I've used SendMessageW API to direct an EM_SETSEL message to
a designated Edit control to make it locates the searched text
entered from the another Edit control. Why it doesn't provide
visual feedback to reflect its current state?
I used Spy++ to detect the EM_SETSEL message and the message
was correctly listed in the message window.
Can anyone give suggestion?
My current development tool is MSVS Community 2015, project type is Win32 that merely uses A.P.I.
I have just tried this (with VS 2010 Express) and it selects and highlights the text correctly. Can you show the exact code you are using?
As a suggestion, do not use the A or W suffixes on Windows API calls. Use the base name, without the suffix, and let the compiler generate the correct call based on your projrct's Unicode/ASCII setting.
As per Richard said debug the dam thing because there is something wrong with a value and you are asking us to guess what.
However something obvious to me which you have not explained you have two different string pointers in the above lpWStr1 and lpWstr0 and since there is something wrong with selPos or selEnd which you haven't debugged is this related as no explaination of these???
the actual value of selPos and selEnd just represent as what they are, both contained int value that denoted character index. To hwndEdit, the return value of GetWindowTextLengthW just not false ( other values than 0 ).
I want to select text in the Edit control and make it has visual effect that represents the highlight of selected text. But how does WM_SETSEL come? It was undefined in the edition of my Visual Studio.
The default behaviour of edit controls is showing the selection only when the control has the focus. From your description I assume that another control (the search input field or a button) has the focus when you try to set the selection.
But there is an option to show the selection even when the edit control does not have the focus: ES_NOHIDESEL[^].
Unfortunately the style can't be changed once the control exists. You have to set it when creating the edit control. If it is defined as static resource, set the option there (e.g. using the resource editor). For dynamically created edit controls pass the flag in the style parameter when calling CreateWindow or CreateWindowEx.