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Saving and restoring window appearance in WTL

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Simple, but useful classes to save/restore window appearance


Now you can use simple classes CWindowSettings, CReBarSettings, CSplitterSettings with your WTL projects to quickly save/restore window appearance (size, position). Settings are saved in registry. Additional properties saved for ReBar Control including bands sequence and position. So your window will appear next time when opened as user customized him.

How to use these classes in your WTL App

  1. Add two files RegSettings.h and RegSettings.cpp to your project.
  2. Add the header file RegSettings.h to the Frame or Window source code that will be using the classes.
  3. Load window settings from registry by adding the following code to the method that shows the window (the global Run function for a main frame):

    CWindowSettings ws;
    if(ws.Load("Software\\WTLApps\\DemoApp", "MainFrame"))
       ws.ApplyTo(wndMain, nCmdShow);
  4. Load rebar settings from registry by adding the following code to the OnCreate method of the frame class:

    CReBarSettings rs;
    CReBarCtrl rbc = m_hWndToolBar;
    if(rs.Load("Software\\WTLApps\\DemoApp", "ReBar"))
  5. Save window and rebar settings to registry by adding the following code to the OnDestroy method of the frame class:

    CWindowSettings ws;
    ws.Save("Software\\WTLApps\\DemoApp", "MainFrame");
    CReBarSettings rs;
    CReBarCtrl rbc = m_hWndToolBar;
    rs.Save("Software\\WTLApps\\DemoApp", "ReBar");

    Also you can save/restore splitter position using CSplitterSettings class


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Magomed Abdurakhmanov
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GeneralSmall adjustment to CreateEx when using splitter bars Pin
Jonathan Davies16-Mar-09 7:00
MemberJonathan Davies16-Mar-09 7:00 
GeneralRe: Small adjustment to CreateEx when using splitter bars Pin
Magomed Abdurakhmanov17-Mar-09 0:50
MemberMagomed Abdurakhmanov17-Mar-09 0:50 
GeneralRe: Small adjustment to CreateEx when using splitter bars Pin
Jonathan Davies17-Mar-09 3:48
MemberJonathan Davies17-Mar-09 3:48 
I suppose it says something about how long lasting WTL is as well.

One more small hint to be correct - and seeing as how it took me 3 hours to find it! My original message shows how the problem of a vertical splitter that has the CMainFrame for parent moving to the right when restoring position was solved. I thought the same fix would apply to a horizontal splitter (which has the vertical splitter for a parent). It didn't. Though there is a suggestion here [^] that it should.
The same source also suggested setting the frame's m_hwndClient and calling UpdateLayout as an alternative. This did work. So my code for creating and restoring position on a horizontal splitter that has a vertical splitter for a parent is now:

// Create the a horizontal splitter. Note that vSplit (a vertical splitter) is parent of hzSplit
CRect rcHorz;
m_vSplit.GetSplitterPaneRect(SPLIT_PANE_RIGHT, &rcHorz);
m_hzSplit.Create(m_vSplit.m_hWnd, rcHorz, NULL, WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_CLIPSIBLINGS | WS_CLIPCHILDREN);


// These two lines are essential to get the horizontal splitter in the correct position.
// See:
m_hWndClient = m_vSplit.m_hWnd;

// Restore the horizontal splitter position if it's saved in the registry
CSplitterSettings hSet;
if(hSet.Load(_T("Software\\Domain\\Aplication"), _T("HzSplit")))

Why is this needed? Calling UpdateLayout caused the client area to be recalculated allowing the height of a Rebar added to the main frame to be taken into account. Without this when the horizontal splitter internally makes a call to GetClientRect it returns the client area without allowing for the rebar. This then results in the splitter in the wrong position.
GeneralThis is really good Pin
beaverdown10-Mar-04 11:58
Memberbeaverdown10-Mar-04 11:58 
GeneralAnother suggestion Pin
yarp4-Jun-03 6:11
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QuestionHow about.. Pin
30-May-01 13:22
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AnswerRe: How about.. Pin
Magomed Abdurakhmanov30-May-01 23:32
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GeneralRe: How about.. Pin
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[James Pullicino]3-Jun-01 23:31
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GeneralSuggestions Pin
Maximilian Hänel30-May-01 8:56
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GeneralRe: Suggestions Pin
Magomed Abdurakhmanov30-May-01 23:38
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GeneralRe: Suggestions Pin
Philippe Mori31-May-01 5:08
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GeneralRe: Suggestions Pin
Magomed Abdurakhmanov1-Jun-01 6:56
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GeneralRe: Suggestions Pin
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