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Very simple true color toolbar (It's true!)

Sample Image - TrueColorToolBar.jpg


CTrueColorToolBar is a real true color toolbar. Implementation of the class is very very easy. The particularity of this toolbar is the auto detection of the mask color with the dib section of the first pixel of bitmap toolbar.

Steps to use

  1. Create dummy 16 color toolbar in VC with the number of buttons and final size you need.
  2. In your favorite painter, make 3 other true color toolbar bitmaps for state buttons (Normal, Hot, Disabled) based on the first one.
  3. Import your new true color toolbars in VC.
  4. Create new CTrueColorToolBar toolbar with the sample implementation of normal toolbar.
  5. Call LoadTrueColorToolBar function with your 3 true color toolbar bitmaps and the size of a button.
  6. That's it!


//In Mainframe.h
#include "TrueColorToolBar.h"
class CMainFrame : public CFrameWnd
    CTrueColorToolBar m_ToolBarDrawLeft;

//In Mainframe.cpp
int CMainFrame::OnCreate(LPCREATESTRUCT lpCreateStruct)
    if (CFrameWnd::OnCreate(lpCreateStruct) == -1)
        return -1;
    m_ToolBarDrawLeft.SetBorders(1, 1, 
        1, 1); //Fix for WinXP

    if (!m_ToolBarDrawLeft.Create(this, WS_CHILD | 
        TRACE0("Failed to create toolbar\n");
        return -1; //Failed to create

        TBSTYLE_FLAT);//Fix for WinXP
    return 0;


Note also that in the function LoadTrueColorToolBar if you omit the last parameter for disabled toolbar, you will get a default embossed disabled toolbar. Enjoy!


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Comments and Discussions

Questionbug in docking... Pinmembermsh_kr29-Aug-11 3:07 
GeneralMy vote of 3 PinmemberKarstenK29-Oct-10 0:39 
Generaladding text PinmemberJabraJabra8-Jul-04 23:20 
Generalusing CTrueColorToolBar Pinsusssatadru15-Dec-03 1:05 
GeneralGDI leak Pinmembermanero1-Jul-03 3:33 
GeneralAdding text to toolbar Pinmemberahmad0129-May-03 9:49 
GeneralRe: Adding text to toolbar Pinmemberluca diciotti9-Jun-03 23:05 
GeneralRe: Adding text to toolbar PinmemberEric Forget17-Nov-03 8:36 
GeneralRe: Adding text to toolbar Pinmemberluca diciotti17-Nov-03 21:42 
GeneralProblem with TBSTYLE_AUTOSIZE PinmemberZebster26-Feb-03 2:26 
GeneralRe: Problem with TBSTYLE_AUTOSIZE PinmemberZebster26-Feb-03 2:47 
GeneralTransparency issue on checked state Pinmemberrb2628-Jan-03 3:59 
GeneralRe: Transparency issue on checked state PinmemberDany Cantin28-Jan-03 4:27 
GeneralRe: Transparency issue on checked state Pinmemberrb2628-Jan-03 4:47 
Generalwhere is the Flat PinmemberGozhhu23-Jan-03 19:27 
Generalhelp with the drop arrow! PinmemberMingming Lu9-Jan-03 20:12 
GeneralRe: help with the drop arrow! PinmemberDany Cantin13-Jan-03 12:46 
QuestionAfxGetInstanceHandle vs. AfxGetResourceHandle? PinmemberFranck Pascutti13-Dec-02 0:33 
GeneralToolBarCtrl help PinmemberAnthonyWinters30-Oct-02 9:31 
GeneralRe: ToolBarCtrl help PinmemberDany Cantin30-Oct-02 9:55 
GeneralRe: ToolBarCtrl help PinmemberAnthonyWinters30-Oct-02 11:30 
GeneralRe: ToolBarCtrl help PinmemberAnthonyWinters30-Oct-02 12:28 
GeneralRe: ToolBarCtrl help PinmemberDany Cantin31-Oct-02 5:10 
QuestionCan tell me the truth? PinmemberLove In Snowing23-Aug-02 2:00 
AnswerRe: Can tell me the truth? PinmemberDany Cantin23-Aug-02 2:43 

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