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GuiToolkit MFC Extension

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A set of MFC GUI classes which allow you to build applications with the new Microsoft interface style
In this article, you will learn about GuiToolkit which is a complete set of classes based on MFC. It allows you to build applications with nice and sophisticated interfaces such as Visual Studio .NET, Office 2003, etc.

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GuiToolkit is a complete set of classes based on MFC, that allows you to build applications with nice and sophisticated interfaces such as Visual Studio .NET, Office 2003, etc. The primary target is to have a complete free library that can be used without restrictions and suitable to user or programmers needs. This class set includes file management, connection through ADO, up to complex user's interface classes.

Guitoolkit was developed based on Paul Dilascia’s classes (father of almost all of this kind of libraries), including features like a Menu System and a floating bar (Thanks Paul for let me “ruin” all its wonderful code, hope you understand that I did it with sincerely my best intention); about the NewMenu Class (written by Bruno Podetti). I used “Hook” system. As a principal fact, I have tried to focus on code simplicity, in the way that you could isolate a class to understand it. Don’t expect to find in this library complex classes embedded into other, or sophisticated programming techniques.

I’ve tried to respect and preserve original class names of different authors, so every class that doesn’t begin with “Gui”, wasn’t written by me. As you could see, I’m the author of the 9x% of this classes.

GuiToolkit Users Guide

The code is free to use, except code that is not written by me, anyways you cannot take total or partial control of this code. This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty, without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Take your time to understand the given examples, and how to use the classes. In any case, I appreciate that someone wants to document this library. This library has a few or a lot of troubles, I hope that you can understand and forgive these human failures, like: There’s no documentation available, and there’s not tech support and some bugs in Windows 98.

You can use this library as you want and to demonstrate good or bad programming techniques, for your commercial application, to play, for improve it and share with us changes and to make me feel that my job gave you a plus making free code, in other words you don’t have to ask anybody for permissions this code is FREE in the way you respect author’s rights that let me use their code; and if you want to give me some credits (your welcome!), or you could show me, tell me and give the personal satisfaction of watching your own GuiToolkit built apps! “I appreciate it a lot”.

You can criticize the code being respectful, insults can freely direct to me but exclude Paul Dilascia, Bruno Podetti and other authors that I mention in credits section; they’re not guilty about my creation.

New Features

  • OneNote ® Style MDI tabs
  • Office ® XP/2003 look
  • Auto hide dockable bars
  • Docking tab colors
  • Visual Studio .NET look
  • And all components that you already know!

If you want the latest changes, visit the library web page

Some Examples

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Office menu bar XP styles provided:

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You can dispose of almost all controls in a dialog box using the CGuiStaticStandar class and obtain an interface such as next image.

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What Comes Next?

Many things should be improved in the close future, errors, more controls, a text editor, to improve some classes, windows docking, autohidden functions, etc.


  • Thanks to Paul Dilascia VC++ MFC Guru, to allow using his class set for the menu management, thanks a lot I learned a huge things of his code.
  • Thanks to Bruno Podetti for your splendid menu class.
  • Thanks to David Yuheng Zhao for your VisualStylesXP class.
  • Thanks to Mohammad Ahmad Khaleel for your Cgradient class.


  • 31st July, 2002 - Updated source code
  • 20th August, 2002 - Updated source code
  • 10th January, 2003 - Updated source code
  • 18th August, 2004 - Updated source code


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.

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About the Author

My name is Francisco Campos, A developer as you.I have the title of Engineer of Systems of the Universidad Autonoma de Colombia.My real Job Information Security officer, experience in security assessment, applications, and other related subjects.

At the moment I live in Bogotá Colombia with my wife Zoraida and my three children Carolina, Andrés and Diego. /

Comments and Discussions

GeneralRe: Next release 1.5 !!!! Pin
GlennDeBacker8-Jun-04 1:15
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QuestionAny documentation? Pin
j99021-Feb-04 21:23
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GeneralLatest Version Pin
Robert M Greene12-Jan-04 3:30
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GeneralBug In Menu... Pin
mbenhad21-Nov-03 0:01
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GeneralRe: Bug In Menu... Pin
swandream27-Nov-03 4:28
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Generalit works... Pin
mbenhad1-Dec-03 2:17
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Generalvery good job !! Pin
troga15-Nov-03 5:00
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QuestionOffice 2003? Pin
mosquitooth9-Nov-03 0:16
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just one thing to mention: Would be great if you could implement the office 2003 style!!

AnswerRe: Office 2003? Pin
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QuestionGuiVisioDemoDoc.h ? Pin
krskumar29-Oct-03 19:30
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AnswerRe: GuiVisioDemoDoc.h ? Pin
nareshn225-Dec-03 19:06
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GeneralMenu related bugs Pin
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GeneralRe: Menu related bugs Pin
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GeneralRe: Menu related bugs Pin
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GeneralRe: Menu related bugs Pin
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QuestionHow to compile the lib into a static lib? Pin
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GeneralYou Are Great! Pin
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Generalbuild on vc 6 step by step Pin
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GeneralDEV 7 build Pin
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QuestionUnicode support ??? Pin
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AnswerRe: Unicode support ??? Pin
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GeneralOh my god!!! Pin
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