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Posted 22 Sep 2003

Collapsible, resizable and dockable XP style control bar

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Collapsible, resizable and dockable XP style control bar


This class can be used to create a collapsible, resizable and dockable XP style control bar with very few lines of code.

The following files must be added to your project.

  • CollapsiblePanel.h
  • CollapsiblePanel.cpp


  • An empty dialog to define the initial control bar size.
  • A bitmap image for the logo of the button (if required).
  • A bitmap image for the expand icon of the button.
  • A dialog that will be displayed by the collapsible button.

Sample code

In your CMainFrame header file, define a variable of the type CCollapsiblePanel :

CCollapsiblePanel m_wndCollapsiblePanel;

In the CMainFrame::OnCreate() method, create the CDialog corresponding to the panels of the collapsible button :

CDialog* m_wndView1 = new CDialogButton1();

Set the Collapsible control bar (dockable, color and bitmaps.) :

m_wndCollapsiblePanel.CreateTheContainer(this, IDD_PANEL, true);
m_wndCollapsiblePanel.SetTheBkColor(RGB(100, 149, 237)); 

Indicate if the program uses a toolbar or a status bar.

m_wndCollapsiblePanel.SetTheControlBar(&m_wndToolBar, &m_wndStatusBar);

Finally append the buttons.

m_wndCollapsiblePanel.AppendButton("Text Button 1", 
m_wndCollapsiblePanel.AppendButton("Text Button 2", IDB_BITMAP_FW, 
  m_wndView2, IDD_DIALOG_BUTTON2);
m_wndCollapsiblePanel.AppendButton("text Button 3", NULL, NULL, NULL);


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Generalscrolling Pin
Bob Flynn23-Sep-03 22:57
memberBob Flynn23-Sep-03 22:57 
GeneralRe: scrolling Pin
andrewtruckle19-Jan-06 0:26
memberandrewtruckle19-Jan-06 0:26 
GeneralRe: scrolling Pin
Bob Flynn19-Jan-06 1:30
memberBob Flynn19-Jan-06 1:30 
No, I lost interest in using this control. I never had a specific purpose in mind, so I can not say that I found something better to use.
GeneralRe: scrolling Pin
andrewtruckle19-Jan-06 1:34
memberandrewtruckle19-Jan-06 1:34 

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