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    check mark in menu

    hey, i know how to get a menuitem checked to start off with...but how do i add a check next to an item in the menu while the program is running? my brain is failing as i type this, but like in your menu, if you clicked on a property that sets something, such as bold (random example), then it would put a checkmark next to it to indicated its selected / clicked / active / whatever.

    how do i set the check mark when the menuitem it clicked while the program is running? lol thanks
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    ....how bout the CheckMenuItem Function ?

    *slaps forehead*
    but some usage is always nice. anyone have that?


    also - the default font for static controls (created with CreateWindowEx) its like..big and kinda bold. is that changeable? then lastly, if i have a static control (again, created with CreateWindowEx) and i dont add any text when i create it, can i add text when something happens? if so, how? thanks guys.
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    If you want to add text or modify text of a static control and you don't want to keep it's handle in memory you must give it an id so you can retrieve it with GetDlgItem, send a WM_SETTEXT message to the control. To set the font of a static control send it a WM_SETFONT message and to make it easy you are usually safe using GetStockObject ( DEFAULT_GUI_FONT ) ;

    For menu stuff you can also use InsertMenuItem which is much more flexible, MENUITEMINFO .fState should have MF_CHECKED set. To modify the state and information of a menu item call SetMenuItemInfo.
    Code:
    MENUITEMINFO itemInfo ;
    itemInfo.cbSize = sizeof ( MENUITEMINFO ) ;
    itemInfo.fMask = MIIM_ID | MIIM_STATE | MIIM_STRING | MIIM_FTYPE ;
    itemInfo.fType = MFT_STRING ;
    itemInfo.fState = MF_ENABLED | MF_CHECKED ;
    itemInfo.wID = IDM_MENUITEM1 ;
    itemInfo.dwTypeData = "Item String" ;
    InsertMenuItem (
    					hMenu,
    					0,
    					TRUE,
    					&itemInfo
    				) ;

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    mm...the menu code, adds "Item String" in the first spot of the menu, so then it jumps in the "File" menu's position and moves everything down. i just want to add a check mark, lol here's the code for my menu:
    Code:
    ID_TEMPCONV_MENU MENU
    BEGIN
         POPUP "&File"
         BEGIN
              MENUITEM "C&lear", ID_FILE_CLEAR
              MENUITEM SEPARATOR
              MENUITEM "&Close", ID_FILE_CLOSE
         END
         POPUP "&Units"
         BEGIN
              POPUP "&Fahrenheit"
              BEGIN
                   MENUITEM "to Cel&sius", ID_UNITS_FTOC
                   MENUITEM "to Kel&vin", ID_UNITS_FTOK
              END
              POPUP "&Celcius"
              BEGIN
                   MENUITEM "to F&ahrenheit", ID_UNITS_CTOF
                   MENUITEM "to Kel&vin", ID_UNITS_CTOK
              END
              POPUP "&Kelvin"
              BEGIN
                   MENUITEM "to F&ahrenheit", ID_UNITS_KTOF
                   MENUITEM "to Cel&sius", ID_UNITS_KTOC
              END
         END
         POPUP "&Help"
         BEGIN
              MENUITEM "&About...", ID_HELP_ABOUT
         END
    END
    i just want to add a check mark to the "to ..." part, but if theres a check mark somewhere else, it has to go away. thanks for the help!
    i'm prly staring at the answer but dont know it..*shrug* any more help? its greatly appreciated thanks


    also - this is the stuff with the fonts i was talking about. the first screeny is of the program i made in VB .Net, the second the program made in C. i would like the C program's fonts to be like those of the program in VB .Net and am hopeing its not very complicated? :-[ thanks^2!
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...5/vbdotnet.jpg (13.69 kB)
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/anarchy85/c.jpg (15.88 kB)
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    Use CheckMenuItem like so:-
    Code:
    CheckMenuItem(hmenu, ID_UNITS_FTOC, MF_CHECKED);
    Use MF_UNCHECKED to remove check.

    For default GUI font, as in your VB.NET example:-
    Code:
    HFONT hfont;
    
    hfont = GetStockObject(DEFAULT_GUI_FONT);
    // Send this message to each control
    SendMessage(hwnd, WM_SETFONT, 0, (LPARAM)hfont);
    And when you want to change the text displayed by a control:-
    Code:
    SendMessage(hwnd, WM_SETTEXT, 0, (LPARAM)"Hello");

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    idk why..but uh, checkmenuitem doesn't check the menu item. lol

    hfont doesn't change the font. maybe i can create one? like 10 pt times new roman (weight) thin ?

    thanks i found that out...along with SendDlgItemMessage()


    also, this code does nothing
    Code:
                  HFONT hfont;
                  int nHeight = 10, nWidth, nEscapement = 0, nOrientation = 0, fnWeight = 100;
                  hfont = CreateFont (
                          nHeight,                 // height of font
                          0,                       // average character width
                          nEscapement,             // angle of escapement
                          nOrientation,            // base-line orientation angle
                          fnWeight,                // font weight
                          FALSE,                   // italic attribute option
                          FALSE,                   // underline attribute option
                          FALSE,                   // strikeout attribute option
                          DEFAULT_CHARSET,         // character set identifier
                          OUT_DEFAULT_PRECIS,      // output precision
                          CLIP_DEFAULT_PRECIS,     // clipping precision
                          DEFAULT_QUALITY,         // output quality
                          DEFAULT_PITCH,           // pitch and family
                          null               // typeface name
                          );
                  // Send this message to each control
                  SendMessage(hwnd, WM_SETFONT, 0, (LPARAM)hfont);
                  DeleteObject(hfont);
    *is clueless*
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    They should work (I use them all on a regular basis), how are you using CheckMenuItem?

    Try using this:-
    Code:
    CheckMenuItem(GetMenu(hwnd), ID_UNITS_FTOC, MF_CHECKED);
    Just to make sure that you're passing the window's menu handle.

    And where I say "send this message to each control", you have to ensure that you're changing the window handle for each control, i.e.:-
    Code:
    SendMessage(hwndEdit1, WM_SETFONT, 0, (LPARAM)hfont);
    SendMessage(hwndEdit2, WM_SETFONT, 0, (LPARAM)hfont);
    ...

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    mm..i'm giving up for now and going to bed so i can try working on it later because i think that may be prohibiting it from working right. but i still couldn't get things to work right.

    haha...yea..oops. i was putting the code for FTOC in the case for FTOK..*slaps forehead*
    ..ouch..
    anyways, the font thing - i'm still clueless about that i'll upload my code in a min. as a zip file (for the .c, .h, and .rc files) but the location will be: http://www.angelfire.com/linux/shibb...converter.html

    thanks for the help


    also..whats the easiest way to keep track of which menu items are checked? i dont think it would be good coding to uncheck every menu item when you check one..?
    Last edited by willc0de4food; 08-08-2005 at 07:09 AM.
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