Better Tip of the Day dialog

Friday Aug 7th 1998 by Michael Walz

Better Tip of the Day dialog

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New VC++ look Tip of the day

Standard Component Gallery Tip of the Day dialog

Microsoft supplies a standard Component Gallery item called Tip of the day. IMHO this dialog is quite ugly, so I wrote another one which reproduces the look of the VC++ 4.0 Tip of the Day dialog. System color changes are handled correctly, that is the lightbulb is displayed correctly on the background (COLOR_BTNSHADOW). Therefore the lightbuld is stored in a resource bitmap and the outside of the bulb is filled with COLOR_BTNSHADOW prior to displaying.

There is another most useful feature: the Microsoft supplied Tip of the day class opens the Tip file in the current directory whereas my Tip of the Day class opens the dialog in the folder where the executable resides.

To integrate the new Tip of the day dialog into your application proceed as follows:

  • Use the Insert-Component command and insert the tip of the day component. This will add TipDlg.h and TipDlg.cpp to your project.
  • Edit stdafx.h and remove the #include <e:\MSDEV\Projects\Tip\TipDlg.h> or whatever line.
  • Replace the two automatically generated files  TipDlg.h and TipDlg.cpp with those supplied in the sample
  • Replace the IDD_TIP dialog with the one supplied in the sample.
  • That should be all.
The sample compiles with VC++ 4.0 and should also compile with more recent versions of MFC and or VC++.

Last updated: 17 July 1998

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