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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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    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

    Generaltooltips Pin
    ramyasangeet, 8-Mar-06 22:52
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    Generaldinamic creation Pin
    Max Santos, 8-Feb-06 15:09
    memberMax Santos8-Feb-06 15:09 
    GeneralButton Not Showing up Pin
    tweetpiyo, 6-Feb-06 8:15
    membertweetpiyo6-Feb-06 8:15 
    GeneralMinor improvement - transparent background Pin
    Hans Dietrich, 5-Sep-04 10:11
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    GeneralRe: Minor improvement - transparent background Pin
    Anne Jan Beeks, 25-Jun-05 4:32
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    GeneralRe: Minor improvement - transparent background Pin
    Sims, 11-Aug-05 1:36
    memberSims11-Aug-05 1:36 
    GeneralRe: Minor improvement - transparent background Pin
    newofilms, 7-Dec-05 16:04
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    GeneralButton as Hyperlink in MFC Pin
    SunilJoshi_MCA, 24-Mar-04 2:59
    memberSunilJoshi_MCA24-Mar-04 2:59 
    GeneralSomething maybe better! Pin
    Tailor, 28-Feb-04 22:06
    memberTailor28-Feb-04 22:06 
    GeneralProblem compiling example in VC++ 7 Pin
    Sick@work, 4-Nov-03 3:34
    memberSick@work4-Nov-03 3:34 
    GeneralRe: Problem compiling example in VC++ 7 Pin
    HJ Jo, 12-Dec-03 2:57
    sussHJ Jo12-Dec-03 2:57 
    GeneralRe: Problem compiling example in VC++ 7 Pin
    Just_a_girl, 15-May-04 23:58
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    GeneralRe: Problem compiling example in VC++ 7 Pin
    ihawley, 19-Jul-04 23:58
    memberihawley19-Jul-04 23:58 
    GeneralTrackMouseEvent Pin
    shinay, 19-Jul-03 12:57
    membershinay19-Jul-03 12:57 
    GeneralRe: TrackMouseEvent Pin
    Anonymous, 25-Aug-03 23:04
    sussAnonymous25-Aug-03 23:04 
    GeneralRe: TrackMouseEvent Pin
    Anonymous, 25-Aug-03 23:04
    sussAnonymous25-Aug-03 23:04 
    Generalmybitmap.detach() missing in CHoverButton::LoadImage() Pin
    RhettLiu, 12-Jul-03 22:35
    memberRhettLiu12-Jul-03 22:35 
    GeneralRe: mybitmap.detach() missing in CHoverButton::LoadImage() Pin
    Anonymous, 4-Jan-04 9:13
    sussAnonymous4-Jan-04 9:13 
    GeneralProblem Pin
    Wu Mintao, 14-Jun-03 9:43
    memberWu Mintao14-Jun-03 9:43 
    GeneralRe: Problem Pin
    Rob T., 25-Jun-03 10:45
    sussRob T.25-Jun-03 10:45 
    GeneralRe: Problem Pin
    Wu Mintao, 26-Jun-03 4:02
    memberWu Mintao26-Jun-03 4:02 
    GeneralThanks for the _TrackMouseEvent ... Pin
    Maximilien, 6-Dec-02 5:54
    memberMaximilien6-Dec-02 5:54 
    GeneralPROBLEM!! Pin
    Anonymous, 10-Oct-02 5:04
    sussAnonymous10-Oct-02 5:04 
    GeneralHover Button problem Pin
    Anonymous, 12-Feb-02 0:12
    memberAnonymous12-Feb-02 0:12 
    GeneralRe: Hover Button problem Pin
    thanh2002, 22-Oct-02 8:02
    memberthanh200222-Oct-02 8:02 
    GeneralRe: Hover Button problem Pin
    ac sakura, 7-Jul-06 3:04
    memberac sakura7-Jul-06 3:04 
    Generalinformation Pin
    kashif gulzar, 23-Dec-01 10:34
    memberkashif gulzar23-Dec-01 10:34 
    GeneralProblem with CHoverButton::LoadBitmap in Netscape Plugin (DLL) Pin
    Anonymous, 5-Nov-01 18:21
    memberAnonymous5-Nov-01 18:21 
    GeneralRe: Problem with CHoverButton::LoadBitmap in Netscape Plugin (DLL) Pin
    Happy Bob, 16-Nov-01 10:49
    memberHappy Bob16-Nov-01 10:49 
    GeneralRe: Problem with CHoverButton::LoadBitmap in Netscape Plugin (DLL) Pin
    Anonymous, 10-Oct-02 4:54
    sussAnonymous10-Oct-02 4:54 
    Generalflicker Pin
    Will, 12-Jul-01 12:27
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    GeneralRe: flicker Pin
    Jungsul Lee, 20-Aug-01 4:04
    memberJungsul Lee20-Aug-01 4:04 
    GeneralRe: flicker Pin
    seikou, 13-Aug-04 0:38
    memberseikou13-Aug-04 0:38 
    GeneralHoverButton on FormView Pin
    Tim Matthews, 15-Jun-01 6:15
    memberTim Matthews15-Jun-01 6:15 
    GeneralHover Button Pin
    Anonymous, 31-May-01 13:30
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    GeneralRe: Hover Button Pin
    Mohammadj, 20-Mar-09 6:57
    memberMohammadj20-Mar-09 6:57 
    Generalhover button Pin
    Anonymous, 26-May-01 6:44
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    GeneralRe: hover button Pin
    Philippe Lhoste, 22-Oct-01 3:36
    memberPhilippe Lhoste22-Oct-01 3:36 
    GeneralPossible Bug. Pin
    Julien, 9-May-01 15:57
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    GeneralRe: Possible Bug. Pin
    Earl Rex Arao-arao, 10-May-01 23:10
    memberEarl Rex Arao-arao10-May-01 23:10 
    Generalhelp Pin
    zhang, 3-Apr-01 22:03
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    GeneralRe: help Pin
    Anonymous, 3-Apr-01 22:57
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    GeneralRe: help Pin
    Earl Rex Arao-arao, 10-May-01 23:37
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    GeneralWindows 95 Pin
    Michael Groeger, 13-Dec-00 4:47
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    GeneralRe: Windows 95 Pin
    Anonymous, 19-Dec-00 3:53
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    GeneralRe: Windows 95 Pin
    Philippe Lhoste, 22-Oct-01 3:22
    memberPhilippe Lhoste22-Oct-01 3:22 
    GeneralBack ground Color of the button. Pin
    Neha, 1-Dec-00 22:39
    memberNeha1-Dec-00 22:39 
    GeneralRe: Back ground Color of the button. Pin
    Anonymous, 30-May-01 8:45
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    GeneralRe: Back ground Color of the button. Pin
    Philippe Lhoste, 22-Oct-01 3:27
    memberPhilippe Lhoste22-Oct-01 3:27 
    GeneralSeems pretty good. Pin
    D. Adams, 16-Oct-00 14:37
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