In reality changing window's shape is very easy to do, although most people think that it's an extremely hard procedure. In this article I will explain how to create a window that will be a circle instead of a rectangle shape.
There are two functions that change window's shape: CWnd::SetWindowRgn() and win32's SetWindowRgn(). I will use the CWnd::SetWindowRgn(), but u can use the one you like more.
The function declaration looks like this:
int SetWindowRgn( HRGN hRgn, BOOL bRedraw );
The return value is zero if function fails or nonzero otherwise(at least it says so in Microsoft documentation). The first parameter is the CRgn, a region of a window, and the second parameter is a BOOL value that allows u to redraw the window. All you have to do is to create a CRgn variable, and pass the parametr to the SetWindowRgn function. That's all.
Here is the source code you have to add to your application in order to make a window be a circle shape.
CRgn MyRgn; MyRgn.CreateEllipticRgn(0, 0, 100, 100); SetWindowRgn(MyRgn, TRUE);
That's it. I can add just one more thing. If you create a button or another window without a title bar, you can skip this paragraph. If the window has a title bar, I advise you to read this. The thing is, that with most regions at least part of a title bar will not be drawn. From my point of view, the optimal decision is to create a window with a style that won't have a title bar, and then implement the title bar functions yourself. It sounds hard, but it's much easier then dealing with a regular title bar.