Setting static text color -- I know I'm doing something wrong

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    the Corvetter
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    Setting static text color -- I know I'm doing something wrong

    What I want to do is set the static control's text color to red. What I did was capture the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message like this:
    Code:
    case WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC:
        SetTextColor((HDC) wParam, RGB(255,0,0));
        return 0;
    So, shouldn't this change the text color of the static to red? Am I missing something or doing something wrong? Thanks

    Garfield
    1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette

  2. #2
    erstwhile
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    You have to return a valid brush handle (which you are responsible for freeing). Don't ask my why it wouldn't work as written because your code looked just fine to me.

    Code:
    //In wndproc
    static HBRUSH hbr=CreateSolidBrush(GetSysColor(COLOR_BTNFACE));
    .
    .
    .
    case WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC:
            {
            SetBkMode((HDC) wParam,TRANSPARENT);
            SetTextColor((HDC) wParam, RGB(255,0,0));
            return (LRESULT)hbr;
            }
    case WM_DESTROY:
        {
        DeleteObject(hbr);
        PostQuitMessage(0);
        return 0;
        }
    Hope that helps.

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    the Corvetter
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    The code is still not working. I'm even returning a handle to a HBRUSH type. It's not setting the text color of the static control to red. Would you like to see the code and what I'm doing?
    1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette

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    When I change the color of a static control for a hyperlink or something like that, I always do it like this:
    Code:
    HWND hControl = HWND(lParam);//handle to the control
    
    /*-------------------------------------------------*/
    case WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC: // Draw the hyperlink in blue
           switch (GetDlgCtrlID(hControl))
           {
            case IDC_HYPERLINK:
                 SetBkMode((HDC)wParam, TRANSPARENT);
                 SetTextColor((HDC)wParam, RGB(255, 0,0 ));
    		 return (LRESULT)GetStockObject(HOLLOW_BRUSH);
           }
    		break;
    I think the problem is that he doesn't know wich static control to change the color of

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    this is MFC from the MSDN i believe but it might give you some idea of how

    Code:
    HBRUSH CStaticLink::CtlColor(CDC* pDC, UINT nCtlColor) 
    { 
        ASSERT(nCtlColor == CTLCOLOR_STATIC); 
        DWORD dwStyle = GetStyle(); 
         
        HBRUSH hbr = NULL; 
        if ((dwStyle & 0xFF) <= SS_RIGHT) { 
    
            // this is a text control: set up font and colors 
            if (!(HFONT)m_font) { 
                // first time init: create font 
                LOGFONT lf; 
                GetFont()->GetObject(sizeof(lf), &lf); 
                lf.lfUnderline = TRUE; 
                m_font.CreateFontIndirect(&lf); 
            } 
    
            // use underline font and visited/unvisited colors 
            pDC->SelectObject(&m_font); 
            pDC->SetTextColor(m_color); 
            pDC->SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT); 
    
            // return hollow brush to preserve parent background color 
            hbr = (HBRUSH)::GetStockObject(HOLLOW_BRUSH); 
        } 
        return hbr; 
    }
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