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A technique for changing the font for all child windows in your main application
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    This article shows how to change the font for all child windows using only one line with a callback function.

    The idea is to create a callback function that is passed to Win32 API function ::EnumChildWindows(). Somewhere in the application, global CFont object is created. Pointer to this object is passed as a third argument in EnumChildWindows(). This argument is passed to a callback function together with a handle to a child window. Using these 2 arguments, the function changes the font for the child window.

    Using this technique, it is very easy to:

    • Change the font for main frame window, its child views and a status bar from CMainFrame::OnCreate().
    • Change the font for all dialog controls from OnInitDialog().

    The Callback function looks like this:

    // lParam is a pointer to CFont object
    BOOL __stdcall SetChildFont(HWND hwnd, LPARAM lparam)
    {
       CFont *pFont = (CFont*)lparam;
       CWnd *pWnd = CWnd::FromHandle(hwnd);
       pWnd->SetFont(pFont);
       return TRUE;
    }
    

    This callback function is used from OnCreate() or OnInitDialog() in the following way:

    ...
    // g_Font is an object of type CFont or derived from CFont
    EnumChildWindows(m_hWnd, ::SetChildFont, &g_Font);
    ...
    

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    About the Author

    Zoran M. Todorovic
    Web Developer SCA d.o.o.
    Serbia Serbia
    I am a cofounder of SCA Software, company that specializes in software for process control, visualization and communication. Programming for the last 10 years in C++, Delphi. Visual C++ for the last 6 years. Degree in Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications.

    Comments and Discussions

     
    QuestionCFrameWnd font? PinmemberSpitfed25-Sep-06 4:17 
    Questionhow to change font size? PinmemberHuaHsin27-Apr-04 18:15 
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    Questionhow to set to the particular control? PinmemberHuaHsin27-Apr-04 17:00 
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