BMP as part of executable

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    BMP as part of executable

    I need to know how to put a .bmp into my executable so that the program doesn't have to go look for the file, it will be within it's own code this way. I have the file included in the project, i'm currently building as debug...are there any further steps i need to take? I reference the picture right now by it's absolute path on the hard disk, I assume if it gets included into the program all i have to do is type the name of the pic, not any particular path. Any help would be appreciated.


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    To include the data of the bitmap within the executable, include it as a rexource using the resource editor, it will then not be necessary to distribute the .bmp with the application.
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    yeah i got that far, but how then do i use it from there? if it was somewhere else i would use the exact location "c:\whatever..."
    when it's included, I need to know how to use it then, it gets stored as IDB_BITMAP1 by defualt, i try to use IDB_BITMAP1 as the variable when i try to get the image, but it's undeclared, so I try to include the resource script (generated by MFC) and it has errors in it (is this a known bug in VC++?) so basically i'm stuck for now.
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    Look into the LoadImage() and LoadBitmap() functions.
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    when its in your resource, include resource.h and use the macro MAKEINTRESOURCE() instead of the path

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    LoadBitmap(GetModuleHandle(NULL), MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDB_BITMAP));
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