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Posted 15 Dec 1999

Using Hot Toolbar Buttons

, 15 Dec 1999
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Demonstrates how to add rollover buttons to your toolbar
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  • Sample Image - toolbar_hotbuttons.gif

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    If you wanted to add hot toolbar buttons like the ones seen in internet explorer, it is pretty straight forward. This approach for will work for both Visual C++ 5 and 6, however you may want to read up on the enhancements to the toolbar class for VC 6.0.

    After your toolbar has been created in CMainFrame::OnCreate(), you will need to add the following code, this is assuming that you have two bitmap resources already created IDB_TOOLBAR_COLD for normal, and IDB_TOOLBAR_HOT for hot buttons:

    // Set up hot bar image lists.
    CImageList imageList;
    CBitmap    bitmap;
    // Create and set the normal toolbar image list.
    imageList.Create(21, 20, ILC_COLORDDB|ILC_MASK, 13, 1);
    imageList.Add(&bitmap, RGB(255,0,255));
    m_hotToolBar.SendMessage(TB_SETIMAGELIST, 0, (LPARAM)imageList.m_hImageList);
    // Create and set the hot toolbar image list.
    imageList.Create(21, 20, ILC_COLORDDB|ILC_MASK, 13, 1);
    imageList.Add(&bitmap, RGB(255,0,255));
    m_hotToolBar.SendMessage(TB_SETHOTIMAGELIST, 0, (LPARAM)imageList.m_hImageList);

    The send message portion of the code has been wrapped into a CToolBarCtrl() function call for Visual C++ 6. If you will notice, I have used 24 bit color images with the toolbar shown here, so you are not limited to just 16 colors.


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    Kirk Stowell
    CEO Codejock Technologies, LLC
    United States United States
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    Comments and Discussions

    QuestionHow to Dock the Hot Toolbar with the Main Toolbar Pin
    vikrant kpr11-May-07 10:01
    membervikrant kpr11-May-07 10:01 
    GeneralExcellent Pin
    NeilDevlin5-Feb-05 5:54
    memberNeilDevlin5-Feb-05 5:54 
    GeneralRe: Excellent Pin
    Alex Gibbs20-Mar-05 11:14
    memberAlex Gibbs20-Mar-05 11:14 
    Generalvera neat ! Pin
    Li Zhaoming26-Nov-02 1:55
    memberLi Zhaoming26-Nov-02 1:55 
    Generalvera good ! Pin
    Chris maunder and nish19-May-02 2:46
    memberChris maunder and nish19-May-02 2:46 
    GeneralHelp me Pin
    sreenivasulu2-Jan-01 9:22
    membersreenivasulu2-Jan-01 9:22 
    GeneralLittle bug Pin
    Serrand23-Nov-00 23:52
    memberSerrand23-Nov-00 23:52 
    GeneralGreat stuff - and here is the Disabled flag Pin
    Mark Grieve15-Mar-00 17:27
    sussMark Grieve15-Mar-00 17:27 
    GeneralIt is vera poor!!!! Pin
    Tippler11-Mar-00 7:30
    sussTippler11-Mar-00 7:30 
    GeneralRe: It is vera poor!!!! Pin
    Code Police18-Jun-00 19:51
    sussCode Police18-Jun-00 19:51 
    What is “vera” poor (besides spelling) the article or the MFCIE example?

    If you did your homework, you would have noticed that the example is geared toward the beginner, and demonstrates creating an image list and using the ILC_ flags to enable higher color display, whereas the IE example does not. It is a simple example that demonstrates setting a toolbars normal and hot image lists.

    I believe the spirit of the article was good, and one should not be as critical of those who are trying to offer support to other developers.

    Code Police
    GeneralRe: It is vera poor!!!! Pin
    PhartPhace5-Sep-00 20:16
    sussPhartPhace5-Sep-00 20:16 
    GeneralRe: It is vera poor!!!! Pin
    Anonymous15-May-01 19:10
    memberAnonymous15-May-01 19:10 
    QuestionWhat about in 256 colour mode ? Pin
    Christian22-Jan-00 20:57
    sussChristian22-Jan-00 20:57 
    AnswerRe: What about in 256 colour mode ? Pin
    TMan19-Jul-00 10:49
    sussTMan19-Jul-00 10:49 
    GeneralRe: What about in 256 colour mode ? Pin
    DarkByte5-Sep-00 15:54
    sussDarkByte5-Sep-00 15:54 

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