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CButton with icon

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A small class to create a button with an icon on it

Sample Image - iconbutton.jpg


The idea was to have a small piece of code which makes it easy to create a button with an icon on it. I saw a lot of great code, but it was not exactly what I want. So I decided to create my own CIconButton-class. This class makes it easy to set an icon on a button.

  1. Simply add a button to your dialog.
  2. Set the button style "ownerdraw", otherwise the code doesn't work.
  3. Then generate a member variable with the class-wizard.
  4. Change the class name from CButton to CIconButton (make sure you have include the "iconbutton.h" file and add the "iconbutton.cpp" file to your project)
  5. Create an icon in the resource manager.
  6. Set the icon to the button, set the font, the font size, etc

Last version

It´s possible to give the button a tool tip text. You can do this by calling the function SetTipText ( "tooltip-text" );

For more details look in the demo-project


void SetIconID ( const UINT nID )	
void SetTextColor ( const COLORREF color )	
void SetItalic ( bool bVal = true )
void SetUnderline ( bool bVal = true )	
void SetStrikeOut ( bool bVal = true )	
void SetFaceName ( const CString &sVal )
void SetWeight ( const int nVal )	
void SetHeight ( const int nVal)
void SetWidth ( const int nVal)	
void SetIconSize ( const int x, const int y )	
void SetIconRight ( bool bVal = true ) 
void SetTipText ( const CString &sTxt )  new

void Disable ( void );
void Enable ( void );


I think this is the last enhancement, otherwise the "small piece of code" is going to get a big hunk ;-))


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About the Author

Alexander Kloep
Software Developer
Germany Germany
Working as software engineer since 2001. I started with c, c++ came up to c# and wpf today.

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QuestionAbout Font Pin
NANA@12319-Mar-13 0:44
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QuestionAwsome Work Pin
AhmedShinwari5-Feb-13 17:06
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QuestionCompile with VS2010 Pin
merano24-Oct-11 11:15
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AnswerRe: Compile with VS2010 Pin
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AnswerRe: Compile with VS2010 Pin
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GeneralThanks Pin
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QuestionCan I use this code in commercial program Pin
hp15619-Sep-09 17:57
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AnswerRe: Can I use this code in commercial program [modified] Pin
Alexander Kloep20-Sep-09 5:42
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GeneralThanks Pin
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GeneralRe: Thanks Pin
Alexander Kloep26-Oct-08 22:23
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GeneralChanging ToolTips Pin
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GeneralRe: Changing ToolTips Pin
Alexander Kloep11-Jun-06 21:44
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GeneralNice one Pin
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Questionhow to make colorful button such as red ,blue not gray Pin
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GeneralQ Pin
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GeneralNice, but click speed is poor Pin
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GeneralSize of class Pin
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QuestionHasn't this been done before? Pin
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GeneralRe: Hasn't this been done before? Pin
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Generalgood Pin
yary19-Dec-02 2:48
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GeneralNice butt i got a problem Pin
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