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Painting of CToolbar's parent window (AfxControlBar).

, 27 Mar 2008 CPOL
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Background painting of CToolbar's parent window (AfxControlBar).


I was trying to paint the background color (paint entire window) of CToolbar. In that, I could paint only the toolbar window and not the entire area of the toolbar window which is "AfxControlBar" (CToolbar's parent window). Then I found the solution for painting the "AfxControBar", and I thought I should share the solution with you all.

Using the code

In your application, override OnNotify member function in your CMainFrame to handle the WM_NOTIFY message for painting the AfxControlBar.

In MainFrm.h file, declare the following member variable and member function:

class CMainFrame : public CMDIFrameWnd 
    CBrush m_BrushDocBar;
    BOOL OnNotify(WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam, LRESULT* pResult); 

In MainFrm.cpp, in constructor create a solid brush as follows,

    m_BrushDocBar.CreateSolidBrush(RGB(0, 255, 255));

In MainFrm.cpp, provide the definition of OnNotify()function as follows,

BOOL CMainFrame::OnNotify(WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam, LRESULT* pResult)
    LPNMHDR pnmh = (LPNMHDR) lParam; 
    if(pnmh->hwndFrom == m_wndToolBar.m_hWnd)
        CRect rect;
        CWnd* pWnd = m_wndToolBar.GetParent();
        TCHAR szClassName[200];
        GetClassName(pWnd->m_hWnd, szClassName, 200);
        CString strTemp = szClassName;
        if(strTemp.Find(_T("AfxControlBar")) >= 0)
            SetClassLong(pWnd->m_hWnd, GCL_HBRBACKGROUND, (LONG)m_BrushDocBar.GetSafeHandle());
    return CMDIFrameWnd::OnNotify(wParam, lParam, pResult);


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Paresh Chitte
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Comments and Discussions

Questionit didn't work when I rebuild the project in my computer with vs2008 Pinmembershangcangriluo20-Aug-13 17:23 
AnswerRe: it didn't work when I rebuild the project in my computer with vs2008 PinmemberParesh Chitte18-Sep-13 2:17 
Questionhow to limited drawing area?? Pinmemberchenyuntian5-Sep-09 6:15 
Generalpainting PinmemberShorzy5-Aug-09 5:22 
GeneralRe: painting PinmemberParesh Chitte5-Aug-09 19:44 
GeneralThanks a lot! PinmemberMember #408077812-Aug-08 17:45 
GeneralRe: Thanks a lot! PinmemberParesh Chitte12-Aug-08 19:32 
GeneralCorrect way to accomplish this Pinmemberadzm10-Apr-08 16:03 
GeneralRe: Correct way to accomplish this PinmemberParesh Chitte10-Apr-08 19:23 
GeneralSometimes you bring tears to my eyes PinmemberJim Crafton28-Mar-08 5:00 

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