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CHoverButton - A simple hoverbutton with one bitmap and a tooltip

, 12 Oct 2000
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A simple drop-in class that provides a 'hot' look button using the _TrackMouseEvent function
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    Looking around for some nice bitmap hover buttons, I just couldn't find what I was looking for. In this case there are a couple of things you can do:

    1. Leave it.
    2. Buy it.
    3. Steal it.
    4. Get it for free.
    5. Start crying
    6. Do it yourself (and possibly share it.)

    I'll share!

    I found another hoverbutton class that uses SetCapture() and ReleaseCapture(). Using this method gave me some problems. I can't remember why, but it did to me. So I thought why do it so difficult? MS has a nice API to handle hover states: _TrackMouseEvent().

    So here it is... The class. After a long thought i decided to call it: CHoverButton. I used some classes and information found elsewhere (thanks to the people for that).

    How to use it?

    1. In you resource editor create a button and set the 'owner draw' property.
    2. Use classwizard to create a CButton object in your dialog.
    3. Include the "hoverbutton.h" file in your dialog class file.
    4. Rename the CButton object type to CHoverButton.
    5. Create a bitmap with three buttonstates: Up/Down/Hover. The pictures need to be right next to each other.
      The button will calculate it's own size = (the width of the bitmap)/3.
      You can use true color bitmaps here. See below for an example image.
    6. In the OnInitDialog() load the bitmap with mybutton.LoadBitmap(IDC_MYBUTTON);
    7. Set a tooltip with mybutton.SetToolTipText();
    8. Compile and enjoy.

    Have fun!


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    About the Author

    Niek Albers
    Web Developer
    Netherlands Netherlands
    Niek is the founder and programmer of and is working on many projects all the time. He makes a living by doing contractwork for others.

    Comments and Discussions

    QuestionEnable/Disable Issue with IE9 PinmemberHydGuy31-Jan-12 4:48 
    GeneralFIX: m_ToolTip.AddTool() with correct button size [modified] PinmemberChristoph Conrad26-Jul-10 1:57 
    GeneralText "Click me" not shown Pinmemberthe Jimmy21-Feb-07 21:10 
    GeneralRe: Text "Click me" not shown Pinmemberyjnevergone5-Apr-09 6:36 
    Generaltext over bitmap Pinmembertyounsi2-Jan-07 15:07 
    Generalload image from file [modified] Pinmembera.damm7-Aug-06 22:51 
    GeneralTransparent bitmaps PinmemberGismow26-Jul-06 23:10 
    Generalplz help me to solve tis problem with getting Front Page 98’s hover buttons to function. Pinmemberac sakura7-Jul-06 2:59 
    Generalu r experiencing problem with getting Front Page 98's Hover buttons to fuction Pinmemberac sakura7-Jul-06 2:53 
    GeneralSlightly Off Topic Pinmember69 Bay4-Jul-06 7:26 
    Generaltooltips Pinmemberramyasangeet8-Mar-06 22:52 
    Generaldinamic creation PinmemberMax Santos8-Feb-06 15:09 
    GeneralButton Not Showing up Pinmembertweetpiyo6-Feb-06 8:15 
    GeneralMinor improvement - transparent background PinmemberHans Dietrich5-Sep-04 10:11 
    GeneralRe: Minor improvement - transparent background PinmemberAnne Jan Beeks25-Jun-05 4:32 
    GeneralRe: Minor improvement - transparent background PinmemberSims11-Aug-05 1:36 
    GeneralRe: Minor improvement - transparent background Pinmembernewofilms7-Dec-05 16:04 
    GeneralButton as Hyperlink in MFC PinmemberSunilJoshi_MCA24-Mar-04 2:59 
    GeneralSomething maybe better! PinmemberTailor28-Feb-04 22:06 
    GeneralProblem compiling example in VC++ 7 PinmemberSick@work4-Nov-03 3:34 
    GeneralRe: Problem compiling example in VC++ 7 PinsussHJ Jo12-Dec-03 2:57 
    GeneralRe: Problem compiling example in VC++ 7 PinmemberJust_a_girl15-May-04 23:58 
    GeneralRe: Problem compiling example in VC++ 7 Pinmemberihawley19-Jul-04 23:58 
    GeneralTrackMouseEvent Pinmembershinay19-Jul-03 12:57 
    GeneralRe: TrackMouseEvent PinsussAnonymous25-Aug-03 23:04 

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