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Posted 5 Oct 2003

Folder Tab Control for Windows MFC (like MS Excel)

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Folder Tab control for Windows MFC (like MS Excel).

Sample Image - foldertabcontrol.jpg


This is a folder tab window control for MFC. It looks and acts very much like the folder tab control for MS Excel, except it does not allow re-ordering of the folder tabs. It has a first button for the first tab, a next button for the next tab, a last button for the last tab and a previous button for the previous tab. You can also rename the folder tabs and delete/add new tabs interactively.

Paul DiLascia at MSDN magazine originally wrote this code in 3 separate issues of MSDN ( the last article was in the October 2002 issue). I just added the first and last buttons and the tab renaming capability.

Using the code

Paul wrote a FolderFrame.cpp class for handling the view of this class automatically. However, my view is a diagramming toolkit with zoom and pan that requires a lot of view specific code, so I do not use his FolderFrame class.

To include this control in my app, I just added it to my View class:

#include "ftab.h"
CFolderTabCtrl FolderTabs;

Then I created it in my OnCreate method:

     // create the folder tabs window
CFolderTabCtrl& ftc = FolderTabs;
VERIFY (ftc.Create (WS_CHILD|WS_VISIBLE, rc, this, 1, FTS_BUTTONS));

Then I draw it in my OnDraw method along with my horizontal scrollbar:

   // get the sizes of the client area and redraw the folder

   // tabs and the scrollbars - must do this as we might be

   // redrawing because of a change in number of folder tabs

RECT rect;

GetClientRect (&rect);

int newHeight = rect.bottom;

int newWidth = rect.right;

   // reposition the folder tabs window (calc size and limit first)

int folderTabWidth = FolderTabs.GetDesiredWidth ();

int folderTabLimit = (newWidth * 4) / 5;

if (folderTabWidth > folderTabLimit) folderTabWidth = folderTabLimit;

FolderTabs.MoveWindow (0, newHeight - GetSystemMetrics (SM_CYHSCROLL),
          folderTabWidth, GetSystemMetrics (SM_CYHSCROLL), TRUE);

// reposition and redraw the horizontal scroll bar

HorzScrollBar.MoveWindow (folderTabWidth,
          newHeight - GetSystemMetrics (SM_CYHSCROLL),
          newWidth - folderTabWidth - GetSystemMetrics (SM_CXVSCROLL),
          GetSystemMetrics (SM_CYHSCROLL), TRUE);


ZeroMemory (&si, sizeof (SCROLLINFO));

si.cbSize = sizeof (SCROLLINFO);


si.nMin = 0;

si.nMax = giPaperWdDP;

si.nPos = gisFlsHorzOffset;

si.nPage = gisFlsHorzInc;

HorzScrollBar.SetScrollInfo (&si, TRUE);

I added several message map items in my View class for handling the folder messages:


My View class also has the methods for handling messages from the folder tab control:

// Changed tab

void CFlsView::OnChangedTab(NMHDR* nmtab, LRESULT* pRes)
   NMFOLDERTAB& nmft = *(NMFOLDERTAB*)nmtab;
   giCurrentLayer = nmft.iItem;   //  your new tab number in the view
   Invalidate ();

// right mouse click on sheet tabs and select properties

void CFlsView::OnEditSheets(NMHDR* nmtab, LRESULT* pRes)
   //  put up your properties dialog now

// Changed tab name

void CFlsView::OnChangedTabName(NMHDR* nmtab, LRESULT* pRes)
   NMFOLDERTAB& nmft = *(NMFOLDERTAB*)nmtab;
   int sheet = nmft.iItem;
   giCurrentLayer = sheet;
   strncpy (LayerInfo [sheet].Name, nmft.lpText, LYR_NAMELEN);

// add page

void CFlsView::OnAddSheet(NMHDR* nmtab, LRESULT* pRes)

   NMFOLDERTAB& nmft = *(NMFOLDERTAB*)nmtab;
   int sheet = nmft.iItem;

   // add new sheet to the view
   FolderTabs.AddItem (LayerInfo [newSheet].Name);

   giCurrentLayer = newSheet;
   FolderTabs.SelectItem (giCurrentLayer);
   Invalidate ();


// Delete page

void CFlsView::OnDeleteSheet(NMHDR* nmtab, LRESULT* pRes)

   NMFOLDERTAB& nmft = *(NMFOLDERTAB*)nmtab;

   int sheet = nmft.iItem;

   if (0 == sheet)
      CString text = "You cannot delete ";
      text += LayerInfo [sheet].Name;
      text += ".";
      int result = MessageBox (text, "Your App name", MB_OK);

      DeleteLayer (sheet);
      // fix the view
      FolderTabs.RemoveItem (sheet);
      // if deleting the current sheet then reset the current sheet to 0
      if (sheet == giCurrentLayer)
      giCurrentLayer = 0;
      Invalidate ();


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Generalerror C4430: missing type specifier - int assumed. Note: C++ does not support default-int Pin
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QuestionWhy can't I use it under vc++6.0??? Pin
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Questionhow to use the class? the CTabCtrl cant get the click message Pin
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QuestionAnybody got it to work? Pin
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GeneralExample Pin
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QuestionCan you give me an example? Pin
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GeneralWhich view class are you using Pin
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GeneralRe: Which view class are you using Pin
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GeneralSample Would Be Great Pin
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GeneralRe: Sample Would Be Great Pin
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GeneralWhen the leftmost tab is not the very first beginning Pin
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Questionexample? Pin
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AnswerRe: example? Pin
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GeneralHow do you create the rectangle rc ? Pin
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GeneralRe: How do you create the rectangle rc ? Pin
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GeneralRe: How do you create the rectangle rc ? Pin
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GeneralRe: How do you create the rectangle rc ? Pin
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GeneralVery nice! Pin
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GeneralRe: Very nice! Pin
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