CFindInFiles Class (similar to Visual Studio 6.0)

Environment: Visual C++ 6.0

I recently had to add Find in Files functionality similar to that found in Visual C++ 6.0 to an application of mine. I have posted the work here in the hope that some of you might find it useful. I have packaged the classes in a DLL to ease integration with your own project.

The find in files operation runs in its own thread to make it possible to cancel a lengthy search operation. Follow these steps to add Find in Files to your MFC application:

Step 1: Create a window were CFindInFiles can write the results of the search

This window must accept LB_ADDSTRING messages. The LB_ADDSTRING is sent by CFindInFiles to your window to report the results of the find in files operation. The reason I use the LB_ADDSTRING is that used to use a list box in the output window. I have later replaced the list box with an edit control but I am still using LB_ADDSTRING to be compatible with earlier versions. Have a look at the included demo project for an example on how I did this.

Step 2: Add command handlers to start/stop the find in files operation

void CMainFrame::OnEditFindinfiles() 
  if (m_hStop == INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE)
      m_hStop = CreateEvent(NULL, TRUE, FALSE, NULL);
  if (m_bFindInFiles)

void CMainFrame::CancelFindInFiles()
  DWORD dwExit;

  // Wait for the find in files thread to exit and 
  // process windows messages while waiting:
  while (m_pFindThread &&
    MSG msg;
    if (dwExit != STILL_ACTIVE)
    while (::PeekMessage(&msg, NULL, 0, 0, PM_NOREMOVE))
        if (!theApp.PumpMessage())
  m_bFindInFiles = false;

void CMainFrame::StartFindInFiles()
    m_pFindThread =
    m_bFindInFiles = true;

void CMainFrame::OnUpdateEditFindinfiles(CCmdUI* pCmdUI) 
  if (m_pFindThread != NULL)
    DWORD dwExit;
    GetExitCodeThread(m_pFindThread->m_hThread, &dwExit);
    if (dwExit != STILL_ACTIVE)
       delete m_pFindThread;
       m_pFindThread = NULL;
       m_bFindInFiles = false;
  pCmdUI->SetCheck(m_pFindThread != NULL);

Again, have a look at the accompanying demo program for a complete example.


Download source and demo project - 70Kb


  • Re Assertion Bug Solution

    Posted by Legacy on 12/30/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Kisumu Kinshasa

    Re Assertion Bug:

    While this is an excellent little utility, can you please
    supply the .lib code. Perhaps I can help to clear up the

    Thank You

  • Small bug

    Posted by Legacy on 09/30/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Avri


    Nice class :)
    I have found a small bug in the stop event:

    UINT CFindInFiles::FindThread(LPVOID pParam)
    struct FindStruct* pFindStruct = static_cast<struct FindStruct*>(pParam);
    CFindInFiles fif(pFindStruct->strFolder, pFindStruct->strTypes, pFindStruct->nFlags);
    HANDLE hStop = pFindStruct->hStop; /* added */
    CString strFindWhat = pFindStruct->strFindWhat;
    HWND hWnd = pFindStruct->hWnd;
    fif.Find(strFindWhat, hWnd, hStop /* changed*/);
    return 0;

    you can't use the structure after the start event has been set.



  • good programming - but...

    Posted by Legacy on 04/21/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Mike

    good coding!
    but the match-case is always on, even if the checkbox isn't checked.
    and You don't close the event-handle 'CMainFrame::m_hStop' (ResourceLeak).

  • Debug Assertion

    Posted by Legacy on 04/15/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Tester

    I build demo project, run and click Find In Files --> Debug Assertion window.
    Help me to solve it.

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