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A simple transparent CStatic-derived class

, 16 Dec 2002
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This class allows you to create transparent static controls. For instance, you can add text on a bitmap in a dialog.


Sometimes, transparent static controls are very useful. For example, you have a dialog with a bitmap in it and want to add some text in the picture. If you create a static control, your text will appear on an opaque background, even if you've selected the WS_EX_TRANSPARENT style (this style is *very* buggy).

How to implement

To use the class in your application you need to do the following:

  1. Insert the .h and .cpp files into your project.
  2. Add a static control into your dialog resource.
  3. Add a member variable for that static control.
  4. Modify the variable declaration.
    Change this:
    CStatic m_Static
    To this:
    CTransparentStatic m_Static
  5. Don't forget the #include at the top of the include file:
    #include "TransparentStatic.h"

That's it. You should now have a transparent background.


The following Static Styles are implemented:

  • SS_CENTERIMAGE (center text vertically)

The various borders (SS_SUNKEN, WS_EX_CLIENTEDGE, ...) are also supported.


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionHow to use it in VC6.0??? Pin
qingqingcao22-Dec-11 21:02
memberqingqingcao22-Dec-11 21:02 
QuestionWhat's the license of this article? Pin
Xueyan4-Sep-11 19:49
memberXueyan4-Sep-11 19:49 
GeneralGUI Bug Pin
Ain Bahadur Mor7-Oct-08 23:20
memberAin Bahadur Mor7-Oct-08 23:20 
GeneralNot Working.. Pin
renjith_sree29-Jun-04 21:22
memberrenjith_sree29-Jun-04 21:22 
GeneralRe: Not Working.. Pin
Jaime Stuardo21-Nov-04 4:53
memberJaime Stuardo21-Nov-04 4:53 
Questionwhere are the resource fiiles? Pin
gundamchen9-Jun-04 17:22
membergundamchen9-Jun-04 17:22 
GeneralHelp - filckering when repeatly redraw Pin
lily0lin7-May-04 9:29
memberlily0lin7-May-04 9:29 
GeneralRe: Help - filckering when repeatly redraw Pin
eric feng17-May-04 5:33
membereric feng17-May-04 5:33 
GeneralGarbled text on a redraw Pin
AAntix12-Jan-04 5:25
memberAAntix12-Jan-04 5:25 
QuestionHow to change static text color? Pin
jameslauta11-Dec-03 14:50
memberjameslauta11-Dec-03 14:50 
GeneralGood, How about Icon or Bitmap Pin
liuhoihing26-Nov-03 17:20
memberliuhoihing26-Nov-03 17:20 
GeneralSimple Enhancement Pin
liuhoihing26-Nov-03 18:00
memberliuhoihing26-Nov-03 18:00 
Questionwhy "ss_sunken" don't work?? Pin
send_ch17-Aug-03 3:04
membersend_ch17-Aug-03 3:04 
MarkovAlex6-Aug-03 16:08
memberMarkovAlex6-Aug-03 16:08 
QuestionWhat if you need to redraw the text? Pin
Arash Salarian5-May-03 7:46
memberArash Salarian5-May-03 7:46 
AnswerRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
use_id3-Jul-03 4:29
memberuse_id3-Jul-03 4:29 
AnswerRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
tong_du8-Jul-03 11:03
membertong_du8-Jul-03 11:03 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
Ye Fenglei21-Jul-03 22:37
memberYe Fenglei21-Jul-03 22:37 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
imaudi8-Sep-03 19:48
memberimaudi8-Sep-03 19:48 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
Sick@work2-Feb-04 4:29
memberSick@work2-Feb-04 4:29 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
eric feng17-May-04 5:30
membereric feng17-May-04 5:30 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
K(arl)1-Dec-05 22:38
memberK(arl)1-Dec-05 22:38 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
Nic Wilson6-Jul-10 16:02
memberNic Wilson6-Jul-10 16:02 
GeneralRe: What if you need to redraw the text? Pin
wlburgess21-Oct-05 7:46
memberwlburgess21-Oct-05 7:46 
GeneralI use it in,but error has happened Pin
Tony.Xu27-Mar-03 22:08
memberTony.Xu27-Mar-03 22:08 

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