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An Enhanced CCheckComboBox

, 10 Dec 2002
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hybrid control simulating a combo box with checkboxes on a dropdown tree
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I wanted a control with both the functionality of a combo and of a tree with checkboxes. Such a control would act like a combo showing a dropdown and also allowing checking and fast checking items.

By the time I finished coding I saw Magnus Egelberg's "CCheckComboBox" class, but I realize that my control has several advantages which anyway would had required the class to be completely rewrote.

My implementation (of a check list dropdown) is different from other implementations I seen, using a child, and not a popup window. Also for a better generality I use a tree, letting user see the checked items, by showing them in an edit box with a tool tip. I simulated a combo box by using an owner draw button, thus not directly deriving it from CWnd or CComboBox. I think this approach has several advantages.

To integrate these classes in a new project you would have to:

  1. Add the files "Check*" to your project
  2. On your form add a button with owner draw style and map it to a control
  3. Change the name of the mapped control to "CCheckComboBox"

To add an item you have to specify a caption, an ID and a level. The root has the level 0 (ROOT_LEVEL). All other nodes must be added with levels greater than 0 (ROOT_LEVEL), in the order in which they appear in the full-expanded tree. At any time you can use the function "GetCheckedIDs" to get a string with all checked item's IDs on the highest level of the tree. It is also possible to get the checked IDs using the function "GetCheck".

// ADD tree items:
m_choCountries.AddString("North America");
    m_choCountries.AddString("USA",    5, ROOT_LEVEL + 2);
    m_choCountries.AddString("Canada", 6, ROOT_LEVEL + 2);
    m_choCountries.AddString("UK",     7, ROOT_LEVEL + 2);

// CHECK all items

// UNCHECK the item with ID = 6
m_choCountries.SetCheck(6, FALSE);

// GET all checked items
CString strCheckedItems = m_choCountries.GetCheckedIDs();

Any suggestions to improve this set of classes are welcome.


  • 6 June 2002 - I let CTreeView alone interpret user keys, and introduced the OnGetDlgCode function for the combo.
  • 11 Dec 2002 - In this update I fixed 2 bugs and I added a functionality.


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About the Author

Magerusan Grigore Cosmin
Web Developer
Romania Romania
In June 2002 Magerusan Grigore Cosmin, took a Master's Degree in Computer Science at UBB University in Cluj.
He has ~2 years of experience using in VC++.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionCan u have the edit function PinmemberMember 1015708815-Jul-13 19:57 
QuestionI added "afx_msg void OnNMCustomdraw(NMHDR *pNMHDR, LRESULT *pResult);" to CCheckTreeCtrl,but no any effect Pinmemberpaniclp10-Jan-12 15:45 
QuestionHow can i use your Control in a CToolBar? PinmemberBigJorgos30-May-08 9:40 
QuestionHow to update parent control PinmemberJohannes P. Hansen1-Nov-07 23:44 
GeneralCheckBoxes PinmemberPandele Florin23-Aug-05 5:26 
GeneralA tip to update text whenever we have to DeleteString(nIndex). PinmemberScott M.G. Su6-Jul-05 23:00 
GeneralAdd Mouse Wheel Scrolling Support Pinmemberxzackely10-Dec-03 4:14 
QuestionVC++ 2003? PinmemberStefan Dahlin15-Sep-03 7:47 
AnswerRe: VC++ 2003? PinmemberStefan Dahlin16-Sep-03 0:30 
GeneralMinor improvements PinsussGöran Lundberg30-Mar-03 20:59 
GeneralGood, but BIG PROBLEM!!! Pinmemberoleg_cherkasenko15-Mar-03 6:25 
GeneralToolTip PinmemberBrad Bruce22-Feb-03 9:29 
GeneralWell done ! PinsussAnonymous12-Dec-02 3:24 
GeneralNew update available PinmemberMagerusan Grigore Cosmin11-Dec-02 20:51 
GeneralLooks not bad! PinmemberPhilip Patrick12-Aug-02 11:00 
GeneralBUG: Could not check, if item level decreases. PinmemberIsmail PAZARBASI19-Jun-02 14:56 
GeneralBug PinmemberBoris Ilijic19-Jun-02 6:57 
GeneralVery Good!! PinmemberWREY10-Jun-02 10:40 

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