Click here to Skip to main content
14,299,664 members

Toolbar Within Splitter Windows

Rate this:
3.00 (13 votes)
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
3.00 (13 votes)
4 Jan 2000
A simple method that allows a toolbar to be docked inside a splitter pane

Sample Image - toolbar_splitter.jpg


Has anyone ever wondered how to dock a toolbar inside a splitter pane? Normally, you cannot do that, but you can alter your splitter pane so that it will look just like you placed a toolbar on one of its sides. The trick is to create a two-pane splitter where your initial pane was; but not just any splitter, we will use our own, which does not allow resizing, and has different border settings. There is one additional view to create, and we will derive a class from CFormView since features provided by this class are closer to our goal.

The Code

First goes the custom splitter window:

// class definition
class CSmartSplitterWnd : public CSplitterWnd
    virtual ~CSmartSplitterWnd();
    intHitTest(CPoint pt)const;

// class implementation
    // put your own values here, to make the splitter fit your needs


BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP(CSmartSplitterWnd, CSplitterWnd)

intCSmartSplitterWnd::HitTest(CPoint pt)const
    // do not allow caller to see mouse hits
    return 0;

Next, we must create a simple CFormView using the resource editor and ClassWizard. You can add any controls to your form view, but you must keep in mind that handling the WM_SIZE message may help you improve the look of your view. There are several ways to update your buttons and other controls inside the view; you may need to implement one of them to update, enable or disable the controls.

The last step is to create the splitter itself and the views. The code below matches a SDI application that accommodates the code above inside a splitter pane, but you can easily adjust it to fit your needs.

First, add a member to the CMainFrame class of type CSmartSplitterWnd:

class CMainFrame: public CFrameWnd
    CSmartSplitterWnd m_barSplitter;

In the OnCreateClient member of the CMainFrame class, add code to create the splitter inside the right pane:

// create the splitter window
if (!m_barSplitter.CreateStatic(&m_parentSplitter, 2, 1, 
    m_parentSplitter.IdFromRowCol(1, 0))) return false;

// create the views
m_barSplitter.CreateView(0, 0, RUNTIME_CLASS(CBarView), CSize(0, 0), pContext);
m_barSplitter.CreateView(1, 0, RUNTIME_CLASS(CTheView), CSize(0, 0), pContext);
// then set heights

The code is quite easy to follow and change to meet your needs, but if you need assistance, contact me. Also please send me bugs or updates, to keep this solution up-to-date. For more details on the sample application, contact me.


This article has no explicit license attached to it, but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt, please contact the author via the discussion board below.

A list of licenses authors might use can be found here.


About the Author

Web Developer
Romania Romania
... coming in a short while

Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
xiaopanv88815-Jan-12 13:05
memberxiaopanv88815-Jan-12 13:05 
Generalwell done! Pin
jame-cxj6-Jul-05 19:36
memberjame-cxj6-Jul-05 19:36 
GeneralWell done !!! Pin
irmo_ebel27-May-04 22:18
memberirmo_ebel27-May-04 22:18 
Generalgood one Pin
vikas amin12-Sep-05 23:01
membervikas amin12-Sep-05 23:01 
QuestionBut ,can not drag it? Pin
yesong6-Jan-03 21:12
memberyesong6-Jan-03 21:12 
GeneralGreat! Worked out of the box. Pin
jhwurmbach14-Oct-02 0:11
memberjhwurmbach14-Oct-02 0:11 
GeneralNo demo Pin
centuryithero8-Jul-02 16:06
membercenturyithero8-Jul-02 16:06 
Generalno resource here! Pin
30-May-02 15:07
suss30-May-02 15:07 
Generalme too.. Pin
dazinith9-Apr-02 4:38
memberdazinith9-Apr-02 4:38 
QuestionHowto prevent scrollbars? Pin
26-Mar-02 8:11
suss26-Mar-02 8:11 
GeneralI'm confused... Pin
13-Nov-01 19:39
suss13-Nov-01 19:39 
GeneralWell done! :-) Pin
Leithian22-Sep-01 10:31
memberLeithian22-Sep-01 10:31 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Praise Praise    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

Posted 4 Jan 2000


36 bookmarked