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EZOptionsDlg - Netscape Preferences like dialog

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16 Apr 2001
A modified property sheet with the tree control replacing the tabs.

[Sample page 1 - 30K]

[Sample page 2 - 30K]


The point behind this article is to build a base for building a Netscape Prefs like dialog without compromising on the benefits provided by CPropertySheet and CPropertyPage.

To implement this dialog:

Step 1

Add the files present in the source zip file above, to your project.

Add the following lines in some globally available file like stdafx.h:

#include "EZPropertyPage.h"
#include "EZOptionsDlg.h"

Step 2

Add a dialog to your application and add a class for it, say CPrefDlg. Replace every occurrence of CDialog with CEZOptionsDlg in the header file and the source file of the dialog. This dialog takes the place of a property sheet.

Step 3

Edit the dialog template and add a tree control somewhere on the dialog.

Add the following lines to the OnInitDialog handler to introduce your tree control to the parent class CEZOptionsDlg:

// Assuming IDC_OPT_TREE and IDC_LABEL are the ID's
// of the tree control and the static control respectively

Step 4

Add a property page, CPage1 say, to your application and replace every instance of CPropertyPage with CEZPropertyPage in the header and source files.

Now, as you would do in a regular property sheet, declare a member variable for CPage1 in the dialog class (CPrefDlg) created in step 2. Add the following code similar to that of the normal CPropertySheet::AddPage. But CPage1::Create should be called before calling AddPage.

// If IDD_PROPPAGE_PAGE1 id the dialog resource ID

If you want to add a page as a child item, add the title of the parent item as the third parameter. To avoid unexpected behavior, the titles should be unique.

Here is the OnInitDialog function:

// in PrefDlg.h
#include "EZOptionsDlg.h"

class CPage1;

class CPrefDlg:public CEZOptionsDlg
    CPage1 m_page1;

// in PrefDlg.cpp
BOOL CPrefDlg::OnInitDialog()
// Assuming IDC_OPT_TREE is the ID's of the Tree control
// and the static control respectively


Again, to remove a page, the title is to be used. This is the reason why I say the titles should be unique.


Repeat the above step to add more pages.

The demo project should do the rest of the explanation.


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionHow to ad minimize icon on dialog style?? Pin
Evan Lin1-Jun-05 8:12
Evan Lin1-Jun-05 8:12 
GeneralGood stuff Pin
antred1123-Mar-05 1:33
antred1123-Mar-05 1:33 
GeneralTabbing Pin
Dan Poch11-Jan-05 7:34
Dan Poch11-Jan-05 7:34 
GeneralDir List Box Pin
14-Feb-02 23:42
suss14-Feb-02 23:42 
GeneralTab order is not working. Pin
6-Feb-02 22:15
suss6-Feb-02 22:15 
GeneralGreat job. (Some modifications for dialog based app.) Pin
27-Feb-01 23:41
suss27-Feb-01 23:41 
GeneralBetter one exists... Pin
16-Jan-01 11:55
suss16-Jan-01 11:55 
GeneralBetter one exists... where exactly ? Pin
Guy Lecomte17-Apr-01 22:19
Guy Lecomte17-Apr-01 22:19 
GeneralRe: Better one exists... where exactly ? Pin
Henk Devos21-May-01 2:29
Henk Devos21-May-01 2:29 
GeneralRe: Better one exists... Pin
12-Apr-02 5:44
suss12-Apr-02 5:44 
GeneralEdit controls, tab order and more Pin
10-Nov-00 1:27
suss10-Nov-00 1:27 

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