It’s a specialized edit control (MFC Feature Pack VS2008) with a browse button attached to it’s right side, when we click on this button we get an open file dialog or an open folder dialog. See this sample screenshot.
Also this control allows us to implement our own event handling by overriding OnBrowse function of this class. This a cool control which I like a bit too much since I know how painful it is to get one going.
Some tips on how to make such a control…
- Handle nc calcsize event, so that you can specify size of the area that the browse button will take which in turn results in edit control resizing it’s client area to adjust the button.
- Handle nc paint to draw the button, also you have to force generate an nc calcsize message for once in the beginning.
- Handle mouse up and mouse down event.
- You should be working in VS2008 SP1 or with Feature pack installation
- Add an edit control to a dialog
- Open .h file of this dialog’s class and add a member variable – CMFCEditBrowseCtrl m_EditBrowse;
- Open .cpp file and add a call to sub class this item in DoDataExchange [sourcecode language=”cpp”]DDX_Control( pDX, IDC_EDIT_FILEBROWSE, m_EditBrowse);[/sourcecode]
- Then in OnInitDialog… [sourcecode language=”cpp”]// Note: Only one of these calls will work at a time!
m_EditBrowse.EnableFileBrowseButton(); // To show file open dialog
m_EditBrowse.EnableFolderBrowseButton(); // To show folder browse dialog
m_EditBrowse.EnableBrowseButton(); // To do custom event handling[/sourcecode]
- That’s it, now you’ve got the browse edit working. 🙂
- Note that above calls take some parameters (which has default values) look up in MSDN.
Custom event handling for browse button
Here is a small sample on how to handle custom browse button event handling, taken from MSDN samples…
[sourcecode language=”cpp”]class CMyBrowseEdit : public CMFCEditBrowseCtrl
virtual void OnBrowse()
Use SetBrowseButtonImage to change browse button image, also has an option to maintain such a bitmap or an icon. There are some more virtual functions which could be useful…
- OnDrawBrowseButton – Override to for some additional painting from your side
- OnChangeLayout – Called when browse button mode changes, i.e. from folder to file mode etc (I guess so). 🙂