program won't create status bar

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    First of all, I am using Bloodshed's DevC++ to create a win32 app.
    In my program I am trying to add a statusbar but it won't create the window. I tried getting the last error but there isn't one relating to the status bar. Does anybody have any information as to why the window wouldn't be created? All of my code should be correct because I just copied "hStatus=CreateWindow("msctls_statusbar32", "Ready",WS_CHILD|WS_VISIBLE,0,0,0,0,hwnd,(HMENU)NU LL,hInst, NULL);" from my other project. It works in my other project, but not this one. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I basically need to know what would stop a window of any kind from being created.
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    alandrums

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    the only thing which may cause the problems here is the
    'hwnd' which is passed to the CreateWindow. if it is not valid or it refer to other window.

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    I always use the CreateStatusWindow() API function to create status windows. With your code, are you not telling it to create a zero sized window?
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    Have you called InitCommonControls or InitCommonControlsEx?
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    i tried using CreateStatusWindow(), but it doesn't work. It says that there is an undefined reference to CreateStatusWindow and I included the commctrl.h header file. Something may be wrong with my include files.
    it also says that there is an undefined reference to InitCommonControls if i try to call that (also with the commctrl.h file included)
    is there another file that i need to include? or some compiler setting?

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    >>is there another file that i need to include? or some compiler setting?



    Comctl32.lib??

    Have you included this as a library??

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    well, i got it to work. just like fordy said i had to link with the comctl32.lib library. i also included commctrl.h and then called InitCommonControls(). i have a status bar now, it's great!
    the reason why it worked on my other program without doing all of this was because i included the shlobj.h file and used that to load the "Browse for folder" dialog box. the shlobj.h header file included commctrl.h, and the code that was required to open the dialog box must have somehow called InitCommonControls() so it kind of did it behind my back.
    thanks for all of your help.

    alandrums

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    Cool - I love a happy ending......

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