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Posted 21 May 2003


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Toolbar with image background

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30 May 2003
Shows how to display a bitmap in a toolbar as background.

Sample Image - imagetoolbar.jpg


The proposed class is based on Daniel Godson's: Generating inactive/disabled images for toolbar. I have fixed some errors in the original code. But there are still some shortcomings left:

  1. the function to load bitmap from the file and display it is not implemented
  2. the size of buttons on the toolbar is 24×24, I haven't give an interface to change it.

Using the code

Just 2 places you need to edit for your own use.

First is,

int CMainFrame::OnCreate(LPCREATESTRUCT lpCreateStruct)
  if (CFrameWnd::OnCreate(lpCreateStruct) == -1)
    return -1;
  if (!m_wndToolBar.CreateEx(this, 
    TRACE0("Failed to create toolbar\n");
    return -1;      // fail to create
  int *num,i,j=m_wndToolBar.GetToolBarCtrl().GetButtonCount();
  num=new int[j+1];
  num[0]=j;//button numbers,include the separators.
     if(ID_SEPARATOR == m_wndToolBar.GetItemID( i ))
  }//get the button represent the 
  //separators.the info is used to calc 
  //the position of the buttons.

    RGB(255, 0, 255),num); //the first Parameter 
    //specify the resource id of button bitmap , 
    //second is the backgroud color of  the toolbar.
  if (!m_wndStatusBar.Create(this) ||
    TRACE0("Failed to create status bar\n");
    return -1;      // fail to create
  // TODO: Delete these three lines if
  // you don't want the toolbar to
  //  be dockable
  delete []num;
  return 0;

Second is, change the background bitmap here, by resource ID. So you must add the bitmap to your workplace first.

void CMainFrame::OnChangebk() 
  // TODO: Add your command handler code here
           RGB(255, 0, 255) , IDB_BITMAP1);
    m_wndToolBar.UpdateBk(IDR_MAINFRAME_24 ,
       RGB(255, 0, 255) , IDB_BITMAP2);


  • Thanks for xxxyyyzzz's translation!
  • Thanks for DavidRipple's suggestion!


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Generalnot working in VS 2005 Pin
Member 423561322-Nov-09 23:38
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QuestionWhy this program only support multi-byte character set? Pin
benjamin_tang27-Sep-08 20:56
Memberbenjamin_tang27-Sep-08 20:56 
Generalif use this in rebar , the bitmap can extend to rightmost Pin
Cryingwind19-Dec-04 19:49
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GeneralDamn!!! Pin
Schniddel14-Sep-04 8:38
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Generalmemory leak!!!!!!! Pin
huangashen20-Jul-04 16:13
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Generaldo as the following , ok! Pin
ccart77720-Aug-04 16:27
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GeneralRe: do as the following , ok! Pin
yaodebo25-Jan-07 3:04
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GeneralRe: WRONG Pin
yaodebo25-Jan-07 16:07
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Generalvery nice Pin
krskumar26-Sep-03 3:14
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Generalhoe to very nice... but how ! incorporate in dialog base application Pin
Rajesh match24-Sep-03 2:26
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GeneralWorking under Windows XP Pin
nilaysoft28-May-03 0:33
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GeneralRe: Working under Windows XP Pin
Cryingwind29-May-03 18:21
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GeneralBeautiful Pin
*love*24-May-03 18:56
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GeneralTHANKS VERY MUCH!! I had changed the project Pin
Cryingwind24-May-03 18:04
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GeneralInternational forum Pin
Simon.W23-May-03 1:24
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GeneralA suggestion to Chinese authors Pin
DavidRipple22-May-03 17:36
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GeneralRe: A suggestion to Chinese authors Pin
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GeneralRe: A suggestion to Chinese authors Pin
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GeneralRe: A suggestion to Chinese authors Pin
mace5-May-04 2:26
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GeneralLet me try to translate it, hehe Pin
TeleStar22-May-03 9:28
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Generalwtf Pin
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