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An ATL class that allows you to add a background image to any window
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    There are times you may need to change your dialog or control background. It can be easy if you are using the CPictureWindow class. This class uses one of the ATL classes, CWindowImpl. This does not means that the CPictureWindow class cannot be used in MFC applications. All that you need to do is insert two new lines in your stdafx.h:

    #include < atlbase.h > ;
    extern CComModule _Module;

    The class is used by subclassing another window. So if you want to change the background of one of your dialogs or a control, all that you need is to add a new member of CPictureWindow in the object, and then subclass the object with your new member.

    For instance, if you want to set the background image in a dialog, you would add a member variable m_PictureWindow to your dialog, and in the OnInitDialog call the function m_PictureWindow.SubclassWindow(m_hWnd ); where m_hWnd is the window handle of the dialog.

    If you want to handle the EraseBackGround message in the dialog you have to call

    m_PictureWindow.nMessageHandler = CPictureWindow::BackGroundPaint. 
    After you do this you have to call the Load function of the CPictureWindow class. In this way your background of the dialog will display an image.

    #include "PictureWindow.h"
    BOOL XXXX::OnInitDialog()
    	m_PictureWindow.SubclassWindow( m_hWnd );
    	m_PictureWindow.m_nMessageHandler = CPictureWindow::BackGroundPaint;

    Also, If you have one control child of one dialog (window) and you need to add a background picture all that you need to do is:

    #include "PictureWindow.h"
    BOOL XXXX::OnInitDialog()
    	// The IDC_STATIC1 is the identifier of child window, and the m_hWnd is the
    	// parent window handle
    	m_PictureWindow.SubclassWindow( ::GetDlgItem( m_hWnd, IDC_STATIC1 ) ); 
    	m_PictureWindow.m_nMessageHandler = CPictureWindow::ClientPaint; // This is the default value


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    Mihai Filimon
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    Comments and Discussions

    GeneralLoad Image from URL PinmemberJAGUARSOFT9-Apr-10 2:25 
    GeneralAdd background image in dialog box in VC++ PinmemberSanjeev.Kr.mit23-Jul-09 6:35 
    QuestionChanging background image of panel PinmemberWilson Kopman15-Sep-08 6:06 
    GeneralCompilation error when include the header file Pinmemberkmho11-Dec-06 22:42 
    GeneralLoading image from resource PinmemberDemian Panello3-Oct-06 4:30 
    GeneralBackground have many options? center, stretch, tile Pinmembervietdoorgroup11-Jul-06 5:00 
    GeneralImage is not displaying Pinmemberkumarkatikireddy2-Mar-06 20:27 

    i have used cpicture in my ATL dialog to display a background image for the dialog. I have done it sucessfully and the code is compiling very well. But at the run time, it is not displaying any background image.

    Please any body help me reagrding this.



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    GeneralGood one, thanks! PinmemberIlushka2-Jul-03 22:41 
    QuestionCan your source be used in embedded VC++ (Pocket PC 2002)? PinmemberWingWing1-Apr-03 3:49 
    AnswerRe: Can your source be used in embedded VC++ (Pocket PC 2002)? PinmemberMihai Filimon4-Apr-03 3:37 
    GeneralTo show a BMP picture on the background of MDI client Pinmemberericlts30-Mar-03 20:05 
    QuestionHow to Adding a background image to any window use bitmap from resource in MFC Pinmemberzm465618-Mar-03 23:25 
    GeneralI don`t know how to use Bitmaps in a MFC Application PinsussHELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!9-Oct-02 8:15 
    GeneralRe: I don`t know how to use Bitmaps in a MFC Application PinmemberAnuj Mishra13-Jul-04 23:43 
    GeneralFocus problem Pinmemberj2meman1-Oct-02 5:17 
    QuestionResource? PinmemberAnonymous12-Feb-02 8:03 
    AnswerRe: Resource? PinmemberCarlos Antollini12-Feb-02 8:07 
    GeneralRe: Resource? PinsussBard26-Aug-02 1:26 
    GeneralRe: Resource? PinmemberIlushka2-Jul-03 23:56 
    AnswerRe: Resource? PinmemberBakar12-Apr-02 11:54 
    GeneralProblem. Debug Sssertion Failed. I need help. PinmemberSpeaker28-Nov-01 23:25 
    GeneralRe: Problem. Debug Sssertion Failed. I need help. PinmemberAnonymous13-Mar-02 0:20 

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