Hi folks. With this article, I will try to put together all the necessary information that is required for getting started with the toolbars.
There are many articles written on this topic. However, I am trying to put together the useful information from various sources.
Coming to the point, my first suggestion is:
If you want to use a toolbar, don't go for a dialog box. But for the applications that are already developed with dialog box and then need a toolbar to be added, this article is useful.
I am using VS 2003, but I don't think the steps will change a lot in other VS versions.
Let's start it from scratch. Step by Step.
- Right click on Solution Explorer -> Add -> Resource -> Tool Bar -> New. This will open into Tool Bar Editor.
- You can Create/Paint Buttons here. Make sure you change the default Ids of these buttons to some proper usable ids. (Use Property Explorer for this.) This will create a .bmp image in resources. (Let's say, the Tool Bar is
TDR_TOOLBAR1 and the two buttons are
- Now go to the .h for dialog (You can add a class to a dialog) on which the toolbar needs to be placed. Declare a
- Now on the .cpp file of the dialog, in
OnInitDialog() event, add following code (you can add
OnInitDialog event directly by declaring it in the .h file added and using it in .cpp file):
if(!m_FirstToolBar.CreateEx(this, TBSTYLE_FLAT, WS_CHILD |
WS_VISIBLE | CBRS_TOP | CBRS_GRIPPER | CBRS_TOOLTIPS |
CBRS_FLYBY | CBRS_SIZE_DYNAMIC) ||
- Here you can see the various attributes that can be set for the toolbar in
TBSTYLE_FLAT for flat look of toolbar buttons.
LoadToolBar(...), the Resource created for the toolbar is used. This maps our toolbar object
m_FirstToolBar with resource
RepositionBars() is used to place the toolbar on the dialog.
MoveWindow() can be used to place the toolbar at the desired position.
m_FirstToolBar.MoveWindow( 50, 0,100, 100, 1 );
Now if you have finalized the place where you want to place the tool bar, you can put it there using
MoveWindow(...). My suggestion is to put a label in the design of dialog at the place where you want to put your toolbar. Then at run time, get the position of this label and place the toolbar there using
If you want to place this toolbar on the Top Left and dynamically move all the controls accordingly and increase the dialog dimensions, refer to Tips for dialog based applications.
- This is how the buttons of Tool Bar can be made visible/invisible:
Notice that we have used the
IDC_TBUTTON1 which we declared at the time of creating toolbar resource in Step 2.
- Similarly, the following can be used to disable the button:
- To handle Click events:
- Add following line to
- Write the desired code in the .cpp file:
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That's it friends. This is all I have to share with you for now on this topic. Suggestions/comments are most welcome.