Creating a Transparent Editbox with No Redraw Problems

Environment: Tested Platforms: Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT

I have written this article to make an edit box transparent. It is very easy to make it transparent when there isn't a bitmap image in the dialog background. But, if you have a bitmap in your dialog background and you make editbox transparent, it will become transparent but will not be redrawn properly.

I have found many programmers suffering with this problem, including me, until I wrote this article. The problem was that making an edit box transparent is very easy in a common case, but whenever you use a bitmap background, it will become a little hard to do. The main problem is that the contents of the edit box will not be redrawn properly.

Here, with this cool code, I have solved this problem. I hope it will be helpful to someone.

About the Author

Hi! Guys,
I am not a well experienced programmer but always try to do my best. So, that's why I wrote this useful article. I am working in a company as senior programmer. We develop software and hardware related to video mixing and photography. My desire is to do a lot in the graphics and image processing fields (using VC++). This is my beginning, so maybe you will not be comfortable with my code. But, your appreciation will become an inspiration for me.


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  • Is there a simple functin like the inputbox in visual basic?

    Posted by Legacy on 08/19/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: schunter

  • Doesn't run in WinXP

    Posted by Legacy on 03/05/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: youkefei

    as title.

    • Not working in W2K as well...

      Posted by myron on 03/23/2006 10:49pm

      No transparent effect. (At least on my local test.)

  • transparent edit ctrl

    Posted by Legacy on 02/01/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: malavika

  • Something wrong......

    Posted by Legacy on 01/26/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Tome

    If you set multiline property of edit control, and when scroll the edit content, the background bitmap scroll too, how to solve this problem?

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  • How about multiline edit?

    Posted by Legacy on 01/26/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Tome

    If set multiline property, when scroll the text, background image be scrolled too, how to sovle this problem?

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