Adding a Minimize Button to a Window with Style

Environment: VC++ 6, Systems


A few days ago, I faced a problem regarding a minimize button for a window with the style WS_EX_TOOLWINDOW. Because there is no support for a minimize button with this style, I had to do it on my own. While working on the solution, I knew I would post the solution on CodeGuru; so, here it is.

Basic Guidelines

This project was compiled on Visual C++ 6.0 and runs perfectly on WinXP Pro, but Visual Studio .NET 2003 is installed and used for the include files. If you find a way to work without Visual Studio .NET, please comment. Because my minimum OS is WinXP, I had to work with themes, but the basic code for an OS with no themes is there but has not been tested.


#include "uxtheme.h"
#include "tmschema.h"

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Include - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET

Lib - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET

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