Changing the Color of Edit and Combobox Controls in ATL

Friday Aug 4th 2000 by Anita Rodriquez
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Simple step-by-step instructions on changing control colors when using ATL

Simply follow these steps in order to change the color of the Edit control or Combobox control in ATL.
  1. Add a handler for WM_CTLCOLOREDIT
    MESSAGE_HANDLER(WM_CTLCOLOREDIT, OnCtlColorEdit)
    
  2. Implementation of the handler, return the brush that u want to use to color the control
    LRESULT OnCtlColorEdit(UINT uMsg, 
                           WPARAM wParam, 
                           LPARAM lParam,
                           BOOL& bHandled)
    {
     HDC hdcEdit = (HDC) wParam;    // handle to display context 
     HWND hwndEdit = (HWND) lParam; // handle to static control 
    
     if (( hwndEdit == GetDlgItem(IDC_EDIT) 
     || ( hwndEdit == GetDlgItem(IDC_COMBO))
     {
      // m_hBrush is an instance variable that stores the
      // current Color brush. If this is the first time through
      // we need to create it. The brush is deleted in the destructor
      if ( m_hBrush == NULL )
       m_hBrush = CreateSolidBrush( RGB(255,0,0)
     )
     
      // Get the DC provided and set the appropriate attributes
     
      SetBkMode(hdcEdit, TRANSPARENT );
      SetBkColor(hdcEdit, RGB(255,0,0));
    
      // Return a handle to the brush
      HBRUSH far* hbr = (HBRUSH far*) m_hBrush;
      return ((DWORD) hbr);
     }
     return 0;
    }
    
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