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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
    	RecalcLayout(TRUE);
    	
    	LeftOf->GetWindowRect(&rect);
    	rect.OffsetRect(1,0);
    	dw=LeftOf->GetBarStyle();
    	n = 0;
    	n = (dw&CBRS_ALIGN_TOP) ? AFX_IDW_DOCKBAR_TOP : n;
    	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.
    	DockControlBar(Bar,n,&rect);
    }
    

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

    m_wndToolBar1.EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    m_wndToolBar2.EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    DockControlBar(&m_wndToolBar1);
    DockControlBarLeftOf(&m_wndToolBar2,&m_wndToolBar1);
    

    This will dock m_wndToolBar2 left of m_wndToolBar1.

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    Kirk Stowell
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    QuestionThanks Pin
    rbrunton31-Jan-16 4:51
    memberrbrunton31-Jan-16 4:51 
    GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
    Robert Kisel13-Mar-11 11:33
    memberRobert Kisel13-Mar-11 11:33 
    GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
    Albert Holguin3-Oct-13 11:08
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    GeneralThanks Pin
    busch2929-Aug-09 23:03
    memberbusch2929-Aug-09 23:03 
    GeneralShow a button in pressed state using CMFCToolbar Pin
    Farhat Aisha24-Sep-08 23:43
    memberFarhat Aisha24-Sep-08 23:43 
    QuestionHow to put Toolbar at customized position Pin
    akira3222-Sep-08 23:58
    memberakira3222-Sep-08 23:58 
    I have 3 toolbars in the mainframe.
    I want to put them as below:

    [Toolbar1][Toolbar3]
    [Toolbar2]

    Please somebody tell me how to I do reach the goal?
    I just know the DockControlBar is the key and align flag(maybe).
    I have tried calculated the rect of toolbar to the position in top of MainFrame, but the toolbar look like to be aligned to top. Even I changed the toolbar's align flag to be bottom. The toolbar2 also cannot align to the toolbar1 to the left and side by side.

    source code from the website: (I just addd third toobar)
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/toolbars/toolbar_docking.aspx

    [pre]
    int CMainFrame::OnCreate(LPCREATESTRUCT lpCreateStruct)
    {
    if (CMDIFrameWnd::OnCreate(lpCreateStruct) == -1)
    return -1;

    //
    if (!m_wndToolBar1.Create(this) ||
    !m_wndToolBar1.LoadToolBar(IDR_MAINFRAME))
    {
    TRACE0("Failed to create toolbar\n");
    return -1; // fail to create
    }

    m_wndToolBar1.ModifyStyle(0, TBSTYLE_FLAT);

    //
    if (!m_wndToolBar2.Create(this) ||
    !m_wndToolBar2.LoadToolBar(IDR_WINDOW))
    {
    TRACE0("Failed to create toolbar\n");
    return -1; // fail to create
    }

    m_wndToolBar2.ModifyStyle(0, TBSTYLE_FLAT);

    //
    if (!m_wndToolBar3.Create(this) ||
    !m_wndToolBar3.LoadToolBar(IDR_WINDOW))
    {
    TRACE0("Failed to create toolbar\n");
    return -1; // fail to create
    }

    m_wndToolBar3.ModifyStyle(0, TBSTYLE_FLAT);

    //
    if (!m_wndStatusBar.Create(this) ||
    !m_wndStatusBar.SetIndicators(indicators,
    sizeof(indicators)/sizeof(UINT)))
    {
    TRACE0("Failed to create status bar\n");
    return -1; // fail to create
    }

    // TODO: Delete these three lines if you don't want the toolbar to
    // be dockable
    m_wndToolBar1.EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    m_wndToolBar2.EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    m_wndToolBar3.EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    EnableDocking(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY);
    DockControlBar(&m_wndToolBar1);
    DockControlBarLeftOf(&m_wndToolBar2,&m_wndToolBar1);
    DockControlBarLeftOf(&m_wndToolBar3,&m_wndToolBar2);

    return 0;
    }

    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
    RecalcLayout(TRUE);

    LeftOf->GetWindowRect(&rect);
    rect.OffsetRect(1,0);
    dw=LeftOf->GetBarStyle();
    n = 0;
    n = (dw&CBRS_ALIGN_TOP) ? AFX_IDW_DOCKBAR_TOP : n;
    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.
    DockControlBar(Bar,n,&rect);
    }
    [/pre]
    GeneralThe same with CMFCMenuBar Pin
    bharath jois21-Aug-08 2:35
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    GeneralThat's what i want Pin
    Xiong Shijie19-Sep-07 6:17
    memberXiong Shijie19-Sep-07 6:17 
    GeneralRe: That's what i want Pin
    Thornets5-Aug-08 1:36
    memberThornets5-Aug-08 1:36 
    QuestionHi(I want to dock ToolBar To its original position ) [modified] Pin
    tupi_kasvala8-Sep-07 1:27
    membertupi_kasvala8-Sep-07 1:27 
    QuestionHow to remove the empty space in front of toolbar2 if uncheck view->toolbar Pin
    jd0120-Nov-06 13:20
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    GeneralBeautiful Pin
    nadiric31-Aug-06 16:04
    membernadiric31-Aug-06 16:04 
    GeneralToolBar 1 not displayed properly Pin
    Abhi Lahare22-May-06 20:18
    memberAbhi Lahare22-May-06 20:18 
    QuestionHow to control the position of the docking toolbar if the main frame window is resized? Pin
    Mary Gao12-Apr-05 13:49
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    AnswerRe: How to control the position of the docking toolbar if the main frame window is resized? Pin
    mark-w20-Dec-05 16:48
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    GeneralRe: How to control the position of the docking toolbar if the main frame window is resized? Pin
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    GeneralOdd Artifacts Pin
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    GeneralThanks! Pin
    Bob Ciora28-Jan-05 9:49
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    GeneralClasses Derived from CToolBar Pin
    NoahNNFN11-Jan-05 7:59
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    GeneralRe: Classes Derived from CToolBar Pin
    icaro14-Jun-06 10:33
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    Generalremoving border/seperator Pin
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