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Posted 30 Nov 2000

Resizing Controls at run time

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A method to allow the user to visually resize and position any control at run time.

Sample Image - resize_at_runtime.gif


Suppose you wanted to give the user the ability to modify the size and position on a certain control? This example shows how to implement resizing controls on a dialog box as it is done when drawing controls on a dialog template or using Visual Basic at design time.

In order to accomplish this, we can use the class CRectTracker to manage all the drawing and resizing of a rectangular frame which also has (optional) 6 resize handlers (as in the image above). First thing to do is to invoke a CRectTracker and specify given coordinates:

LPRECT rect = new RECT;
CWnd* wnd = (CWnd*)(GetDlgItem(IDC_EDIT1));
m_tracker = new CRectTracker(rect,CRectTracker::dottedLine  | 
                CRectTracker::resizeOutside | 
                CRectTracker::hatchedBorder );

There are two events that are needed to be taken care of:

  1. SetCursor
    if (pWnd == this && m_tracker->SetCursor(this, nHitTest))
        return TRUE;

    This is done in order to draw the correct mouse cursors when floating the mouse pointer over the rectangle.

  2. OnLButtonDown
    m_tracker->Track(this, point, TRUE);
    CDC* pDC = GetDC();

    This will take care of the drawing of the rectangle with resizing it.

Once you have finished, all you have to do is draw the control with the new rectangle coordinates:

LPRECT rect = new RECT;
CWnd* wnd = (CWnd*)(GetDlgItem(IDC_EDIT1));
rect = LPRECT(m_tracker->m_rect); 
wnd->MoveWindow(rect,TRUE) ;

That's it!


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Questiontracker is coveraged by the sibling object Pin
handsome0314-Jun-12 17:56
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GeneralActivex resize Pin
Rondina B20-May-04 4:57
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GeneralActivex resize Pin
Anonymous20-May-04 4:45
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Questionhow to use from c# application Pin
jbmeeh13-Feb-04 10:33
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QuestionHow to save the new dialog layout back to a resource? Pin
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AnswerRe: How to save the new dialog layout back to a resource? Pin
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GeneralCursor goes away when linked with Static Library Pin
cdsmith29-Apr-03 6:34
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GeneralRe: Cursor goes away when linked with Static Library Pin
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GeneralRe: Cursor goes away when linked with Static Library Pin
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GeneralRe: Cursor goes away when linked with Static Library Pin
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AnswerRe: Cursor goes away when linked with Static Library Pin
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GeneralI have a problem Pin
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GeneralGreat job Pin
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GeneralNE?YO BLAD! Pin
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General<FONT COLOR="#FF0000">CRectTracker hidden when controls overlap </font> Pin
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GeneralProblem Pin
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