MFC class "Tip of the Day" like WinZip

Environment: VC6

This control CStartupTip helps to create a dialog "Tip of the Day" like WinZip "Tip of the Day". It splits tip text into strings and displays these strings in special multi-line window. CStartupTip is derived from CStatic.

  1. Include StartupTip.cpp and StartupTip.h in your project
  2. Create new CStartupTip class object (for example, m_tip) and just invoke create function like you create a standard CStatic object.
  3. Set tip text, icon and parameters of the control:
    BOOL CTipsDlg::OnInitDialog()
       // TODO: Add extra initialization here
       m_tip.SetTipText("This is a test");
       return TRUE;
  4. Call SetTipText or SetIcon to change text or icon

Member functions:
  • SetTipText(LPCTSTR lpText) - set the text of the tip. The text will be splitted into strings (maximum 10) bounded by whole word. The words must be separated by spaces. Maximum lenght of the text depends on maximum symbols in the string that is defined by SetMaxLen function
  • SetMaxLen(int n) - set the maximum lenght (in symbols) of the string. The string must be no more than 100 symbols. Default is 50 symbols.
  • SetIcon(UINT n) - set an icon in the LeftPane. n - resource id of the icon.
  • SetLeftPaneColor(COLORREF color) - set a color of the LeftPane. Default is RGB(132,130,132)
  • SetBgColor(COLORREF color) - set a background color Default is RGB(255,255,255)
  • SetLeftPaneSize(int n) - set a size of the LeftPane. Default is 50 pixels


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  • Very nice!

    Posted by Legacy on 11/19/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: WishYou

    This was a very cool control. Plain and simple, but still very usefull.

    I've made some small modifications to make it fit my application, but no big things...


  • Serialization code needed to make it complete.

    Posted by Legacy on 02/14/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Stan

    Nice example.
    It would be more useful if the example contained code for serializing tips either by using CArchive or by providing a simple reader/writer to access a string file.
    Last shown string should be tracked, ShowNextTip() should be implemented.
    Apart from that - it's nice.

  • this is not unicode

    Posted by Legacy on 02/12/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Ummite

    This is not unicode aware... At least, do _T("test here")!

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