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Posted 11 Jan 2000

Extended Use of CStatic Class - CLabel 1.6

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A fully stocked owner drawn CStatic class


Ever wanted a static control that behaved like a Visual Basic label control? Well this could be just the thing you might be looking for. This version adds all the functionality of the label control, plus many other features. The control uses double buffering which gives fast painting. The real work in done in the OnPaint function.

I've called the class CLabel and its simple to use in dialog boxes, just follow this simple instructions.

  1. Design the dialog box in the normal way.
  2. Create an OnInitDialog function using the class wizard.
  3. Add Label.cpp and Label.h to your project.
  4. #Include <label.cpp> in your dialog .cpp file.
  5. Delete the project '.clw' file and regenerate by opening the project and pressing Ctrl+W
  6. Any static controls that need enhancing, give each control a unique ID within the dialog editor.
  7. Assign each member controls (CLabel) to each ID using the class wizard.
  8. In OnInitDialog uses the CLabelAPI to change the appearance of the control.

API of CLabel

CLabel& SetBkColor(COLORREF crBkgnd, <br>                    COLORREF crBkgndHigh = 0, <br>                    BackFillMode mode = Normal);<br> Set the background colour of the control and allows an optional gradient fill.
CLabel& SetText(const CString& strText)Sets the text of the controls
CLabel& SetTextColor(COLORREF crText)Sets the text colour of the control
CLabel& SetFontBold(BOOL bBold)Toggles the state of the bold attribute of the text in the control
CLabel& SetFontName(const CString& strFont)The the fonts face name in the control
CLabel& SetFontUnderline(BOOL bSet)Toggles the state of the underline font attribute of the control
CLabel& SetFontItalic(BOOL bSet)Toggles the state of the italic font attribute of the control
CLabel& SetFontSize(int nSize)Sets the fonts size in points.
CLabel& SetSunken(BOOL bSet)Toggles the state of the sunken attribue of the control
CLabel& SetBorder(BOOL bSet)Toggles the state of the borders attribute
CLabel& FlashText(BOOL bSet)Toggles the state of the text flashing attribute
CLabel& FlashBackground(BOOL bSet)Toggles the state of the text flashing attribute
CLabel& SetLink(BOOL bLink)Toggles the state of the link attribute (allows label to become internet link)
CLabel& SetLinkCursor(HCURSOR hCursor)Sets the cursor for the link.
CLabel& SetTransparency(BOOL bTransparency)Sets the transparency for the background.
CLabel& SetFont3D(BOOL bSet,Type3D type)Sets 3D fonts
CLabel& SetRotationAngle(UINT nAngle,BOOL bRotation)Sets rotation angle for font
CLabel& SetText3DHiliteColor(COLORREF cr3DHiliteColor)Sets the hi-light colour for the text
CLabel& SetMailLink(BOOL bEnable, BOOL bNotifyParent)Sets the hi-light colour for the text

Example of use

m_lblGradient.SetBkColor(RGB(255,255,255),RGB(0,0,255), CLabel::Gradient);



CLabel Version 1.6

  • Jeroen Roosendaal - SetFont suggestion
  • Laurent - Spotting SelectObject bugs
  • Bernie - Fix PreCreateWindow bug
  • Jignesh I. Patel - Added expanded tabs feature
  • Jim Farmelant - Fix SetText crash


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QuestionHow to Auto Size text in CLabel Pin
masteryoda2127-Oct-11 11:33
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GeneralFlick Problem On Redraw - Solution [modified] Pin
tonim9-Jun-10 12:48
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GeneralRe: Flick Problem On Redraw - Solution Pin
Norm .net9-Jun-10 22:21
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GeneralQuestion Pin
guyuewuhua31-Aug-09 17:29
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Generallicense restrictions for CLabel class Pin
clintM22-Apr-09 8:24
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GeneralRe: license restrictions for CLabel class Pin
Norm .net22-Apr-09 21:22
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No restrictions, use anywhere it's completely free without ties.

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GeneralRe: license restrictions for CLabel class Pin
clintM23-Apr-09 3:32
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GeneralRe: license restrictions for CLabel class Pin
Alan Hayslep29-Aug-13 1:45
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GeneralChanging font size [modified] Pin
sabapathy_8021-Jan-09 4:59
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GeneralFlashing problems ( transparent label over bitmap ) Pin
alexuh13-Aug-08 5:21
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QuestionMaybe it's better that set byCharSet=DEFAULT_CHARSET in SetFontName? Pin
sodar22-May-08 18:57
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Generaltext right aligned Pin
J.Charpentier26-Jun-07 8:05
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QuestionRotate Bitmaps? Pin
frqftgbdafr29-May-07 11:47
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QuestionHelp on subclassing CLabel for suporting background image Pin
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QuestionLicense? Pin
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QuestionEnable / Disable ? Pin
ChrisRibe19-Mar-07 7:03
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GeneralGot Slow Somewhere Pin
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GeneralSemi-transparent, colored CLabel Pin
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GeneralSetWindowPos Pin
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QuestionFlickerring? Pin
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GeneralWhite flash with transperent label Pin
lily0lin4-May-04 9:00
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GeneralMy only problem with this class is... Pin
Ravi Bhavnani28-Mar-04 9:44
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GeneralProblems Setting Window State Pin
yofnik8-Mar-04 11:10
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GeneralUNICODE Pin
ExtraLean20-Feb-04 10:21
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GeneralError loading IDC_HAND cursor Pin
Marcus Carey24-Jul-03 20:46
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Generaladd #define IDC_HAND MAKEINTRESOURCE(32649) Pin
uranium991-Aug-03 3:43
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Generalfont size isn't changing Pin
connorwr29-May-03 19:02
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