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    CommonControls (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    This project is intended to replace the MS common controls for VB6.

    The "MSCOMCTL.OCX" (respectively "COMCTL32.OCX") can be replaced completly.
    The "MSCOMCT2.OCX" (respectively "COMCT232.OCX") can be replaced completly.
    The "RICHTX32.OCX" can be replaced completly.
    The "COMDLG32.OCX" can be replaced completly.
    The "COMCT332.OCX" can be replaced completly.
    The "MCIWNDX.OCX" (shipped with VB5) can be replaced completly.
    The "SYSINFO.OCX" can be replaced completly.

    Following controls are available at the moment:

    - Animation
    - CheckBoxW
    - ComboBoxW
    - CommandButtonW
    - CommandLink
    - CoolBar
    - CommonDialog (Class Module)
    - DTPicker
    - FrameW
    - HotKey
    - ImageCombo
    - ImageList
    - IPAddress
    - LabelW
    - LinkLabel
    - ListBoxW
    - ListView
    - MCIWnd
    - MonthView
    - OptionButtonW
    - Pager
    - ProgressBar
    - RichTextBox
    - Slider
    - SpinBox
    - StatusBar
    - SysInfo
    - TabStrip
    - TextBoxW
    - ToolBar
    - TreeView
    - UpDown

    Unicode is supported for all the stated controls. Also these are full DPI-Aware.

    At design time (IDE) there is only one dependency. (OLEGuids.tlb)
    This is a modified version of the original .tlb from the vbaccelerator website.
    But for the compiled .exe there are no dependencies, because the .tlb gets then compiled into the executable.

    Everything should be self explained, because all functions and properties have a description.

    The source code of the project can also be viewed on GitHub.

    This Demo shows of how to make the ToolBar control accessible per shortcut key on a MDIForm.

    ActiveX Control version, together with a Registration-Free (Side-by-side) solution:
    Version 1.5

    Notes:
    - When using the SetParent or MoveWindow API, pass .hWndUserControl and not .hWnd.
    - When changing the "Project Name", have all forms open, else all properties are lost. Because the library to which the controls are referring to is the "Project Name" itself. Having all forms open will ensure that the .frx files will be updated with the new "Project Name".
    - In order to trap error raises via "On Error Goto ..." or "On Error Resume Next" it is necessary to have "Break on Unhandled Errors" selected instead of "Break in Class Module" on Tools -> Options... -> General -> Error Trapping.

    List of revisions:
    Code:
    09-Dec-2017
    - Improved VTableHandle.bas so it does not crash anymore when using VBCCRxx.OCX and VBFLXGRDxx.OCX in paralell. (concerns ActiveX control only)
    24-Nov-2017
    - ClipControls property set to True in the Pager control's UserControl properties.
    21-Nov-2017
    - Bugfix in the PPStatusBarPanels/PPToolBarButtons/PPCoolBarBands property page that the ForeColor property could perhaps not be applied.
      It is also necessary to replace SbrPanelProperties/TbrButtonProperties/CbrBandProperties class module.
    04-Nov-2017
    - Bugfix "DPI Aware" in the StatusBar control. (Panel.MinWidth)
      Also the StatusBar control does not crash anymore in the VBA environment.
    27-Oct-2017
    - Again minor tweaks to run better in the VBA environment. (meaningful for OCX only)
    - Included 'ToolTipText' parameter in the .ListSubItems.Add method in the ListView control.
    22-Oct-2017
    - Included the 'Exists' function in the class collections.
      The function returns True if the specified index or key exists in a collection.
    20-Oct-2017
    - Minor tweaks to run better in the VBA environment. (meaningful for OCX only)
    06-Oct-2017
    - GDI leak fixed in the ImageList control.
    03-Oct-2017
    - Bugfix in the VerticalGripper property in the CoolBar control.
    - Bugfix that the HideCaption property of a Band was not written to the property bag in the CoolBar control.
    - The ForeColor property is not anymore ignored when visual styles are applied in the CoolBar control.
      This improvement works only on Vista+ (minimum comctl32.dll 6.1).
      Also a glitch on a vertical orientation CoolBar with VerticalGripper property set to True got fixed. (even in Windows XP)
      These enhancements can be switched off by the conditional compilation constant 'ImplementThemedReBarFix'.
    02-Oct-2017
    - Included the DoubleBuffer property in the CoolBar control.
    - Some other minor internal improvements.
    29-Sep-2017
    - Performance improvement in the ToolBar control. This was done internally at some points by invalidating instead of refreshing.
    28-Sep-2017
    - Bugfix in the SelFontName property in the RichTextBox control.
    23-Sep-2017
    - The FrameW control supports now the WM_PRINTCLIENT message.
      This is necessary so a WM_PRINT message with PRF_CLIENT can be sent to the FrameW control via SendMessage.
    22-Sep-2017
    - Included the DoubleBuffer property in the StatusBar control that reduces flicker significantly.
    - Improved the DoubleBuffer property in the ToolBar control.
      The BackColor and Transparent property will work now even if double-buffering is used.
    21-Sep-2017
    - Included the Change event in the ProgressBar control.
    - Included DataBinding to the ProgressBar control. (Value property)
    - Included the ShowInTaskBar property in the ProgressBar control.
      Functions 'SetTaskBarProgressState', 'SetTaskBarProgressValue' and enum 'PrbTaskBarStateConstants' therefore has been removed.
    - Some other minor internal improvements.
    20-Sep-2017
    - Renamed enum constant 'PrbStateInProgress' to 'PrbStateNormal' (State property) in the ProgressBar control.
    - Removed the Marquee property as it got replaced by the new enum constant 'PrbScrollingMarquee' (Scrolling property) in the ProgressBar control.
    16-Sep-2017
    - Major internal improvement in the ListView control. Like the MS ListView the texts are now set with LPSTR_TEXTCALLBACK.
      So the strings are saved only in the Class and not also in the ListView itself.
      The memory usage is now much less, at the expense of slightly slower display time. (Negligible)
    14-Sep-2017
    - Less flickering in the ToolBar control and some minor internal improvements in the ListView control.
    - Internal improvement in the CommonDialog class. (meaningful for the ActiveX Version)
    13-Sep-2017
    - Included the ResetForeColors method in the ListView and TreeView control.
    10-Sep-2017
    - Tiny bugfix that the ListSubItems now display the default ForeColor of the ListView when not set explicitly.
    09-Sep-2017
    - Graphical style CommandButtonW, CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW controls will not be drawn themed anymore when the VisualStyles property is set to False.
      Therefore VisualStyles.bas got improved to draw themed only when the GetWindowTheme API returned <> 0.
    06-Sep-2017
    - Bugfix that UserControl_ReadProperties crashes in the LabelW control. (related to 02-Sep-2017 update)
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the IPAddress control.
    05-Sep-2017
    - Included the FindSubItem function in the ListView control.
    02-Sep-2017
    - The Font properties are not written to the property bags anymore when it equals to Ambient.Font.
      Included new function OLEFontIsEqual in Common.bas.
    30-Aug-2017
    - Renamed the Border property to 'BorderStyle' in the CoolBar control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the CoolBar control.
    - Included the BandMouseEnter/BandMouseLeave event in the CoolBar control.
      This enables more specific handling of a single band instead of the global MouseEnter/MouseLeave event.
    29-Aug-2017
    - Bugfix that the Alignment property of a ColumnHeader returned always 0 in the ListView control.
      This happened because LVCFMT_LEFT is defined as &H0 and was checked first. Now the check order is reversed and begins with LVCFMT_CENTER.
    - The PictureAlignment property will be adjusted now when changing the RightToLeft property in the FrameW control. (like the Alignment property)
    28-Aug-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the SpinBox control.
    27-Aug-2017
    - Included the PictureAlignment property in the FrameW control.
    26-Aug-2017
    - Alpha (32bpp) icons now drawn correctly per DrawIconEx instead of Picture.Render.
      Affected are the FrameW (Picture), StatusBar (Picture of Panel) and ImageList (Images Property Page) control.
    25-Aug-2017
    - Included the Picture property in the FrameW control.
    23-Aug-2017
    - Bugfix in the Font property in the FrameW control. (related to 03-Jul-2017 update)
    - Internal improvement in the ToolBar and CoolBar control.
    - Some other minor internal improvements.
    22-Aug-2017
    - Included the Scroll event in the ComboBoxW and ImageCombo control.
      Like in the ListBoxW control it will be fired whenever the TopIndex have been changed, either by code or by user action.
    21-Aug-2017
    - Included the EndLabelEdit method in the TreeView and ListView control.
    - Included the UseShortestDayNames property in the MonthView control.
    - Included the CalendarUseShortestDayNames property in the DTPicker control.
    20-Aug-2017
    - Internal improvement in the LinkLabel control.
    16-Aug-2017
    - Some minor internal improvements related to 15-Aug-2017 update.
    15-Aug-2017
    - Internal improvement on all controls which do internal resizing to certain boundaries, e.g. MonthView control.
      Full elimination of UserControl.Size method, even if DPICorrectionFactor() equals 1.
    14-Aug-2017
    - Internal improvement in the TreeView and ListView control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the Pager and MCIWnd control.
    13-Aug-2017
    - Included the DblClick event in the ProgressBar control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the StatusBar control.
    12-Aug-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the TreeView and ListView control.
    11-Aug-2017
    - Included the DblClick event in the HotKey control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the HotKey and TextBoxW control.
    10-Aug-2017
    - Bugfix of the X/Y param in the MouseDown/MouseMove/MouseUp event on controls with child windows, e.g. edit control.
      Affected are the IPAddress, ComboBoxW, ImageCombo, SpinBox and DTPicker control.
    09-Aug-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the ComboBoxW and ImageCombo control.
    08-Aug-2017
    - Included the ButtonMouseEnter/ButtonMouseLeave event in the ToolBar control.
      This enables more specific handling of a single button instead of the global MouseEnter/MouseLeave event.
    07-Aug-2017
    - Bugfix in the NewDevice write-only property in the MCIWnd control.
      That property will not be shown anymore in the property browser. (before an error on control creation could be raised on certain systems)
    - The HelpContextID and WhatsThisHelpID property is now also available when setting to a shadow object. ('Set' command)
      Affected are almost all controls. (one or both properties)
    06-Aug-2017
    - Included the HelpContextID property in the FrameW control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the FrameW control.
    05-Aug-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the DTPicker and MonthView control.
    30-Jul-2017
    - Changed the GetRowCount function to a RowCount property in the CoolBar control. (like in the original MS control)
    - Renamed the ChevronPushed event to 'BandChevronPushed' in the CoolBar control.
      Also included the BandBeforeDrag and BandAfterDrag event.
    28-Jul-2017
    - Bugfix "DPI Aware" in the ListBoxW control. (Font and IntegralHeight)
    27-Jul-2017
    - Internal "DPI Aware" improvements on certain controls.
      Improved the functions PixelsPerDIP_X/PixelsPerDIP_Y in Common.bas.
    26-Jul-2017
    - Bugfixes related to 25-Jul-2017 update in the TabStrip, ToolBar and CoolBar control.
    25-Jul-2017
    - Pixels in property bags are now treated as DIPs. (Device-independent pixels)
      There is no compatibility break in the property bags when there were saved at 100% (96) DPI.
      Included new functions PixelsPerDIP_X/PixelsPerDIP_Y in Common.bas.
      This "DPI Aware" enhancement affects the TabStrip, ToolBar, Pager and CoolBar control.
    23-Jul-2017
    - Bugfix that the checked state of the last item was unchecked when inserting a new item in a Checkbox Style ListBoxW control.
    19-Jul-2017
    - Included DataBinding to the SpinBox control. (Value property)
    - Internal improvement in the ImageCombo control when using comctl32.dll version 5.8x.
    18-Jul-2017
    - The DataChanged property works now also without DataBinding in all concerned controls.
    - Included DataBinding to the Slider control. (Value property)
    14-Jul-2017
    - Black horizontal line on top of FrameW control fixed. (did happen only when placed a windowless control on it)
    - Bugfix related to 13-Jul-2017 update in the ListBoxW control.
    - UpDown control no longer a 'ControlContainer'. (was set by error)
    13-Jul-2017
    - Major internal improvement in the VTableHandle.bas
      It is necessary to replace also all controls. (.ctl)
      Improvement is that no workaround is necessary anymore when a control is embedded into another UserControl.
    - Some other minor internal improvements.
    03-Jul-2017
    - Major internal improvement in the FrameW control. The rendering is now done directly, without resorting to BS_GROUPBOX window.
      The code is now more compact and more efficient, other side benefits are:
      - ForeColor property can also be used when visual styles are in use
      - Transparent property works also on design-time
      Also renamed the Border property to 'BorderStyle' in the FrameW control. (like in the original MS control) 
    01-Jul-2017
    - Included the LinkMouseEnter/LinkMouseLeave event in the LinkLabel control.
      This enables more specific handling of a single link instead of the global MouseEnter/MouseLeave event.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the TabStrip control.
    27-Jun-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the UpDown control.
    25-Jun-2017
    - If the ResizableColumnHeaders property is set to False the CTRL+ key stroke will be discarded in the ListView control.
      CTRL+ is used by SysListView32 to resize all columns.
    23-Jun-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the ListBoxW and ToolBar control.
    - Included the AnchorHot property in the ToolBar control.
      It indicates if the currently hot button will remain hot even if the user moves the mouse out of the control.
    19-Jun-2017
    - Internal improvement in the StatusBar control.
    18-Jun-2017
    - ScrollToLine method does not change anymore the selection or caret position in the TextBoxW and RichTextBox control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the CommandLink control.
    10-Jun-2017
    - Modified OLEGuids.tlb as following: (compiled with same uuid)
      - Included interface ISpecifyPropertyPages.
      Unregister to old OLEGuids.tlb is not necessary, just overwrite the file.
    01-Jun-2017
    - Improved the AutoSize property in the LabelW control. (it now even works during Form_Load)
    31-May-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the ProgressBar control.
    - Internal improvement in the TabStrip control.
    29-May-2017
    - Internal improvement in the MonthView and DTPicker control.
    25-May-2017
    - Bugfix related to 17-Apr-2017 update in the RichTextBox control.
    23-May-2017
    - The default value of 'WordWrap' is now False instead of True in the LabelW control. (like in the original MS control)
    - Major internal improvement (can also be called bugfix) in the InPlaceActiveObject VTable subclass.
      It is necessary to replace VTableHandle.bas and VTableSubclass.cls
    19-May-2017
    - PropertyPages are now supported with CausesValidation on mouse activation.
      Removed 'GetUserControlTopParent' and included new 'GetTopUserControl' function in Common.bas
      Included 'VTableInterfaceSupported' function in VTableHandle.bas
      Included 'ComCtlsTopParentValidateControls' function in ComCtlsBase.bas
    17-May-2017
    - Bugfix of the bugfix in node deletion in the TreeView control.
      Now all node objects (recursion) related to a parent node are removed. (children, grandchildren and so on)
    16-May-2017
    - Critical bugfix in node deletion in the TreeView control.
      Now the child node objects are removed when removing a parent node object.
    - Internal improvement in the IPAddress, ComboBoxW, ImageCombo control.
    - Bugfix in the WM_MOUSEACTIVATE handler in the ListView control. (effects the filter edit control)
    14-May-2017
    - Renamed GetUserControlParentForm function to GetUserControlTopParent. (which was included on 13-May-2017 update.)
      That function is now improved. It is now a safe function when used outside of VB6, e.g. IE, VBA etc. (tested)
      So only in VB6 environment it returns a VB.Form, else Nothing. (without crash)
    13-May-2017
    - Internal improvement on all controls concerning CausesValidation on mouse activation.
      For the ActiveX version this improvement is actually an important bugfix as it was broken there.
    05-May-2017
    - Picture's himetric to pixel conversions are now "DPI Aware".
      VB's UserControl.ScaleX/Y with vbHimetric/vbPixel is broken on exotic or very large DPI settings. 
      Included new functions CHimetricToPixel_X/CHimetricToPixel_Y in Common.bas.
    30-Apr-2017
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    29-Apr-2017
    - Internal improvement in the ComboBoxW and ListBoxW control.
    21-Apr-2017
    - Internal improvement in the LabelW control.
    20-Apr-2017
    - ScrollBars property can now also be changed at run-time in the RichTextBox control. (like in the TextBoxW control)
    19-Apr-2017
    - Internal improvement in the Slider control.
    - Included the MouseEnter/MouseLeave event and MouseTrack property in the Slider control.
    
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    11-Nov-2012
    - First release.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    What is the benefit of using these over the existing controls?

    Does each control have the same properties? Do they have new properties?
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    The benefit is that these controls are linked to the comctl32.dll, that means they support the latest API calls, functions, properties and visual styles (themes).

    The existing common controls 6.0 from MS are not linked to the comctl32.dll, so they doesn't support the visual styles (themes).
    Reason why: The controls of the comct32.dll are compiled directly into the common controls 6.0 from MS, but as of state of a old version of comctl32.dll

    Only the common controls 5.0 from MS are linked to the comctl32.dll, but the COM hull is very old and so they have a leak of the latest functions and properties. Also controls like the DTPicker, MonthView or UpDown are not included.
    Last edited by Krool; Feb 28th, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Quote Originally Posted by Krool View Post
    The benefit is that these controls are linked to the comctl32.dll, that means they support the latest API calls, functions, properties and visual styles (themes).

    The existing common controls 6.0 from MS are not linked to the comctl32.dll, so they doesn't support the visual styles (themes).
    Reason why: The controls of the comct32.dll are compiled directly into the common controls 6.0 from MS, but as of state of a old version of comctl32.dll

    Only the common controls 5.0 from MS are linked to the comctl32.dll, but the COM hull is very old and so they have a leak of the latest functions and properties. Also controls like the DTPicker, MonthView or UpDown are not included.
    Can you please change the OLEGuids.tlb to a new name to avoid conflicts with my existing OLEGuids.tlb in system32 folder?

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    Excellent work!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hack View Post
    What is the benefit of using these over the existing controls?

    Does each control have the same properties? Do they have new properties?
    In addition to what Krool stated, some folks, myself included, prefer that their apps have no dependencies whatsoever.

    The controls have most of the necessary (similarly named) properties and methods and many of them have some new ones as well (the VisualStyles property for instance).

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonney View Post
    Can you please change the OLEGuids.tlb to a new name to avoid conflicts with my existing OLEGuids.tlb in system32 folder?
    Open CommonControlsEx.vbp in any text editor and edit this line:

    Code:
    Reference=*\G{5B1EACE0-EDEB-11E1-AFF1-0800200C9A66}#1.0#0#..\..\..\..\WINDOWS\system32\OLEGuids.tlb#OLE Guid and interface definitions
    to:

    Code:
    Reference=*\G{5B1EACE0-EDEB-11E1-AFF1-0800200C9A66}#1.0#0#OLEGuids\OLEGuids.tlb#OLE Guid and interface definitions
    On Local Error Resume Next: If Not Empty Is Nothing Then Do While Null: ReDim i(True To False) As Currency: Loop: Else Debug.Assert CCur(CLng(CInt(CBool(False Imp True Xor False Eqv True)))): Stop: On Local Error GoTo 0
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonney View Post
    Can you please change the OLEGuids.tlb to a new name to avoid conflicts with my existing OLEGuids.tlb in system32 folder?
    You can just rename the file "OLEGuids.tlb" at your own, for example to "OLEGuids2.tlb"
    That is no problem, because the uuid and library name differs from the original. They can co-exist without conflicts.
    You just need to re-register it in the IDE. (Project -> References... -> Browse for file)
    Last edited by Krool; Nov 12th, 2012 at 01:18 PM.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Quote Originally Posted by Krool View Post
    You can just rename the file "OLEGuids.tlb" at your own, for example to "OLEGuids2.tlb"
    That is no problem, because the uuid and library name differs from the original. They can co-exist without conflicts.
    You just need to re-register it in the IDE. (Project -> References... -> Browse for file)
    Thanks. I understood.
    If you can add Unicode support, then those control can be used on PC with whatever locale setting.
    How about others control built by CreateWindowEx such as Listview/Treeview? Listview support more new features such as Grouping now.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.
    Last edited by Krool; Dec 15th, 2012 at 11:02 AM.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Thanks for the update!
    On Local Error Resume Next: If Not Empty Is Nothing Then Do While Null: ReDim i(True To False) As Currency: Loop: Else Debug.Assert CCur(CLng(CInt(CBool(False Imp True Xor False Eqv True)))): Stop: On Local Error GoTo 0
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.

    All controls support now Unicode and some other minor improvements are done.
    Last edited by Krool; Dec 15th, 2012 at 12:24 PM.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Quote Originally Posted by Krool View Post
    Update released.

    All controls support now Unicode and some other minor improvements are done.
    Fairly support Unicode.
    But because of nature of MS BUTTON, it doesn't an unicode compatible control.
    Never mind, just leave this because it's hard to fully support Unicode for a Command button.

    DrawText hDC, StrPtr(Button.Caption), -1, RectText, DT_CALCRECT Or DT_WORDBREAK
    Button.Caption can never be held Unicode string, internal conversion has been done before you call DrawTextW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonney View Post
    Button.Caption can never be held Unicode string, internal conversion has been done before you call DrawTextW.
    This function will retrieve any button's caption, even if VB displays their Unicode captions as ?????.

    Code:
    Private Declare Function DefWindowProcW Lib "user32.dll" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal uMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, ByVal lParam As Long) As Long
    
    Private Function GetCaption(ByRef oButton As Object) As String
        Const WM_GETTEXT = &HD&, WM_GETTEXTLENGTH = &HE&
        Dim Button_hWnd As Long
    
        On Error GoTo 1
        Button_hWnd = oButton.hWnd
        GetCaption = Space$(DefWindowProcW(Button_hWnd, WM_GETTEXTLENGTH, 0&, 0&))
        DefWindowProcW Button_hWnd, WM_GETTEXT, Len(GetCaption) + 1&, StrPtr(GetCaption)
    1   On Error GoTo 0
    End Function
    VB's Button controls (CommandButton, CheckBox or OptionButton) can actually contain Unicode captions (via DefWindowProcW + WM_SETTEXT). VB doesn't display them properly though.
    On Local Error Resume Next: If Not Empty Is Nothing Then Do While Null: ReDim i(True To False) As Currency: Loop: Else Debug.Assert CCur(CLng(CInt(CBool(False Imp True Xor False Eqv True)))): Stop: On Local Error GoTo 0
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.
    Last edited by Krool; Dec 15th, 2012 at 11:04 AM.

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    Update released.
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    Update released.
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    Thanks for including the StatusBar control!
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.
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    Update released.
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    Update released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krool View Post
    Update released.
    Thank you for consistent update.

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    Good Work!

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    its really an amazing work,god bless you.Bro can you add listview and treeview with displayable unicode support?
    it will great achievment if it possible

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    Edited: Remove my Post regarding Balloon tooltips, Win8 has fixed the problem.
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    Confirmed it is OS problem. The balloon tooltips works perfect on Win8.

    Edited: CommonControlsEx works On Win8.
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    Update released.

    ListView control is added.

    Groups and 'Tile' View are for the moment not included.
    It can replace 100% the ListView from „MSCOMCTL.OCX". (Exception: ToolTipText of the ListSubItems)
    But it has also many properties, methods and events more than the original.
    Last edited by Krool; Feb 3rd, 2013 at 03:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krool View Post
    Update released.

    ListView control is added.

    Groups and 'Tile' View are for the moment not included.
    It can replace 100% the ListView from „MSCOMCTL.OCX". (Exception: ToolTipText of the ListSubItems)
    But it has also many properties, methods and events more than the original.
    Thank you for additional Listview.
    From Vista/Win7,MS added lots of new features into Listview, such as enhanced grouping, Checkbox on Header,etc.
    Please consider adding checkbox and Text Edit for subitems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonney View Post
    Please consider adding checkbox and Text Edit for subitems.
    The comctl32.dll does not provide the ability to edit the labels of the subitems.
    Last edited by Krool; Feb 6th, 2013 at 06:08 AM.

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    Update released.

    ImageList control is completly rewritten. (It is not compatible with the previous version)

    It works now like the original ImageList from MS but with some improvements, for example that the Style flag of the ListImages Draw method can be combined with multiples styles. (That was not possible in the original ImageList from MS) or that the Overlay function returns an icon instead of a bitmap or that the BackColor can be turned on or off (UseBackColor property).

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    Re: CommonControls (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Awesome work! I am by far not knocking the work but asking a question.. Is the tab control text a little too far to the right?
    Last edited by brandoncampbell; Feb 26th, 2013 at 11:27 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandoncampbell View Post
    Is the tab control text a little too far to the right?
    I noticed that too. I think that is due to the new appearance of Windows 7.
    Last edited by Krool; Feb 27th, 2013 at 02:06 AM.

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    I think it has something to do with Mnemonics if you don't put the _ before the text it looks fine.

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    I must say I'm truly impressed. Were I still using VB6, this would have been an incredible source of knowledge. I tended to write alot of my own controls(I still do in VB.Net) and I always want to learn as much as possible about creating them. I thought I had a good handle on it it but one glance at your source code, and even what you described about them being linked to ComCtl32.Dll showed me just how little I actually knew about control authoring in VB6. I tip my hat to you sir.
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    Re: CommonControls (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.

    ImageCombo control is added.

    The biggest advantage is that you can set the style property. ('DropDownCombo', 'DropDownList' or 'SimpleCombo')
    That was not possible on the original ImageCombo control. (It was always as 'DropDownCombo')
    Also new is the 'ItemDrag' event, similar to the one used in the ListView control.

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    Nice work dude
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    Cool Re: CommonControls (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Very, very good work. Many thanks to you. I do not like to link to Microsofts Ocx-files (Mscommctl.....). With your controls i don't need that. My exe work so without registrations on every PC. And: i can do more things. I can change the WM_PAINT - message to what i will. I can change the colors, i can add a picture, i can paint the control. I must only change your code a little bit. Awsome.
    Thank you very much!!!!!

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    Update released.
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    Update released.

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    Thank you for the work - it's a lovely change CommonControls.
    I have one problem, very often crashes when you compile an application (even an example), and the exe-file is created. And sometimes crashes when you press End in the course of the program.
    It would be nice if the progress bar for added display of progress on the taskbar. An example can be found here http://sourceforge.net/p/audica/code...skBarList3.cls

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    Also for the beautiful subsclassing commandbutton think it will be good to make changes if there is a caption and a picture, you have the image on the left and the caption to the left of the picture. So the picture will not be imposed on the text.

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    Private Sub DrawButton(ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal hDC As Long, Button As Object)
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    If Not Button.Caption = vbNullString Or Len(Button.Caption) > 0 Then
        Set ButtonFont = Button.Font
        FontOld = SelectObject(hDC, ButtonFont.hFont)
        RectText = RectClient
        DrawText hDC, StrPtr(Button.Caption), -1, RectText, DT_CALCRECT Or DT_WORDBREAK
        RectText.Right = RectClient.Right
        If ButtonPic Is Nothing Then
            RectText.Left = RectClient.Left
            RectText.Top = ((RectClient.Bottom - RectText.Bottom) / 2) + 3
            RectText.Bottom = RectText.Top + RectText.Bottom
        Else
            RectText.Left = CInt(Button.Parent.ScaleX(ButtonPic.Width, vbHimetric, vbPixels)) + 4
            'RectText.Top = RectClient.Top '(RectClient.Bottom - RectText.Bottom) + 1
            RectText.Top = (((RectClient.Bottom - RectClient.Top) - (RectText.Bottom - RectText.Top)) / 2) + RectClient.Top
            RectText.Bottom = RectClient.Bottom
        End If
        DrawThemeText Theme, hDC, 1, ButtonState, StrPtr(Button.Caption), -1, DT_CENTER Or DT_WORDBREAK, 0, RectText
        SelectObject hDC, FontOld
    End If
    CloseThemeData Theme
    If Not ButtonPic Is Nothing Then
        W = CInt(Button.Parent.ScaleX(ButtonPic.Width, vbHimetric, vbPixels))
        H = CInt(Button.Parent.ScaleY(ButtonPic.Height, vbHimetric, vbPixels))
        If Not Button.Caption = vbNullString Or Len(Button.Caption) > 0 Then
            X = RectClient.Left
            'Y = RectClient.Top ' + ((RectClient.Bottom - RectClient.Left - H) / 2)
            Y = (((RectClient.Bottom - RectClient.Top) - H) / 2) + RectClient.Top
        Else
            RectClient.Bottom = RectText.Top
            X = RectClient.Left + ((RectClient.Right - RectClient.Left - W) / 2)
            Y = RectClient.Top + ((RectClient.Bottom - RectClient.Left - H) / 2)
        End If
        If Enabled = True Then
            If Button.UseMaskColor = True Then
                Call DrawTransparentPicture(ButtonPic, hDC, X, Y, W, H, WinColor(Button.MaskColor))
            Else
                ButtonPic.Render hDC, X, Y + H, W, -H, 0, 0, ButtonPic.Width, ButtonPic.Height, ByVal 0
            End If
        Else
            Call DrawDisabledPicture(ButtonPic, hDC, X, Y, W, H, WinColor(Button.MaskColor))
        End If
    End If

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    Re: CommonControls (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    sleeeeeeeeeeeeeek

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