Win32 API , Windows XP Button styles

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    Win32 API , Windows XP Button styles

    hello , does any one know the style or extended style to make the windows xp button styles(bubble style) in win32 api

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    Unfortunately its a little more difficult than just adding a style (which is what I had hoped you could do initialy!). You need to include a windows manifest file as a resource and init the common controls. There is a brief link here describing the process. If you have any other troubles getting it to work, come back and ask.
    Last edited by dalek; 05-26-2004 at 04:33 AM.

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    Thanks!!

    ok thanks for that.gave me a clear understanding 1 thing.
    how do i include this in a C , win32 api program.thanks

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    Perhaps the quickest/shortest route is to link with comctl32.lib, use InitCommonControlsEx and include the manifest file in the same directory as the executable. For example:
    Code:
    #include <windows.h>
    #include <tchar.h>
    
    #if defined __MINGW_H
    #define _WIN32_IE 0x0400
    #endif
    
    #include <commctrl.h> /*link with comctl32.lib (-lcomctl32 with DevCpp(MinGW))*/
    
    int WINAPI _tWinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
                         LPTSTR lpCmdLine,int nCmdShow)
    {
    INITCOMMONCONTROLSEX iccx;
    iccx.dwSize=sizeof(INITCOMMONCONTROLSEX);
    iccx.dwICC=0;
    InitCommonControlsEx(&iccx);
    
    MessageBox(0,
      _T("Don't forget to include your xp manifest\nin the same directory as this exe."),
      _T("XP Manifest Styles"),
      MB_OK);
    return 0;
    }
    Build that and call the exe 'manifest_demo.exe' then save the following as manifest_demo.exe.manifest in the same directory:
    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
    <assemblyIdentity
      version="1.0.0.0"
      processorArchitecture="X86"
      name="CompanyName.ProductName.manifest_demo.exe"
      type="win32"
    />
    <description>Your application description here.</description>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity
      type="win32"
      name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
      version="6.0.0.0"
      processorArchitecture="X86"
      publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
      language="*"
    />
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
    </assembly>
    Last edited by Ken Fitlike; 05-26-2004 at 07:14 AM.
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    thanks you all very much

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    hmm theres only 1 problem thou.if u dont have the manifest file there it doesnt work
    any one know how to fix this?

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    This is what i do..

    1. Create a custom resource called "RT_MANIFEST" without quotes.
    2. Name the resource "1" without quotes.
    3. Paste in the xml code Ken gave you.
    4. Save & Recompile.

    You still need to use the common controls as stated in previous posts.

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    ok im not sure what im doing wrong but i cant get it to work

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    Paste this into your resource file:
    Code:
    #ifndef RT_MANIFEST
    #define RT_MANIFEST 24
    #endif
    #ifndef CREATEPROCESS_MANIFEST_RESOURCE_ID
    #define CREATEPROCESS_MANIFEST_RESOURCE_ID 1
    #endif
    
    CREATEPROCESS_MANIFEST_RESOURCE_ID  RT_MANIFEST "YourApp.exe.manifest"
    where YourApp.exe.manifest refers to the manifest file you created as per Ken's post. (This is essentially what Marc was describing).

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    ok thanks...only problem now is that lcc-win32 says its impossible to read the rc file

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    Apparently, lcc does not support RT_MANIFEST. You can grab the free Resource Hacker to add your manifest to the exe.

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    its not thats its not reading the manifest its that it isnt read the rc files
    its wierd never happened before

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    Hey,

    For Starters i'm using Dev-cpp.

    I can get the manifest file to work the only problem is that the manifest all ways has to be in teh diretory with the program is there away to make the manifest say become a resourse in the project its self thus being able to chaneg directorys?

    Thanks.

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