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Docking Toolbars Side-By-Side

, 15 Dec 1999
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Demonstrates how to dock toolbars side-by-side
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    There are many articles about docking toolbars, however, I felt that this was important enough to mention here. The same information can be found at Microsofts MSDN site, here it is in a nutshell: Add the following method to your CMainFrame class:

    void CMainFrame::DockControlBarLeftOf(CToolBar* Bar, CToolBar* LeftOf)
    	CRect rect;
    	DWORD dw;
    	UINT n;
    	// get MFC to adjust the dimensions of all docked ToolBars
    	// so that GetWindowRect will be accurate
    	n = 0;
    	n = (dw&CBRS_ALIGN_BOTTOM && n==0) ? AFX_IDW_DOCKBAR_BOTTOM : n;
    	n = (dw&CBRS_ALIGN_LEFT && n==0) ? AFX_IDW_DOCKBAR_LEFT : n;
    	n = (dw&CBRS_ALIGN_RIGHT && n==0) ? AFX_IDW_DOCKBAR_RIGHT : n;
    	// When we take the default parameters on rect, DockControlBar will dock
    	// each Toolbar on a seperate line. By calculating a rectangle, we
    	// are simulating a Toolbar being dragged to that location and docked.

    Now, in your CMainFrame::OnCreate, instead of using DockControlBar, use DockControlBarLeftOf:


    This will dock m_wndToolBar2 left of m_wndToolBar1.


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    Kirk Stowell
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    GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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    GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
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    GeneralThanks Pin
    busch2930-Aug-09 0:03
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    QuestionHow to put Toolbar at customized position Pin
    akira3223-Sep-08 0:58
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    GeneralThe same with CMFCMenuBar Pin
    bharath jois21-Aug-08 3:35
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    I wanted to dock a CMFCMenuBar to the left of a CMFCToolBar. I have tried this solution with CMFCToolbar instead of CToolBar but it doesnt work. I have tried DockPaneLeftOf as well. This works, but the toolbar gets placed way far to the left and the contents go off the screen. How do i fix this?
    GeneralThat's what i want Pin
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    QuestionHi(I want to dock ToolBar To its original position ) [modified] Pin
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