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Posted 13 May 2003

WTL Hybrid Edit Control that Combines Edit Control and Button Control

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A control that combines an edit control, and a browse button that brings up a file/folder browse dialog.
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Sometimes, when we need a user to select a file or folder or ODBC driver, we would have to create two controls, an edit control for entering the text, and a browse button that would bring up a dialog for actually choosing the file or folder or etc. So I thought why not combine the two controls into one. The CWtlEditBrowserCtrl class is the result. The class definition and implementation are in the files WtlEditBrowserCtrl.h and WtlEditBrowserCtrl.cpp which are included in the demo project.

Using the Control

To use this control in your application:

  1. Add the WtlEditBrowserCtrl.h and WtlEditBrowserCtrl.cpp files to your project.
  2. Design the dialog and add the Edit control
  3. Add the WtlEditBrowserCtrl.h header file to your project
  4. Assign a CWtlEditBrowserCtrl to your editbox.
  5. In OnInitDialog(), subclass CWtlEditBrowserCtrl control to ID using the SubclassWindow method.
#include <span class="code-string">"WtlEditBrowserCtrl.h"</span>


class CMainDlg : public CDialogImpl<CMainDlg>
       MESSAGE_HANDLER(WM_INITDIALOG, OnInitDialog)          
    LRESULT OnInitDialog(UINT /*uMsg*/, WPARAM /*wParam*/, 
        LPARAM /*lParam*/, BOOL& /*bHandled*/);
    CWtlEditBrowserCtrl m_Path;     


LRESULT CMainDlg::OnInitDialog(UINT /*uMsg*/, WPARAM /*wParam*/, 
      LPARAM /*lParam*/, BOOL& /*bHandled*/) 
     m_Path.SubclassWindow( ::GetDlgItem( m_hWnd, IDC_EDIT1 ) );     


You will require the WTL Libraries, these can be downloaded from the microsoft site.


I'd like to thank Pete Arends for his original controls :-

I'd also like to thank the others who have given feedback, made suggestions, and helped this become what it is today:

Contacting the Author

Ilya Solnyshkin, E-mail:, Web:


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralAdding theme support Pin
_oti20-Dec-05 12:01
member_oti20-Dec-05 12:01 
Hi Ilya,

Nice work. I've used it in a couple of projects now Smile | :)

I had a need to add theme support to the control, and did it like this:
void CWtlEditBrowserCtrl::DrawButton(int nButtonState)
{   // if the button is too small, do not draw it
  // ... skipped setup code ...

  CTheme theme;
  if (0 != theme.OpenThemeData(GetDesktopWindow(), L"Button"))
    DC.FillRect(DrawRect, GetSysColor(COLOR_WINDOW));
    DrawRect.InflateRect(1, 1);
    if (nButtonState == BTN_DOWN)
      theme.DrawThemeBackground(DC, BP_PUSHBUTTON, PBS_PRESSED, DrawRect);
      DrawDots(DC, GetSysColor(COLOR_BTNTEXT), 1);
    else if (nButtonState & BTN_DISABLED)
      theme.DrawThemeBackground(DC, BP_PUSHBUTTON, PBS_PRESSED, DrawRect);
      DrawDots(DC, GetSysColor(COLOR_3DHILIGHT), 1);
      DrawDots(DC, GetSysColor(COLOR_3DSHADOW));
      theme.DrawThemeBackground(DC, BP_PUSHBUTTON, PBS_NORMAL, DrawRect);
      DrawDots(DC, GetSysColor(COLOR_BTNTEXT));
    // use HS_DIAGCROSS pattern brush to test brush alignment
    // ... skipped regular button drawing code, which could
    // probably benefit from the use of DrawFrameControl ...

  // Blit the button image onto the screen
  // ... skipped blitting and cleanup code ...

You will need to #include <atltheme.h> at some point, and this requires _WIN32_WINNT >= 0x0501.

And that's about it.

Thanks again,

All things considered, you can't really consider all things ...
FatalError0x4c28-Dec-04 20:44
memberFatalError0x4c28-Dec-04 20:44 
GeneralNice work! Pin
Michael Hulthin31-Oct-03 0:38
memberMichael Hulthin31-Oct-03 0:38 
GeneralRe: Nice work! Pin
Patrick DellEra14-Nov-04 12:49
memberPatrick DellEra14-Nov-04 12:49 

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