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Static text to display long filenames with ellipses

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15 Jan 2000CPOL
Lightweight class for displaying long filespecs that may need to be truncated
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  • Sample Image - cstatic_filespec.gif

    The CStaticFilespec control is a lightweight class suitable for displaying long filespecs that may need to be truncated or compressed, in order to fit the size of the display. The image presents an example of what the control looks like when used in a dialog box.

    By default, CStaticFilespec supports 2 drawing styles: DT_END_ELLIPSIS and DT_PATH_ELLIPSIS. The former displays a truncated filespec with trailing ellipses while the latter adds embedded ellipses to a compressed filespec.

    Using CStaticFilespec in a dialog is quite simple:

    Include CStaticFilespec.h in your dialog class' header file.

    Add member variables of type CStaticFilespec for every static text control you want to subclass.

    Subclass the static text controls in your dialog's OnInitDialog() method and set the controls' style.

      m_wndStaticFileEnd.SubclassDlgItem (IDC_FILE_END, this);<br>
      m_wndStaticFilePath.SubclassDlgItem (IDC_FILE_PATH, this);<br>
      m_wndStaticFilePath.SetPath (TRUE);

    You can also use any other DT_ drawing style you like. For example, to draw right justified text that is vertically centered and has trailing ellipses, do:

      m_wndStaticText.SubclassDlgItem (IDC_STATIC_TEXT, this);
      m_wndStaticText.SetFormat (DT_RIGHT | DT_VCENTER);
      m_wndStaticText.SetWindowText ("d:\\There\\Is\\Always\\One\\More\\Bug.cpp");


    This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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    Ravi Bhavnani
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    Ravi Bhavnani is an ardent fan of Microsoft technologies who loves building Windows apps, especially PIMs, system utilities, and things that go bump on the Internet. During his career, Ravi has developed expert systems, desktop imaging apps, marketing automation software, EDA tools, a platform to help people find, analyze and understand information, trading software for institutional investors and advanced data visualization solutions. He currently works for a company that provides enterprise workforce management solutions to large clients.

    His interests include the .NET framework, reasoning systems, financial analysis and algorithmic trading, NLP, HCI and UI design. Ravi holds a BS in Physics and Math and an MS in Computer Science and was a Microsoft MVP (C++ and C# in 2006 and 2007). He is also the co-inventor of 3 patents on software security and generating data visualization dashboards. His claim to fame is that he crafted CodeProject's "joke" forum post icon.

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    Comments and Discussions

    GeneralRe: I can't get this up a running my way... Pin
    Ravi Bhavnani6-Jul-00 11:26
    professionalRavi Bhavnani6-Jul-00 11:26 
    GeneralRe: I can't get this up a running my way... Pin
    webguy7-Jul-00 16:51
    Memberwebguy7-Jul-00 16:51 
    GeneralThere is an api function Pin
    Håkan16-Feb-00 3:21
    MemberHåkan16-Feb-00 3:21 
    GeneralHe used an existing function Pin
    Brad Bruce17-Jan-00 7:53
    MemberBrad Bruce17-Jan-00 7:53 
    QuestionWhy not just a simple Format-Function? Pin
    Thomas Muntz17-Jan-00 3:54
    MemberThomas Muntz17-Jan-00 3:54 

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