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Rollup Control

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A 3DSMax like Rollup control


I wanted the same graphic control that 3DSMax use in the pages 'create' and 'modify'. It is called a 'Rollup Window Control', which allows one to roll and unroll dialog boxes and to scroll them in the control's client area. The CRollupCtrl MFC class is the result. The class definition and implementation are in the files RollupCtrl.h and RollupCtrl.cpp, which are included in the demo project.


  • The control is derived from the CWnd class and can be created in any window. <!--
  • The insertion of a dialog box in the control is made by the intermediate of pages.
  • -->
  • Pages are composed of a title, visualized by a button and a template (the dialog box).
  • Pages can have several states. They can be rolled/unrolled but can also be active and inactive. To roll-unroll a page allows you to hide or show dialog box, respectively. To deactivate a page, lock the dialog box in the rolled state.
  • The control is resizable and can also scroll pages. To scroll pages you can use the scrollbar or click inside an open dialog box and drag outside it to scroll the control.

Using the Control

To use this control in your application, add the RollupCtrl.h and RollupCtrl.cpp files to your project. The creation of the control is made by calling the CRollupCtrl::Create(...) method. There are two ways to insert a page.

  1. RUNTIME_CLASS method

    Create a dialog box in the resource editor 'ex. IDD_PAGE1' with the WS_CHILD style. Generate the declaration and implementation files class (ex. CPage1Dlg) of your dialog box with the assistance of the MFC Classwizard. Then add DECLARE_DYNCREATE(CPage1Dlg) in the declaration of the class and IMPLEMENT_DYNCREATE(CPage1Dlg, CDialog) in the implementation.

    Then insert the page in this way pwndRollupCtrl->InsertPage("Caption", IDD_PAGE1, RUNTIME_CLASS(CPage1Dlg) );

  2. CDialog::Create method

    As RUNTIME_CLASS method, create a dialog box in the resource editor. Generate the declaration and implementation files class of your dialog box. Then create the dialog box like this

    CPage1Dlg* pwndPage1 = new CPage1Dlg;<BR>pwndPage1->Create(MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDD_PAGE1), pwndRollupCtrl);

    and insert the page as follows

    pwndRollupCtrl->InsertPage("Caption", pwndPage1 );

This code has been tested only on W2K. If you have any other suggested improvements, please let me know for the next release.

User Methods


BOOL     Create(DWORD dwStyle, const RECT& rect, CWnd* pParentWnd, UINT nID);
int      InsertPage(const char* caption, CDialog* pwndTemplate,
                   BOOL bAutoDestroyTpl=TRUE, int idx=-1);
int      InsertPage(const char* caption, UINT nIDTemplate, int idx=-1);
int      InsertPage(const char* caption, UINT nIDTemplate, 
                   CRuntimeClass* rtc, int idx=-1);
void     RemovePage(int idx);
void     RemoveAllPages();
void     ExpandPage(int idx, BOOL bExpand=TRUE);    
void     ExpandAllPages(BOOL bExpand=TRUE);
void     EnablePage(int idx, BOOL bEnable=TRUE);
void     EnableAllPages(BOOL bEnable=TRUE);
RC_PAGEINFO* CRollupCtrl::GetPageInfo(int idx); 


void     ScrollToPage(int idx, BOOL bAtTheTop=TRUE);
int     MovePageAt(int idx, int newidx);
BOOL     IsPageExpanded(int idx);
BOOL     IsPageEnabled(int idx);
int     GetPagesCount();


BOOL     IsAutoColumnsEnabled();
void     EnableAutoColumns(BOOL bEnable=TRUE);
BOOL     SetColumnWidth(int nWidth);
BOOL     SetPageCaption(int idx, LPCSTR caption); 


  • v1.0
    31/03/01: Created
  • v1.01
    13/04/01: Added ScrollToPage method
    Added automatic page visibility to ExpandPage method
    Added Mousewheel support
    15/04/01: Added mouse capture checking on WM_MOUSEMOVE dialog msg
    Added SetCursor on Dialog WM_SETCURSOR
    Added MovePageAt method
    17/04/01: Fixed Group Boxes displayed over Buttons
    20/04/01: Added IsPageExpanded and IsPageExpanded methods
    Added PopupMenu
    Added Button subclassing (now button's focus not drawn)
  • v1.02
    10/06/02: Added pages dividing up into columns
    17/06/02: Added SetPageCaption method
    19/11/02: Fixed _RemovePage method
    29/10/03: Background color for AfxRegisterWndClass


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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
calmman.yang29-Feb-12 0:31
membercalmman.yang29-Feb-12 0:31 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
lwonc29-Dec-11 17:12
memberlwonc29-Dec-11 17:12 
QuestionIntegrated with "Rollup Control" with "Simple Tab Control For Visual C++" possible? Pin
akira3214-Jan-09 8:20
memberakira3214-Jan-09 8:20 
GeneralA Very Good Tool Pin
Chandrasekharanp15-Sep-08 2:04
memberChandrasekharanp15-Sep-08 2:04 
GeneralHelp please - incorporating Rollup into a Dialog Based MFC Application Pin
RobbieGregg3-Sep-08 23:57
memberRobbieGregg3-Sep-08 23:57 
GeneralDinamical adding a new button or edit box Pin
Member 414549316-Apr-08 7:14
memberMember 414549316-Apr-08 7:14 
This control is very good. I'm want ask you: i want dinamically add new control (as button or edit box, static text) on the page. how i may do it?

For example: i have dialog(rollupCtrl). I don't know before run programm how much this dialog will have button or edit box. My programm must add new control in any page ,if user want add edit box etc...


Thank you.
GeneralMDI application and RollUp Pin
Laursl20-Nov-07 0:20
memberLaursl20-Nov-07 0:20 
GeneralRe: MDI application and RollUp Pin
Laursl20-Nov-07 3:36
memberLaursl20-Nov-07 3:36 
Generalso great Pin
dazedase17-Aug-07 18:41
memberdazedase17-Aug-07 18:41 
GeneralInsert &quot;Rollup Controls&quot; into Tabs Pin
saviorman19-Oct-05 16:06
membersaviorman19-Oct-05 16:06 
GeneralFeature Request Pin
Bob McCown15-Oct-04 3:39
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QuestionC#/.Net/WinForms version? Pin
jeffb4218-Jun-04 16:56
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Generalcustom control flickers Pin
Isidor18-Jan-04 7:27
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QuestionHow to make a Dockable &quot;TabPan&quot; with this DialogBar just like 3DS MAX ? Pin
sgy2322-Dec-03 0:29
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QuestionCan someone forward the source code to me?? Thanks!! Pin
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AnswerRe: Can someone forward the source code to me?? Thanks!! Pin
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GeneralRe: Can someone forward the source code to me?? Thanks!! Pin
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GeneralRe: Can someone forward the source code to me?? Thanks!! Pin
univega_r3045-Dec-03 5:34
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GeneralAnother fix to _RemovePage method Pin
Zaffari2-Dec-03 9:07
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QuestionSource 404? Pin
Ravi Bhavnani25-Nov-03 7:04
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GeneralPatented Pin
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GeneralRe: Patented Pin
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GeneralRe: Patented Pin
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GeneralRe: Patented Pin
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Generaldrag page to reposition Pin
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