The History Combo class
CHistoryCombo is based on
CComboBox, and includes support for keeping item history, including reading from and saving to the registry. It can also be used to display the contents of an existing
How to use it
CHistoryCombo class is very straightforward. Follow the steps below to add one to an existing project:
- After putting the source files (HistoryCombo.cpp and HistoryCombo.h) into the directory you wish to use them from, add the files to your Visual Studio project.
- In the resource editor, add a combo where you wish.
- In Class Wizard, add a member variable for your combo control, selecting "Control" from the "Category" list, and selecting "
CHistoryCombo" from the "Variable Type" list. (If
CHistoryCombo does not appear in the list, you may need to delete your class wizard file (.clw) and regenerate it). I will assume your control variable name is
- Add a handler for
WM_INITDIALOG in your dialog class if you don't already have one, and add the following code to it:
(Note: you can specify any string you wish for the section, and key-prefix.)
- In your handler for the
IDOK button, or wherever you choose, add the following:
That's all you need to do.
Serialization, and using a string for storage
For examples on how to use the
CArchive support, and the loading and saving from and to a string, see the demo program.
Each function is documented in the CPP file, but here is a list of functions in
CHistoryCombo(BOOL bAllowSortStyle = FALSE);
CString LoadHistory(LPCTSTR lpszSection, LPCTSTR lpszKeyPrefix,
BOOL bSaveRestoreLastCurrent = TRUE, LPCTSTR lpszKeyCurItem = NULL);
CString LoadHistory(CRecentFileList* pListMRU, BOOL bSelectMostRecent = TRUE);
void SaveHistory(BOOL bAddCurrentItemtoHistory = TRUE);
virtual void Serialize(CArchive& ar);
void SaveHistory(CArchive& ar, BOOL bAddCurrentItemtoHistory = TRUE);
void LoadHistory(CArchive& ar);
CArchive& operator<<(CArchive& ar, CHistoryCombo& ob);
CArchive& operator>>(CArchive& ar, CHistoryCombo& ob);
CString SaveHistoryToText(CString& sHistory, BOOL bAddCurrentItemToHistory =
TRUE, LPCTSTR lpszDelims = _T("\r\n"));
void LoadHistoryFromText(LPCTSTR lpszHistory, LPCTSTR lpszLastSelected = NULL,
LPCTSTR lpszDelims = _T("\r\n"));
int AddString(LPCTSTR lpszString);
void SetMaxHistoryItems(int nMaxItems);
void ClearHistory(BOOL bDeleteRegistryEntries = TRUE);
void StoreValue(BOOL bIgnoreIfEmpty = TRUE);
void SetAutoComplete(BOOL bAutoComplete = TRUE);
static void SetAutoCompleteDefault(BOOL bAutoComplete = TRUE);
static BOOL GetAutoCompleteDefault()
Version 3.1 - 20 Apr 2007
Version 3.0 - 22 Jun 2004
- Added serialization to/from a
CArchive object (suggested by EPulse), which can be used by one of the three methods:
- Added loading/saving from/to a
CString object (suggested by Uwe Keim)
Version 2.1 - 09 Jul 2003
- Updated to support Unicode.
Version 2 - 01 May 2002
CBS_SORT on creation, if specified.
- Added option to allow the sort style to be set, if required.
SetMaxHistoryItems, so it removes old entries from the list to ensure that there are no more than the maximum. Also, made
SaveHistory remove redundant profile entries above the maximum.
WriteProfileString to remove profile entries rather than
Version 1 - 12 Apr 2001
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