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An easy to use and implement Text Only Status Bar with Tool tip text extracted from the status bar panes.
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    Introduction

    You must have seen a lot of very fancy Status Bars in different samples and commercial applications with progress bars, animation, images etc etc. Here, I present a technique for making a Text Only Status bar with many text-only panes and with it's own tool tips extracted from the Status Bar panes themselves.

    You can easily replace the standard status bar in an existing SDI/MDI app by including:

    #include "TextualStatusBar.h"
    

    at the top. For a dialog based app you can create it in OnCreate().

    Although this might not be the best Status Bar around, I've shown you the way to deal with a Status bar and tool tip control as a child window. Furthermore, there are a couple of other (read, better!) ways for adding tool tips to any control. The technique I used in the sample is the same one that I used in an app because it was a requirement. I caught WM_NCHITTEST over the status bar and updated the tool tip text.

    TextOnlyStatusBarTest_small.gif

    This example also teaches how to get to the individual panes of the status bar and perform an operation on them. This example also illustrates the tight connection between MFC CStatusBar and CStatusBarCtrl classes.

    Please don not hesitate to mail me any bug, suggestion, clarification, query etc.


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    Farhan Noor Qureshi
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    Comments and Discussions

     
    QuestionThe Point? PinmemberPeter ritchie28-Nov-02 3:54 
    AnswerRe: The Point? PinmemberLi Zhaoming12-Dec-02 18:20 
    GeneralRe: The Point? PinsussTuPacMansur15-Jun-05 16:27 
    GeneralA small fix. PinmemberAndrew Stampor7-Nov-01 11:19 
    GeneralUsing global MFC CToolTipCtrl PinmemberTroels K.6-Nov-01 20:39 
    Generaltooltips in CCstatusBarCtrl PinmemberAmit Gupta1-Jun-01 18:41 
    GeneralRe: tooltips in CCstatusBarCtrl PinmemberFarhan Noor Qureshi4-Jun-01 5:28 
    QuestionStatusBar Questions??? PinmemberPrasad8-May-01 19:59 
    AnswerRe: StatusBar Questions??? PinmemberFarhan Noor Qureshi9-May-01 5:26 

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