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Insert your Logo between caption bar and menu bar

, 16 Jan 2000
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Give your apps a unique look by adding a logo to your menu.


The Real-Player program inserts its logo between the caption bar and menu bar. If you ever wanted to do this, then just follow me. Smile | :)

  1. Create a dialog based project ( need not care whether SDI or MDI )

    Project name : Fake Real Player.

  2. Insert your Logo bitmap file in your project.

    Logo name : IDB_LOGO

  3. To make room for drawing your logo, insert a temporary menu item in your default menu resource like 'menu for Image' at the first position.

    resource ID : IDM_IMAGE, no popup menu)

  4. Enlarge your IDM_IMAGE menu width to make room for logo in the OnMeasureItem() method:
    void CFakeRealDlg::OnMeasureItem(int nIDCtl, 
           LPMEASUREITEMSTRUCT lpMeasureItemStruct) 
        if (lpMeasureItemStruct->CtlType == ODT_MENU)
            if (lpMeasureItemStruct->itemID == IDM_IMAGE)
                lpMeasureItemStruct->itemWidth = 
                                  m_rectLogo.Width() + 5;
  5. Load your Logo bitmap file in your OnInitDialog() method.
    m_hBmp = (HBITMAP)LoadImage(AfxGetInstanceHandle(), 
               0, 0, LR_CREATEDIBSECTION);
    BITMAP bm;
    GetObject(m_hBmp, sizeof(bm), &bm);    
    m_rectLogo.left = 15;
    m_rectLogo.right = 15 + bm.bmWidth; = 2 ;
    m_rectLogo.bottom = 2 + bm.bmHeight;
  6. Make a DrawLogo() method to paint your Logo Bitmap.
    void CFakeRealDlg::DrawLogo()
        CDC* pdc= GetWindowDC();
        CDC memdc;    
        pdc->BitBlt(15, 2, 
            &memdc, 0, 0, SRCCOPY);    
  7. Override your OnInitMenu() method and OnSystemMenu() to protect Window draw line between the caption bar and the menu bar.
    void CFakeRealDlg::OnInitMenu(CMenu* pMenu) 
        // Important!!    
    void CFakeRealDlg::OnSysCommand(UINT nID, 
                                 LPARAM lParam)
        if ((nID & 0xFFF0) == IDM_ABOUTBOX)
            CAboutDlg dlgAbout;
            // Important!!!
            CDialog::OnSysCommand(nID, lParam);
  8. Override your OnNcPaint() to paint your Logo whenever FakeReal is shown.
    void CRealDlg::OnNcPaint() 
        // Default is equal 
        // 'CDialog::OnNcPaint()' .. :)
        // Important!!!

Steps 1~8 show you what you must do, but you may want to perfect this sample. For example, you may want to add an owner-draw caption to hide the system icon. If you upgrade this sample, I'll be very happy. Have a nice day!!!

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralWindows VISTA 64 bit issue PinmemberNeptunex10-Jun-07 0:03 
GeneralRe: Windows VISTA 64 bit issue PinmemberThe Dogcow Farmer2-Oct-08 11:42 
GeneralOn the other hand.... PinmemberGuyLeckyT10-Jun-05 3:58 
GeneralSDI Pinmemberfouadfana21-Apr-04 2:41 
Generallogo doesn't always appear Pinsussseeking answer7-Sep-03 19:08 
GeneralDC not Delete In DrawLogo() PinmemberAnonymous19-Mar-02 15:48 
GeneralPut the icon in a different place PinmemberThe Eclypse21-Oct-01 8:28 
Generalthe line between titlebar and menubar in SDI after modifying SysMenu Pinmemberrk3218-Jun-01 3:52 
GeneralAdding A bitmap to a popup menu Pinsussguy24-Aug-00 4:59 
Generalyou can find resource at PinsussSmile Seo24-Aug-00 13:30 
GeneralRe: you can find resource at Pinsussguy28-Aug-00 22:13 
GeneralRe: you can find resource at PinsussSmoogle28-Oct-00 16:49 
GeneralGreat, but... PinsussAlan17-Jul-00 16:26 
Generalvery easy, make it on SDI and MDI project!!! PinsussElton LAU10-Jul-00 16:47 
GeneralThanks.. PinsussSmile Seo10-Jul-00 18:06 
GeneralRe: very easy, make it on SDI and MDI project!!! PinmemberMatt Philmon9-Nov-00 8:53 
GeneralI have succeeded to make this work on a SDI Project PinsussAdun4-Jul-00 5:40 
GeneralThanks Adun.. PinsussSmile Seo4-Jul-00 7:52 
GeneralRe: I have succeeded to make this work on a SDI Project Pinmemberangel_10-Jan-02 20:55 
GeneralRe: I have succeeded to make this work on a SDI Project PinmemberJanapriya28-Mar-04 5:00 
QuestionI can't get the project to work for an SDI application? PinsussErich J. Ruth8-Jun-00 12:22 
GeneralSDI Menu, not dialog based. PinsussMark Janveaux11-Feb-00 8:37 

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