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Posted 21 May 2003

An MS Outlook-style mini-calendar control using WTL

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An MS Outlook-style mini-calendar control using WTL

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This article explains an MS Outlook-style mini-calendar control using WTL.

This began as a port of Matt Gullett's MS Outlook-style miniature calendar control written for MFC. There are still some features remaining to be added to it, but it serves as a reasonable starting point for anyone needing this functionality in a WTL application.


  • Display months in n-columns by m-rows
  • Single-date or date-range selection (including SHIFT-extended selection)
  • Different fonts for: header, day initials, and day numbers
  • Auto-repeat on scroll arrows
  • Auto-scroll when previous/following months' days are selected
  • Callback (via WM_NOTIFY) for highlighting 'special days'
  • Month-year selection from header popup (with drop shadow under XP)

Optional display styles include:

  • 3D border
  • Today's date highlighted
  • Previous/following months' days displayed with the months' days
  • Week can start on any day of the week


This control was developed using VC++ .NET, WTL 7, and the Feb 2003 Platform SDK. It has been tested under Windows XP only.


  • 22 May 2003
    • Initial release
  • 6 June 2003
    • Added month/year selection popup
    • Added 'special date' highlighting
  • Soon...?
    • Buttons (optional) for selecting today's date, and for clearing the selection
    • Provide internationalisation support
    • Make it an ActiveX component



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Tony Ioanides
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GeneralUse this C++ in VB project Pin
Blackboss9-May-06 1:43
memberBlackboss9-May-06 1:43 
Generalcompile error Pin
humbird27-Jun-05 0:06
memberhumbird27-Jun-05 0:06 
GeneralBug in SetRange(...) Pin
vschoech4-Jul-04 23:48
membervschoech4-Jul-04 23:48 
GeneralRe: Bug in SetRange(...) Pin
Tony Ioanides5-Jul-04 11:58
memberTony Ioanides5-Jul-04 11:58 
GeneralRe: Bug in SetRange(...) Pin
vschoech5-Jul-04 22:40
membervschoech5-Jul-04 22:40 
GeneralForcing NotifyGetSpecialDays() Pin
vschoech13-Jan-04 0:31
membervschoech13-Jan-04 0:31 
GeneralRe: Forcing NotifyGetSpecialDays() Pin
Tony Ioanides14-Jan-04 21:54
memberTony Ioanides14-Jan-04 21:54 
QuestionBug ResetRange()/NotifySelChanged()? Pin
vschoech13-Jan-04 0:23
membervschoech13-Jan-04 0:23 
AnswerRe: Bug ResetRange()/NotifySelChanged()? Pin
Tony Ioanides14-Jan-04 22:21
memberTony Ioanides14-Jan-04 22:21 
GeneralRe: Bug ResetRange()/NotifySelChanged()? Pin
vschoech14-Jan-04 23:07
membervschoech14-Jan-04 23:07 
Tony, it is nice to see that you are still interested in your own code. Smile | :)

While you are at it, preparing an update: I have another question/suggestion regarding CMiniCalendarCtrl::ResetRange(). What is the intended semantics of this method? From the name I would infer that a call to ResetRange actually resets the Ctrl to its pre-user-interaction state. But this is not the case, even after calling ResetRange() there is still a selection visible in the Ctrl.

To achieve clearance of the entire selection, I extended the method as follows:
<pre>BOOL<br />
CMiniCalendarCtrl::ResetRange()<br />
{<br />
	if (m_dtAnchor.GetStatus() == COleDateTime::valid)<br />
	{<br />
		m_dtAnchor.SetStatus(COleDateTime::invalid);<br />
		m_dtSelect.SetStatus(COleDateTime::invalid);<br />
		NotifySelChanged();<br />
<br />
		Invalidate();<br />
		return TRUE;<br />
	}<br />
	<br />
	m_dtAnchor.SetStatus(COleDateTime::invalid);<br />
	m_dtSelect.SetStatus(COleDateTime::invalid);<br />
	return FALSE;<br />

If this is not what ResetRange() was meant to do, then what is it? ResetRange() is called twice from inside your own code, in CMiniCalendarCtrl::OnLButtonDown(UINT nFlags, CPoint point) and in CMiniCalendarCtrl::ApplyStyle(DWORD dwStyle). I'm not sure if my changes are consistent with your use of the method in these places. Some quick testing suggests that they are.

Moreover, I added another public method that allows to prepare the range with some default selection before the user is displayed the Ctrl (or even change selection on the fly):

<pre>void<br />
CMiniCalendarCtrl::SetRange(const COleDateTime& dateAnchor, const COleDateTime& dateSelect)<br />
{<br />
	ATLASSERT( dateAnchor.GetStatus()==COleDateTime::valid );	<br />
	ATLASSERT( dateSelect.GetStatus()==COleDateTime::valid );	<br />
	m_dtAnchor = dateAnchor;<br />
	m_dtSelect = dateSelect;<br />
	NotifySelChanged();<br />
	Invalidate();<br />

Just for review or as a suggestion...
Thanks a lot!
GeneralGood work. Pin
Matt Gullett6-Jun-03 23:51
memberMatt Gullett6-Jun-03 23:51 
GeneralWow this is just what I have been doing the last few weeks! Pin
Angus Comber4-Jun-03 12:43
memberAngus Comber4-Jun-03 12:43 
General10 Pin
Hans J. Schroeder26-May-03 10:41
memberHans J. Schroeder26-May-03 10:41 
GeneralNICE Pin
SledgeHammer21-May-03 22:44
memberSledgeHammer21-May-03 22:44 

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