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The Ultimate Toolbox Application Skins

, 25 Aug 2007 CPOL
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The Ultimate Toolbox supports Office XP, Office 2003, and Classic application skins

Visit the Ultimate Toolbox main page for an overview and configuration guide to the Ultimate Toolbox library.

Source code and project files for this sample can be found in the samples\advanced\SkinsDemo directory of the sample projects download.

Overview

The Skins Demo demonstrates the skinning framework available in The Ultimate Toolbox library. You can choose between the Office 2003, Office XP and Classic skins, and you can also change skins dynamically when the application is running.

Setting a Skin to Your Application

  1. Derive your application class from COXSkinnedApp instead of from CWinApp. Do not forget to include OXSkins.h.
  2. Derive your main frame window from COXMenuBarFrame<CMDIFrameWnd, COXSizeDockBar> instead of from CMDIFrameWnd for MDI applications. For SDI applications, derive your main frame window from COXMenuBarFrame<CFrameWnd, COXSizeDockBar> instead of from CFrameWnd.
  3. In the constructor of your main frame class call the constructor of COXMenuBarFrame<> and pass CBRS_ALIGN_ANY for the first parameter and RUNTIME_CLASS(COXSizableMiniDockFrameWnd) for the second parameter.
  4. Derive or instantiate your toolbars from COXCoolToolBar instead of from CToolBar.
  5. Add an instance of COXBitmapMenuOrganizer to your main frame class. In the WM_CREATE handler of your main frame window call COXBitmapMenuOrganizer::AttachFrameWnd(…) and then COXBitmapMenuOrganizer:: AutoSetMenuImage(…).
  6. Add an instance of COXTabClientWnd to your main frame class. This will enable the MDI tabs. In the WM_CREATE handler of your main frame window call COXTabClientWnd::Attach(...).
  7. Derive or instantiate your status bar from COXStatusBar instead of CStatusBar.
  8. Derive your view class from COXSkinedView<PARENT>, where PARENT is the class from which your view was previously derived.

In the very beginning of your application class's InitInstance call SetCurrentSkin(_T("<skin name here>")). Choose from "Classic", "Office XP", and "Office 2003" skins. You can call this method again at any time to allow the user to switch between skins.

If you are having trouble following these steps they way they are outlined, just open the SkinsDemo project and do a text search for "STEP". You will find specific comments in all the places where the code needs to be modified:

Here is the related code which shows these actions in more detail:

// STEP 1 - Derive your application class from COXSkinnedApp insted of 

// CWinApp.

class CSkinsDemoApp : public COXSkinnedApp
{
public:
    CSkinsDemoApp();
    ...

 
// STEP 2 - Derive you main frame window from COXMenuBarFrame<cmdiframewnd, />.

class CMainFrame : public COXMenuBarFrame<cmdiframewnd, />
{
    DECLARE_DYNAMIC(CMainFrame)
public:
    CMainFrame();
    ... 

 
// STEP 3 - Call the constructor of COXMenuBarFrame<cmdiframewnd, /> and

//        pass CBRS_ALIGN_ANY for the first parameter and

//        RUNTIME_CLASS(COXSizableMiniDockFrameWnd) for the second parameter

CMainFrame::CMainFrame() : 
    COXMenuBarFrame<cmdiframewnd,coxsizedockbar />(CBRS_ALIGN_ANY,
    RUNTIME_CLASS(COXSizableMiniDockFrameWnd))
{   ...

// STEP 4 - Derive or instantiate your toolbars from COXCoolToolBar instead 

// of CToolBar.

    COXCoolToolBar m_wndToolBar;
    COXCoolToolBar m_wndToolBar2;

// STEP 5 - Add an instance of COXBitmapMenuOrganizer to your main frame 

// class. This will enable your menus to show bitmaps.

    COXBitmapMenuOrganizer m_BMO;

// STEP 5 (Cont'd) - Call COXBitmapMenuOrganizer::AttachFrameWnd(...) and then

//    COXBitmapMenuOrganizer::AttachFrameWnd(...)

m_BMO.AttachFrameWnd(this);
m_BMO.AutoSetMenuImage();        // (place this code in the OnCreate handler 

                                 // of your CMainFrame class)


// STEP 6 - Add an instance of COXTabClientWnd to your main frame class. 

// This will enable the MDI tabs.

COXTabClientWnd m_MTIClientWnd;

// STEP 6 (Cont'd) - Call COXTabClientWnd::Attach(...) in the OnCreate() of 

// the main frame class

m_MTIClientWnd.Attach(this);

// STEP 7 - Derive or instantiate your status bar from COXStatusBar instead 

// of CStatusBar.

COXStatusBar m_wndStatusBar;

// STEP 8: Derive your view class from COXSkinnedView<...>

#define BASEVIEW CView
class CSkinsDemoView : public COXSkinnedView<baseview />
{
protected: // create from serialization only

History

Initial CodeProject release August 2007.

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GeneralMy vote of 2 Pin
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QuestionI would love ot use this, but I have a problem Pin
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QuestionCan't download 0KB file Pin
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GeneralErrors in VS 2010 Beta2 Pin
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QuestionSkins and HTML Help Pin
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QuestionWhy I got Error Link? Pin
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GeneralRe: Why I got Error Link? Pin
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Generali could not make it to use the OXCustumizeManager Pin
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QuestionCan not redraw the menu Pin
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AnswerRe: Can not redraw the menu Pin
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GeneralRe: Can not redraw the menu Pin
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QuestionOffice 2003 Skin with MDI exe [modified] Pin
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GeneralProblems with the control title in the TabViewBar and 3DTabViewBar Controls [modified] Pin
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GeneralRe: Problems with the control title in the TabViewBar and 3DTabViewBar Controls Pin
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QuestionSkins not working when a toolbar is located in a dll Pin
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GeneralRe: Skins not working when a toolbar is located in a dll Pin
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GeneralCouldn't compile in VS 2008 Pin
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GeneralUI styles in Dialog based app Pin
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GeneralMenu text change doesn't work in Office Classic mode Pin
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GeneralRe: Menu text change doesn't work in Office Classic mode Pin
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