Visual Studio 2005 API Question

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    Visual Studio 2005 API Question

    Hey,

    My VS2005 by default makes a call to MessageBoxW() instead of the standard MessageBox(), this means i have to use TEXT() with the 2nd and 3rd parameters. Is this the correct way/standard of using message boxes now? Or is there an option somewhere to use the old function, im a bit confused over how this works I assume its to do with unicode can anyone explain?

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    Hi

    Hello,

    I have VC++ express and noticed the same thing. One thing you could do is use typecasting, i.e. (LPCWSTR)char* something;

    Or else, you could do this use, MessageBoxA() function rather than MessageBox() function which calls MessageBoxW().

    Third thing you could do is open winuser.h from the platform SDK, and change this line,

    Code:
    #define MessageBox  MessageBoxW
    to this,
    Code:
    #define MessageBox  MessageBoxA
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    Last edited by SleeK GeeK; 02-03-2006 at 11:05 PM.

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    My VS2005 by default makes a call to MessageBoxW() instead of the standard MessageBox()
    There is no such function as MessageBox(). MessageBox() is just a macro to either MessageBoxA() or MessageBoxW(). The 'A' and 'W' stand for ASCII and Wide Character. MessageBox() is defined as MessageBoxA() unless UNICODE is defined in which case it is defined as MessageBoxW(). You have UNICODE defined in your project, look in your project settings.

    Oh, and please disregard everything Sleek Geek said. If you ever resort to editing window header files to solve your programming problems, then it is time to pick up a new hobby.

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    sadly, I've seen highly paid consultants result to doing things like that...
    They change standard library behaviour to make something work, then leave without telling anyone.

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    Thanks guys that makes sense.
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    For VS2005 go to the project properties and click on Configuration Propertys and change the character set from Use Unicode Character Set to Use multi-byte character set.
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