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XP-style Button Control

, 6 Aug 2002
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XP style button control for all version of windows.

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Here is an XP-style Button. It works on all windows OSs: 95/98/Me/NT/W2K/XP. No subclassing etc is needed to use this control - it's just a plain simple button control.  This code is a modified form of the OCX code I recently saw on codeguru. The button code was for an ActiveX control. I created this CButton derived class with latest Microsoft's sponsored CCP technology (Cut-Copy-Paste).

How to use it?

  • In you resource editor create a button and set the 'owner draw' property.
  • Use classwizard to create a CButton object in your dialog.
  • Include the "xpbutton.h" file in your dialog class file.
  • Rename the CButton object type to CXPButton.
  • Compile and enjoy.

Please visit My Web Site for more tutorials, tweaks, reference.


7 Aug 2002 - updated download


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionProblems compiling with VS2012 Pin
merano, 21-Apr-13 6:33
membermerano21-Apr-13 6:33 
AnswerRe: Problems compiling with VS2012 Pin
VincyChan, 21-Dec-14 16:10
memberVincyChan21-Dec-14 16:10 
QuestionWhat about the non rounded frame around the button? Pin
agua2, 8-Apr-09 11:57
memberagua28-Apr-09 11:57 
Generalgreat work Pin
ansif_pi, 29-Jul-08 0:53
memberansif_pi29-Jul-08 0:53 
Generalapologies Pin
MKMA, 23-Nov-07 4:37
memberMKMA23-Nov-07 4:37 
Generalproblem if init dialog is used Pin
MKMA, 23-Nov-07 4:22
memberMKMA23-Nov-07 4:22 
QuestionWho has the CXPEdit? Pin
aimar266, 23-Apr-06 5:10
memberaimar26623-Apr-06 5:10 
GeneralNice Pin
Alton Williams, 29-Jun-05 4:21
memberAlton Williams29-Jun-05 4:21 
GeneralToolTips Pin
paramecula, 16-Mar-05 3:19
memberparamecula16-Mar-05 3:19 
Generallittle bug Pin
Harbor Hu, 3-Mar-05 20:39
sussHarbor Hu3-Mar-05 20:39 
GeneralRe: little bug Pin
ladydi99, 12-Apr-05 22:09
memberladydi9912-Apr-05 22:09 
GeneralRe: little bug Pin
vjairam, 1-Jun-05 12:11
membervjairam1-Jun-05 12:11 
QuestionWhat bout other Controls... Pin
Manoj Singh K, 18-Jan-05 20:18
memberManoj Singh K18-Jan-05 20:18 
GeneralInvisible Pin
fl0at, 4-Jul-04 8:24
memberfl0at4-Jul-04 8:24 
GeneralFix For Font example, chinese. Pin
anonymousafsdfasd, 15-May-04 4:58
sussanonymousafsdfasd15-May-04 4:58 
GeneralFix For Font example, chinese. Pin
anonymous, 15-May-04 4:58
sussanonymous15-May-04 4:58 
GeneralLittle BUG fix Pin
Ivo Wubbels, 23-Apr-04 2:31
memberIvo Wubbels23-Apr-04 2:31 
I found a little bug in this control; here's what I changed:
1) i did not want the BOLD font, so used another font, but that's personal...
2) if you use '&Ok' to underline the O of 'Ok', it works okay for disabled buttons, not for enabled. This code fixes that bug.


// Draw the text
if (!m_title.IsEmpty()/*!strText.IsEmpty()*/)
CFont *oldFont=(CFont*)pDC->SelectStockObject(DEFAULT_GUI_FONT);
CString displayName=m_title;

CSize Extent = pDC->GetTextExtent(displayName/*strText*/);
CPoint pt( rect.CenterPoint().x -,
rect.CenterPoint().y - );

if (state & ODS_SELECTED)

int nMode = pDC->SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT);
//pOldPen = pDC->SelectObject(pBoundryPen);
//CFont *pOldFont = SelectStockFont( pDC );

if (state & ODS_DISABLED)
pDC->DrawState(pt, Extent, m_title/*strCaption*/, DSS_DISABLED, TRUE, 0, (HBRUSH)NULL);
pDC->DrawState(pt, Extent, m_title/*strCaption*/, DSS_NORMAL, TRUE, 0, (HBRUSH)NULL);
//pDC->TextOut(pt.x, pt.y, m_title/*strCaption*/);

Generalnice going. Pin
t2di4u, 28-Jan-04 20:11
membert2di4u28-Jan-04 20:11 
GeneralWhy there is no XP-style Edit Pin, 16-Dec-03 14:44
memberwhizzkid@ms28.hinet.net16-Dec-03 14:44 
QuestionHow can I set the button colors? Pin
Bobboots, 22-Aug-03 11:36
memberBobboots22-Aug-03 11:36 
Generalhwo can i set icon Pin
liquidsnake183, 29-Apr-03 9:28
memberliquidsnake18329-Apr-03 9:28 
QuestionWhat about xp titlebar? Pin
anon123, 1-Mar-03 11:46
memberanon1231-Mar-03 11:46 
QuestionHow can I get change the font on the CXPButton? Pin
Jaltair, 13-Feb-03 15:58
memberJaltair13-Feb-03 15:58 
AnswerRe: How can I get change the font on the CXPButton? Pin
Jeremy Davis, 14-Feb-03 1:51
memberJeremy Davis14-Feb-03 1:51 
GeneralRe: How can I get change the font on the CXPButton? Pin
Jaltair, 18-Feb-03 7:04
memberJaltair18-Feb-03 7:04 
GeneralRe: How can I get change the font on the CXPButton? Pin
halka, 14-Sep-04 5:06
memberhalka14-Sep-04 5:06 
GeneralRe: How can I get change the font on the CXPButton? Pin
Jeremy Davis, 14-Sep-04 5:16
memberJeremy Davis14-Sep-04 5:16 
AnswerRe: How can I get change the font on the CXPButton? Pin
kbomb987, 13-Oct-05 9:06
memberkbomb98713-Oct-05 9:06 
GeneralUse with PropertySheet Pin
Tim Hodgson, 3-Feb-03 12:10
memberTim Hodgson3-Feb-03 12:10 
GeneralRe: Use with PropertySheet Pin
styx, 13-Feb-03 0:23
memberstyx13-Feb-03 0:23 
QuestionHow use it In Web Explorer Pin
Johnson Chen, 5-Oct-02 6:02
memberJohnson Chen5-Oct-02 6:02 
Generalvb.NET Pin
Jason78, 30-Jul-02 16:15
memberJason7830-Jul-02 16:15 
GeneralRe: vb.NET Pin
Mika, 7-Aug-02 23:09
memberMika7-Aug-02 23:09 
GeneralRe: vb.NET Pin
Mark Pappert, 25-Oct-02 7:58
sussMark Pappert25-Oct-02 7:58 
GeneralDemo Resource File Pin
MJ_Karas, 30-Jul-02 9:58
memberMJ_Karas30-Jul-02 9:58 
GeneralRe: Demo Resource File Pin
srana, 30-Jul-02 22:35
membersrana30-Jul-02 22:35 
QuestionWhat about MultiLine?? Pin
lion, 30-Jul-02 3:20
memberlion30-Jul-02 3:20 
AnswerRe: What about MultiLine?? Pin
srana11, 1-Aug-02 7:53
susssrana111-Aug-02 7:53 

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