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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
    - ToolTip
    - TreeView
    - UpDown

    Unicode is supported for all the stated controls.

    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.

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

    ActiveX Control versions, together with a Registration-Free (Side-by-side) solution:
    Version 1.0
    Version 1.1

    Notes:
    - When using the SetParent API, then you should pass .hWndUserControl and not .hWnd to it.
    - When changing the "Project Name", then you should have all forms open, else all properties are lost. Reason is due to the fact that the library to which the controls are referring is the "Project Name" itself. Keeping 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:
    19-Jul-2014
    - Included the GroupIcons property in the ListView control.
    - Included the Icon property of a Group in the ListView control.
    18-Jul-2014
    - Included the Hint property of a Group in the ListView control.
    16-Jul-2014
    - Included the Link property of a Group in the ListView control.
    - Included the GroupCollapsedChanged/GroupSelectedChanged/GroupLinkClick event in the ListView control.
    14-Jul-2014
    - Fixed again the CoolBar control, there were some critical mistakes done in the update from 13-Jul-2014.
      Now everything should work, especially for the fixed sized bands.
    13-Jul-2014
    - Some bugfixes in the CoolBar control.
    - Included the HitTest function in the TabStrip control.
    - Some minor improvements.
    12-Jul-2014
    - Included the GetIdealSize method in the DTPicker control.
    - 'TvwNodeRelationshipNext' now as default in the optional Relationship argument in the Add method of 'TvwNodes' and Move method of 'TvwNode'.
    10-Jul-2014
    - Included the AllowUserInput property and ParseUserInput event in the DTPicker control.
    - The internal UpDown in the DTPicker control considers now the VisualStyles property.
    - The hidden ControlsEnum property in some controls returns now 'VBRUN.ParentControls' instead of 'Object'.
    09-Jul-2014
    - Inserting a invalid picture at design time in the ImageList control does not crash the IDE anymore.
    - Several improvements/bugfixes in the ComboBoxW and ImageCombo control.
    - Renamed the SelectedTab property to 'SelectedItem' in the TabStrip control.
      Also it supports now a value of 'Nothing' to have no tab selected. ("Set TabStrip1.SelectedItem = Nothing")
    08-Jul-2014
    - Fixed a bug that the MaxTipWidth property did not work as expected in the ToolTip control.
      Also expanded the description of the property to advice following:
      - A value of -1 or 0 indicates that any width is allowed.
      - When set to -1 the text will be always single lined.
    - The internal tool tips in all concerned controls supports now multiline text. (TTM_SETMAXTIPWIDTH explicitly set to 0)
    07-Jul-2014
    - The modification done when setting the DropDownHeight property (fixed custom height of the drop-down list) in the ComboBoxW control
      can now be undone when setting again the MaxDropDownItems property. But the IntegralHeight property stays 'False'.
    06-Jul-2014
    - Included the ButtonDrag event in the ToolBar control.
    - Renamed the MeasureItem/DrawItem events to 'ItemMeasure' and 'ItemDraw' in the ComboBoxW and ListBoxW control.
    - Renamed the DroppedWidth property to 'DropDownWidth' in the ComboBoxW control.
    - Included the DropDownHeight run time property in the ComboBoxW control.
      Thus setting a custom height for the drop-down list is now possible, but:
      - Setting the DropDownHeight property resets the IntegralHeight property to false.
      - Also the MaxDropDownItems property gets not meaningful anymore.
    05-Jul-2014
    - Included the DrawMode property in the ComboBoxW and ListBoxW control.
    - Included the MeasureItem/DrawItem events in the ComboBoxW and ListBoxW control.
    - Fixed a bug in the ComboBoxW control that the DropDownHeight does not gets updated when an item was removed or all was cleared.
    03-Jul-2014
    - Added a WM_SIZE handler (to synchronize the size to the UserControl) in the ComboBoxW control.
      Thus, messages like CB_SETITEMHEIGHT with wParam -1 works now properly.
    - Included the FieldHeight property in the ComboBoxW control.
    - Included the DisableNoScroll property and some internal improvements in the ComboBoxW and ListBoxW control.
    29-Jun-2014
    - Included the CommandLink control.
    26-Jun-2014
    - The Pushed property now not read-only anymore in the CommandButtonW, CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    - Centralized the loading of the common control classes. It is necessary to replace all controls and the 'ComCtlsBase.bas'.
    25-Jun-2014
    - Included the ImageList/ImageListAlignment/ImageListMargin property in the CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    - Included the Pushed/Hot run time property in the CommandButtonW, CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    - Included the HotChanged event in the CommandButtonW, CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    24-Jun-2014
    - Improved the 'Clear' method on the class collection objects.
    - Any control names (ImageList, BuddyControl etc.) in the property bags are now stored as ANSI (Text) instead of Unicode (Byte array).
      There is no benefit with Unicode in this case as the control names are anyway not Unicode aware. Also the .frx files will be reduced by this change.
    23-Jun-2014
    - Some minor improvements on certain property bags.
    22-Jun-2014
    - Included the ImageList/ImageListAlignment/ImageListMargin property in the CommandButtonW control.
    20-Jun-2014
    - Included the panel style constant 'Kana' in the StatusBar control.
    19-Jun-2014
    - Minor internal improvements in the ProgressBar control.
    - Improvement, WM_MOUSEACTIVATE is now not handled (on design mode) when a UserControl is embedded in another UserControl.
      This is necessary for convenient dragging in design mode. (Same behavior as on the MS controls)
    18-Jun-2014
    - Included the SplitButtonGlyph property in the CommandButtonW control.
    17-Jun-2014
    - Included the ContainedControls property in the ToolBar control.
    - The ContainedControls property in the FrameW, CoolBar and ToolBar control returns now 'VBRUN.ContainedControls' instead of 'Object'.
    - The Container property is now also available when setting to a shadow object. ('Set' command)
    - Included the SplitButtonNoSplit property in the CommandButtonW control.
    15-Jun-2014
    - GDI leak bugfix in the Picture property in the CommandButtonW, CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    - Improved the bugfix in the drawing when the HideSelection property is False in the TreeView control.
    11-Jun-2014
    - Simplified and optimized the updating of the tool tip rects in the StatusBar control.
    - Improvement, no 'WithEvents' attachment needed anymore to the parent form (Intercepts Form_Load) in the MonthView control.
    10-Jun-2014
    - Included the GetIdealSize method in the CommandButtonW control.
    - Fixed a bug that the Appearance property is not considered at creation in the CommandButtonW control.
    09-Jun-2014
    - Centralized the font creation to reduce recurring codes. It is necessary to replace all controls and the 'Common.bas'.
    08-Jun-2014
    - Property Page is implemented to the ToolTip control.
    - Included the HitTest function and improved the NM_CLICK/NM_DBLCLK handler in the StatusBar control.
    07-Jun-2014
    - Property Page is implemented to the LinkLabel control.
    - Minor bugfix in the UserControl_Resize handler in the ComboBoxW control.
    04-Jun-2014
    - Internal improvements on some controls.
    - The ToolTip control does not need to subclass the parent form anymore.
    03-Jun-2014
    - Included the LinkGetTipText event and the ShowTips/VisualStyles property in the LinkLabel control.
    - The HitTest function and the Left/Top/Width/Height of a Link in the LinkLabel control
      are now also working at initialization time. (For instance in the Form_Load event)
    - The internal ToolTip in the TabStrip control considers now the VisualStyles property.
    01-Jun-2014
    - Included the ShowOpenWith function in the CommonDialog class.
    31-May-2014
    - Included the LinkLabel control. (SysLink window)
    30-May-2014
    - Included the UseSystemFont property in the ToolTip control.
    - The internal ToolTip in the Slider, StatusBar and ToolBar control considers now the VisualStyles property.
    - Other minor improvements.
    29-May-2014
    - Fixed a bug in the ButtonMenus property page section in the ToolBar control that the 'Separator' property was not saved.
    27-May-2014
    - Some internal improvements, bugfixes and enhancements in the ToolTip control.
    20-May-2014
    - Fixed a bug in the Animation control that the X and Y values in the mouse events are not in twips.
    19-May-2014
    - Optimized the Click event on all concerned controls. (Does now only fire when there was a MouseDown before)
    - Replaced the ASM Design Mode subclass to normal subclass. (As I did not encounter any stability decline with normal subclass)
      Also with this change there is no problem anymore in a potential OCX when it was compiled with "binary compatibility".
    - Improved the ToolBar control at design time. (WS_EX_TRANSPARENT added at design time)
      As the BackColor property is anyhow ignored at design time this ensures that no "black" background is drawn.
      This happened for instance when the IDE (VB6.EXE) uses the comctl32.dll version 6.0 or higher.
    18-May-2014
    - Fixed a bug in the LabelW control that the X and Y values in the mouse events are not in twips.
    15-May-2014
    - Bugfix in the MinDate/MaxDate property of the MonthView control. (does not cause crashes anymore)
    14-May-2014
    - Included the SplitButtonAlignment property in the CommandButtonW control.
    - Major bugfixes in the Slider, UpDown and SpinBox control.
      It is recommended to update at least these controls.
    - Other minor improvements.
    11-May-2014
    - The Toolbar control is now a control container like the original ToolBar control from MS is also.
    - Some internal improvements in the Slider and ProgressBar control.
    - Renamed the 'TipEnabled' property of the Slider control to 'ShowTip'.
    - Optimized the 'StrToVar' and 'VarToStr' common function.
    - Other minor improvements.
    08-May-2014
    - Enhanced the FindItem function in the ComboBoxW, ListBoxW and ListView control.
    - Included the FindItem function in the ImageCombo control.
    07-May-2014
    - Included the UseBackColor and BackColor property in the StatusBar control.
    - Included the FindItem function in the ComboBoxW and ListBoxW control.
    05-May-2014
    - Improved the HitTestInsertMark function in the ToolBar control.
    - Included the VerticalAlignment property in the CommandButtonW, CheckBoxW and OptionButtonW control.
    04-May-2014
    - Included the InsertMark and InsertMarkColor property and the HitTestInsertMark function in the ToolBar control.
    - The DroppedDown property in the CommandButtonW control is now not showing anymore in the property browser.
    - Included the HighLighted property of a Button in the ToolBar control.
    - Fixed a bug in the HighLighted property of a Tab in the TabStrip control.
    02-May-2014
    - Included the HitTest function in the ToolBar control.
    27-Apr-2014
    - Included the DroppedDown property in the CommandButtonW control.
    
    [...]
    
    11-Nov-2012
    - First release.
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    The attached file is a .rar file with a .zip extension so it could be uploaded.
    This is necessary as for a zip file there is a file limit of 500 KB.
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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 11:59 AM.

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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 12:18 PM.

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    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 10:02 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 11:24 AM.

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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 10:04 AM.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

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

    Update released.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Update released.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

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

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    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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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Edited: Remove my Post regarding Balloon tooltips, Win8 has fixed the problem.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    Confirmed it is OS problem. The balloon tooltips works perfect on Win8.

    Edited: CommonControlsEx works On Win8.
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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    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 02:17 PM.

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    Re: CommonControlsEx (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    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 05:08 AM.

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    Re: CommonControls (Replacement of the MS common controls)

    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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    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 10:27 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 01:06 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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    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
    Last edited by brandoncampbell; Mar 15th, 2013 at 02:01 PM.

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    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.
    Last edited by Krool; Apr 25th, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

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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.

    Code:
    Private Sub DrawButton(ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal hDC As Long, Button As Object)
    .....
    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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