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Display Animated Cursors stored in Resources

, 14 Dec 1999
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Demonstrates how to use an animated gif stored in your resource file as an animated cursor
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    This article describes how you can display an animated cursor that is created from an animated gif and stored in your applications resources.

    Before you can display it, you must import the animated gif into your resource file. You do this by declaring the animated gif file as a new user defined resource named "ANICURSOR" within your resource file.


    You then use the following function which loads the gif and displays it as an animated cursor:

    // LoadAnimatedCursor: Loads an animated gif from the resource as an cursor
    HCURSOR LoadAniCursor(UINT nID)
    	HINSTANCE hInst=AfxGetInstanceHandle();
    	DWORD dwSize=SizeofResource(hInst, hRes);
    	HGLOBAL hGlob=LoadResource(hInst, hRes);
    	LPBYTE pBytes=(LPBYTE)LockResource(hGlob); 
    	return (HCURSOR)CreateIconFromResource(pBytes,dwSize,FALSE,0x00030000);

    To display the cursor, call SetCursor(LoadAniCursor(ID_ANIMATED_HORSE))


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    Bernd Wißler

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    Comments and Discussions

    GeneralCreateIconFromResource() Always failed !!! PinsussHomles Chen21-Sep-00 23:10 
    GeneralWorking great but.... PinsussKishk9110-Mar-00 9:21 
    GeneralWorking great but.... PinsussKishk9110-Mar-00 9:21 
    GeneralNot a GIF, but a simple ANI cursor! PinsussPPEscher22-Jan-00 13:14 
    Why animated gifs? You use simple animated cursors

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