Format( "%d", nIndex + 1 );

	rect.left = nOff;
	rect.right = nOff + LINE_NUM_BORDER;

	dc.FillSolidRect( rect, RGB( 224, 224, 224 ) );
	rect.right--;
	dc.DrawEdge( rect, BF_RIGHT, EDGE_RAISED );
	rect.DeflateRect( 1, 0 );
	dc.DrawText( strLine, &rect, DT_LEFT|DT_SINGLELINE|DT_VCENTER );

	// Reset the background color and the text color back to their
	// original values.
	dc.SetBkColor(crOldBkColor);
	dc.SetBkMode( nOldMode );

	dc.Detach();
}

void
CListBoxEx::AdjustColumnWidth()
{
	CClientDC dc( this );
	CFont* pOldFont = dc.SelectObject( GetFont() );

	int nMinWidth = 0;
	CString strLine;

	for ( int n = 0; n < GetCount(); n++ )
	{
		GetText( n, strLine );
		CSize s = dc.GetTextExtent( strLine );

		if ( s.cx > nMinWidth )
		{
			nMinWidth = s.cx;
		}
	}

	dc.SelectObject( pOldFont );

	SetHorizontalExtent( nMinWidth + LINE_NUM_BORDER );
}


void CListBoxEx::OnHScroll(UINT nSBCode, UINT nPos, CScrollBar* pScrollBar)
{
	// TODO: Add your message handler code here and/or call default
	LockWindowUpdate();

	CListBox::OnHScroll(nSBCode, nPos, pScrollBar);

	UnlockWindowUpdate();
}

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sarabandeCommented:
you can add only the visible lines to second list box. then no vertical scrollbar would appear. the line numbers you can achieve by making the listbox owner drawn, then you can draw two columns like in list control.

Sara
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tantormediaAuthor Commented:
Sara, could you please give me an example or a link where I can read how to draw line numbers?
Also, why do I need two columns? I thought I would have a separate listbox for line numbers.
Also, somebody suggested to just use CWnd::ShowScrollBar(), but
m_lstOldData.ShowScrollBar(SB_VERT, FALSE);
didn't change anything, as I still see both scrollbars.
Thanks.
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Deepu AbrahamR & D Engineering ManagerCommented:

CListCtrl list;
list.InsertColumn(0,"Line number");
list.InsertColumn(1,"Your Data");

While populating the data you could add the line number as well.
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tantormediaAuthor Commented:
DeepuAbrahamK,

But I am using CListBox, not CListCtrl...
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tantormediaAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much.
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ZoppoCommented:
You're welcome - I hope it's good enough for your needs :o)

Have a nice day,

best regards,

ZOPPO
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