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Automatic Font Handling Class

, 14 Aug 2014 CPOL
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A class to make working with LOGFONTs easier

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The CAutoFont class was designed to eliminate the constant, tedious task of filling a LOGFONT structure everytime you need to create or use a font. It was designed to make font manipulation a simple task. Here's a brief example:

void CMyView::OnPaint()
    CPaintDC dc(this);
    CAutoFont autofont("Courier New");

    CFont *oldFont=dc.SelectObject(&autofont);
    dc.TextOut(100,100,"Hello World!");

As you can see, CAutoFont works just like a standard CFont object (in fact, it's derived from CFont), except that it has methods built into it for setting its parameters without having to mess with a lengthy LOGFONT structure. Included are two methods for turning the font into a string. This is useful for sending the font to and from the registry, for example. The methods are CAutoFont::ContractFont and CAutoFont::ExtractFont.


CAutoFont now has more functionality built into it. I apologize for forgetting who mentioned it, but per the suggestion of another MFCer, I've added into the ContractFont and ExtractFont functions the ability to save and restore font color. There are also two new functions. GetFontFromDialog allows you to easily incorporate a CFontDialog into your application that automatically updates the CAutoFont class. A CFont object, and a reference to the font's color are also passed back (through pointers) to the caller, if desired. The second function, SetDC, sets a HDC reference for the class to use in calls to GetFontFromDialog, and SetFontColor.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralAnother solution ... Pinmembercr9710-Jun-03 22:26 
GeneralSmall typo PinsussAnonymous16-Sep-02 5:15 
GeneralPoint Size PinmemberJonny27-Mar-02 23:23 
QuestionPrinting with the selected font? PinmemberMarcus Fries18-Mar-02 5:29 
How to handle the printing in any MFC MDI Application using the Autofont in OnDraw

if I select a font and size, go to a print preview the font ist realy small.

Do anyone have any idea's how to get the real font size for printing?

Thanks Marcus
PS: By the way it's a realy nice class.
AnswerRe: Printing with the selected font? PinmemberTerence Russell30-May-03 20:56 
QuestionHow to get Width Pinmemberlaotong1-Jan-02 16:37 
GeneralPoint size PinmemberAnonymous24-Oct-01 1:38 
GeneralGood work!!! PinmemberRejeesh.T.S1-Aug-01 3:35 
GeneralApply Button PinmemberNB13-Jul-01 0:02 
GeneralStill one of my favourite classes PinsussJason Hattingh7-Aug-00 5:24 

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