Transparent Group Box Control


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Environment: Windows NT4 SP4 (German version), Visual C++ 6 SP2

If you make a dialog with a bitmap as background, you'll probably handle WM_CTLCOLOR + CTLCOLOR_STATIC to set a transparent background for text items.
This works fine except with groupboxes: if the text is transparent the group rectangle goes right through your text, which looks BAD.

To make it look better, use this class CTGroupBox. It draws every side of the box rectangle using LineTo's and takes care of the text position and extent.

Usage is simple: just give your group boxes unique IDs (instead of IDC_STATIC) and then subclass them in OnInitDialog:

// in your .cpp file
void CMyBitmappedDialog::OnInitDialog()
 // I'm using Joerg Koenigs CBitmapDialog class 
 // (see Dialog section of CodeGuru for more info)

 m_TGrpBox1.SubclassDlgItem(IDC_GRPBOX1, this);
 m_TGrpBox2.SubclassDlgItem(IDC_GRPBOX2, this);
 return TRUE;
// in your .h file
#include "TGroupBox.h"

class CMyBitmappedDialog : public CBitmapDialog
 CTGroupBox m_TGrpBox1;
 CTGroupBox m_TGrpBox2;
 // ...

Thats all!

Note: Group boxes are technically buttons(!) with style BS_GROUPBOX but they don't seem to receive WM_DRAWITEMs even if BS_OWNERDRAW is set. So I do the drawing in an WM_PAINT handler but thats not too hard here because they can't be "pressed" or get the focus rect.

Comments, suggestions, bug reports etc. are welcome! Put them here as comment or send them directly to me.



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This article was originally published on February 1st, 2000

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