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Posted 16 Jan 2000

Insert your Logo between caption bar and menu bar

, 16 Jan 2000
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Give your apps a unique look by adding a logo to your menu.


The Real-Player program inserts its logo between the caption bar and menu bar. If you ever wanted to do this, then just follow me. :)

  1. Create a dialog based project ( need not care whether SDI or MDI )

    Project name : Fake Real Player.

  2. Insert your Logo bitmap file in your project.

    Logo name : IDB_LOGO

  3. To make room for drawing your logo, insert a temporary menu item in your default menu resource like 'menu for Image' at the first position.

    resource ID : IDM_IMAGE, no popup menu)

  4. Enlarge your IDM_IMAGE menu width to make room for logo in the OnMeasureItem() method:
    void CFakeRealDlg::OnMeasureItem(int nIDCtl, 
           LPMEASUREITEMSTRUCT lpMeasureItemStruct) 
        if (lpMeasureItemStruct->CtlType == ODT_MENU)
            if (lpMeasureItemStruct->itemID == IDM_IMAGE)
                lpMeasureItemStruct->itemWidth = 
                                  m_rectLogo.Width() + 5;
  5. Load your Logo bitmap file in your OnInitDialog() method.
    m_hBmp = (HBITMAP)LoadImage(AfxGetInstanceHandle(), 
               0, 0, LR_CREATEDIBSECTION);
    BITMAP bm;
    GetObject(m_hBmp, sizeof(bm), &bm);    
    m_rectLogo.left = 15;
    m_rectLogo.right = 15 + bm.bmWidth; = 2 ;
    m_rectLogo.bottom = 2 + bm.bmHeight;
  6. Make a DrawLogo() method to paint your Logo Bitmap.
    void CFakeRealDlg::DrawLogo()
        CDC* pdc= GetWindowDC();
        CDC memdc;    
        pdc->BitBlt(15, 2, 
            &memdc, 0, 0, SRCCOPY);    
  7. Override your OnInitMenu() method and OnSystemMenu() to protect Window draw line between the caption bar and the menu bar.
    void CFakeRealDlg::OnInitMenu(CMenu* pMenu) 
        // Important!!    
    void CFakeRealDlg::OnSysCommand(UINT nID, 
                                 LPARAM lParam)
        if ((nID & 0xFFF0) == IDM_ABOUTBOX)
            CAboutDlg dlgAbout;
            // Important!!!
            CDialog::OnSysCommand(nID, lParam);
  8. Override your OnNcPaint() to paint your Logo whenever FakeReal is shown.
    void CRealDlg::OnNcPaint() 
        // Default is equal 
        // 'CDialog::OnNcPaint()' .. :)
        // Important!!!

Steps 1~8 show you what you must do, but you may want to perfect this sample. For example, you may want to add an owner-draw caption to hide the system icon. If you upgrade this sample, I'll be very happy. Have a nice day!!!

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Woo Seok Seo have been a Microsoft MVP for 7 years and have translated several books into Korean. Author of C# Programming for Beginner (DevPress, 2001), he is interested in Debugging techniques and .NET technology. Get in touch with Woo Seok Seo at

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GeneralDC not Delete In DrawLogo() Pin
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GeneralPut the icon in a different place Pin
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Generalthe line between titlebar and menubar in SDI after modifying SysMenu Pin
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GeneralGreat, but... Pin
Alan17-Jul-00 16:26
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Generalvery easy, make it on SDI and MDI project!!! Pin
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GeneralThanks.. Pin
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GeneralRe: very easy, make it on SDI and MDI project!!! Pin
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GeneralI have succeeded to make this work on a SDI Project Pin
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GeneralRe: I have succeeded to make this work on a SDI Project Pin
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GeneralRe: I have succeeded to make this work on a SDI Project Pin
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QuestionI can't get the project to work for an SDI application? Pin
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