VC++ setting text color of a button

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    VC++ setting text color of a button

    Hi,

    I searched around in MSDN for a few days, and I finally came up with the following code to set the text color of a radio button in a dialog box. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. I added the OnCtlColor() handler to my Dialog box class(CCodeProject_Dialog2Dlg). My dialog box has radio buttons, check boxes, combo boxes, list boxes and I tried substituting several of their ID's in the code, and none of the text changed color. Can anyone tell me how do change the text color on a button?

    Code:
    HBRUSH CCodeProject_Dialog2Dlg::OnCtlColor(CDC *pDC, CWnd *pWnd, UINT nCtlColor)
    {
    	HBRUSH hbr = CDialog::OnCtlColor(pDC, pWnd, nCtlColor);
    	 
    	if(pWnd->GetDlgCtrlID() == IDC_WIN98)
    	{
    		pDC->SetTextColor(RGB(255,0,0));
    		pDC->SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT);
    		
    	}
    
    	return hbr;
    
    }
    Last edited by 7stud; 10-11-2004 at 06:25 AM.

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    You don't, short of owner-draw or subclassing and drawing it yourself. Please search this board for more information as this has been asked and answered many times in the past.
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    here's an old thread i once started on that subject:

    owner draw...
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the responses. I've read several posts by people on several forums that say you can't change the text color of a radio button. I'm not sure why people believe that because if you attach the handler function I posted above to the WM_CTLCOLOR message, it will change the text color of a radio button. I'm a beginner, and the mistake I made was to add the handler function without attaching it to WM_CTLCOLOR.

    Now, from what I gather, you cannot easily change the text color of a push button. I guess I would like to learn how to do that now, but it seems like it may be too complex.

    I figured out a how to use bitmap buttons, but I would like to learn how to change the text color on a push button--thanks for the link.
    Last edited by 7stud; 10-13-2004 at 08:26 PM.

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    Shame on me: I read 'color' and 'button' and dismissed your question as yet another 'how do I change the colour of a button' question requiring a stock 'search the board' response.

    Still, I'm glad that you have managed to find a solution for yourself and did not accept the misinformation of others (see disclaimer in my sig ).
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    well... i as far i now you can't change the color of a push button...
    so you will have you draw it yourself, to owner draw it.

    the link above points you to the right location where you can learn how to draw your own buttons and control them.
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