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I want to write a WINDOWS program which changes the background of its client area with the help of common color dialog box. i Can't seem to get it right. Please Help. I Want the background of the Client Area be painted with the color i select from the common color Dialog Box. Sorry if i couldn't make it clear enough i am a newbie to window API.
Updated 30-Jan-12 0:04am
theanil 28-Jan-12 13:33pm
desktop background or forms?
iamrohitsingh 28-Jan-12 14:04pm
The background of a client area - wndclass.hbrBackground ...

You will need to capture the WM_ERASEBKGND[^] message and do your own painting of the client area.
iamrohitsingh 29-Jan-12 16:45pm
What i am not being able to understand is that how do i use the brush which is returned from choosecolor structure to paint the client area of the owner window
Richard MacCutchan 30-Jan-12 5:47am
See my alternative solution.
A little sample to demonstrate how to paint the background instead of allowing Windows to erase it. This paints different system colours across the window - see the colour list starting at COLOR_SCROLLBAR in WinUser.h.

BOOL Cls_OnEraseBkgnd(HWND hWnd,
                      HDC  hDC
    HBRUSH  hBrush;
    RECT    rectClient;
    int     nWidth;
    GetClientRect(hWnd, &rectClient);
    nWidth = rectClient.right / 30;
    rectClient.right = 1;
    for (int nBrush = 0; nBrush <= 30; ++nBrush)
        hBrush = GetSysColorBrush(nBrush);
        rectClient.right += nWidth;
        FillRect(hDC, &rectClient, hBrush);
        rectClient.left += nWidth;
    return TRUE;
iamrohitsingh 30-Jan-12 5:56am
Thats not what i was asking .....i was just asking how do i save the brush returned from common color dialog box and use it to paint the client area of the owner window of that Common color dialog box

#include <windows.h>
#include <commdlg.h>

int WINAPI WinMain (HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
PSTR szCmdLine, int iCmdShow)
static CHOOSECOLOR cc ;
static COLORREF crCustColors[16] ;

cc.lStructSize = sizeof (CHOOSECOLOR) ;
cc.hwndOwner = NULL ;
cc.hInstance = NULL ;
cc.rgbResult = RGB (0x80, 0x80, 0x80) ;
cc.lpCustColors = crCustColors ;
cc.lCustData = 0 ;
cc.lpfnHook = NULL ;
cc.lpTemplateName = NULL ;

return ChooseColor (&cc) ;

How do i save cc.RgbResult to paint the client area of owner window..
Richard MacCutchan 30-Jan-12 6:35am
What do you mean? The value is already saved in the CHOOSECOLOR structure when the dialog closes. Use this value to create a custom brush which you can then use to paint the window.
iamrohitsingh 30-Jan-12 9:45am
Sorry if i couldn't make anything clear...i am just a newbie to WINDOWS programming..
It would be so nice of you if you can provide me an Example ...using Only WINDOWS API NO MFC ....
Richard MacCutchan 30-Jan-12 9:56am
That's what I gave you above, it's the code that gets invoked when you capture the WM_ERASEBKGND message. If you need a full sample of a Win32 program there are thousands around, just check the articles here on CodeProject or use the sample project in Visual studio.
iamrohitsingh 30-Jan-12 10:08am
Ok i will.....Thanks for the help...

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