CXPStyleButtonST v1.0 - Windows XP buttons with all CButtonST features

Sample Image Sample Image

SoftechSoftware homepage
SoftechSoftware Email

Environment: VC++ 6.0, XP, Win2k, NT 4.0, Win9x/ME


CXPStyleButtonST is a scalable CButtonST-derived control.
If running under Windows XP the application buttons will be skinned using the current selected theme (if any), while if running under Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000 the buttons will have the standard, well known CButtonST flat style. In both cases all CButtonST features are granted! Using CXPStyleButtonST, with a zero-cost implementation, your applications running under XP will have the new, smooth and elegant style but also will run error-less under old Windows versions.

How to integrate CXPStyleButtonST in your application

In your project include the following files:

  • BtnST.h
  • BtnST.cpp
  • XPStyleButtonST.h
  • XPStyleButtonST.cpp
  • ThemeHelperST.h
  • ThemeHelperST.cpp
Create a instance of CThemeHelperST. This class encapsulates all the required APIs to access the current selected theme (if any) or to run error-less if none is selected or if running under a old Windows version. You need only one instance for all the buttons, so this can be global to the application or only to the current dialog.

CThemeHelperST m_ThemeHelper;

Create a CXPStyleButtonST object statically

With dialog editor create a standard button called, for example, IDOK (you don't need to make it owner drawn) and create a member variable for this button:

CXPStyleButtonST m_btnOk;

Now attach the button to CXPStyleButtonST. For dialog-based applications, in your OnInitDialog:

// Call the base-class method

// Create the IDOK button
m_btnOk.SubclassDlgItem(IDOK, this);

Or in your DoDataExchange:

// Call the base method

// Create the IDOK button
DDX_Control(pDX, IDOK, m_btnOk);

Assign the CThemeHelperST instance to the button. This is fundamental or your button will not have the current theme style even if running under XP !

In your OnInitDialog:

// Assign theme helper instance to the button

Create a CXPStyleButtonST object dynamically

In your application, create a member variable for the button. Please note that this variable is a pointer:

CXPStyleButtonST* m_pbtnOk;

Now create the button. For dialog-based applications, in your OnInitDialog:

// Call the base-class method

// Create the IDOK button
m_pbtnOk = new CXPStyleButtonST;
                    WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP | WS_TABSTOP,
					CRect(10, 10, 200, 100), 
// Set the same font of the application

Assign the CThemeHelperST instance to the button as described in the previous section.

Remember to destroy the button or you will get a memory leak. This can be done, for example, in your class destructor:

if (m_pbtnOk) delete m_pbtnOk;

Class methods

Assigns a CThemeHelperST instance to the button.

// Parameters:
//     [IN]   pTheme
//            Pointer to a CThemeHelperST instance.
//            Pass NULL to remove any previous instance.
void SetThemeHelper(CThemeHelperST* pTheme)


Returns the class version as a short value.

// Return value:
//     Class version. Divide by 10 to get actual version.
static short GetVersionI()


Returns the class version as a string value.

// Return value:
//     Pointer to a null-terminated string containing 
//     the class version.
static LPCTSTR GetVersionC()


To compile CXPStyleButtonST you need the Platform SDK (August 2001 or newer). This is not mandatory because at compile-time, if not found, it will be emulated. At run-time you don't need any additional SDK or libraries installed.


Leave a Comment
  • Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Top White Papers and Webcasts

  • Rocket Mobile® for IBM i is an enterprise mobile application development and deployment platform for customers who rely on the IBM i system. Rocket Mobile for IBM i enables customers to leave proven applications in-place and rapidly repurpose them into new managed and secure mobile applications. Fast, easy creation of mobile, web, and hybrid mobile applications that deploy to any iOS, Android, or Windows mobile phone or tablet Built-in integration for seamless repurposing of existing IBM i applications …

  • More than ever, agile Software Life Cycle Development and DevOps drives critical top-line business impact for customers across a broad range of industries. Learn how XtremIO is fundamentally enabling the next generation of agile Software Development & DevOps to: Radically improve developer efficiency and overall product quality via an All-Flash Dev Ops platform Enable modern lightning fast dev methodologies with zero-cost application & datasets full copies. Allow Developers to have zero storage obstacles, …

Most Popular Programming Stories

More for Developers

RSS Feeds

Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date