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The same problem is encountered in Windows' Find File, the one that you run from the Start button menu. While it performs the search, the search pattern is dimmed.
// Make the disabled combo's edit control appear as enabled & R/O // 1. The first child window of a combo is its edit control CEdit* pComboEdit=(CEdit*)(GetDlgItem( IDC_COMBO )->GetWindow(GW_CHILD )); // 2. Enable combo's edit control, not the combo itself, and set R/O pComboEdit->EnableWindow( TRUE ); pComboEdit->SetReadOnly();
However, this approach does not work when the combo box is of the DropList type, since such a combo consists of two windows only, the combo itself and the combo list control, and, therefore, I can't enable it.
And also, overriding the OnCtlControl handler in order to change colors doesn't help - there is no problem to change the text background color, but the text color still appears dimmed.