confused about adding controls to main window

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    Talking confused about adding controls to main window

    hello,
    i'm trying to learn the win32 api with a tutorial, we made a lot of exercises with dialogBoxes to learn the windows controls(buttons,editBox,etc),. the typical application is:

    an empty main window with a menu where you click it and displays a dialog box with some controls, this dialog box and its controls is made in a .rc file.
    ok i cant find a way to "add" some controls to the "main" application window without the use of dialog's, you can add controls to the main window only created at runtime??
    thanks for any help or ligth where i should look for this kind of sample how to add buttons, edit boxes etc to a "main window" that has not dialog boxes

    in other words i need a simple window with a button in it and when you click that button something happens, i know how to create the window, etc but cant figure out how to add that button

    thanks for any help, and please excuse my poor english
    Last edited by terracota; 11-23-2004 at 02:35 PM.

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    Just use CreateWindowEx to create any additional controls as and when you need them.

    You might find it useful to read up on windows and controls.
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    so, you cant add a button created in a resource file .rc to the main window ? you just can add it or create it with the CreateWindowEx()?

    thanks for reply

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    Not dynamically. One workaround is to make the controls initially invisible in the resource script (no WS_VISIBLE style) and then make them visible with ShowWindow when you need to.
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    thanks thats exactly im looking for

    thanks for help

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