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Adding an up-down control to the main window

by Richard Russell, May 2006

The BB4W help documentation describes how to add an up-down control to a dialogue box here but doesn't tell you how to add one to the main output window.

The code below illustrates the creation of an up-down control which is 'attached' to an edit box, which is the usual way in which one is used. First install the necessary library:

        INSTALL @lib$+"WINLIB5"

Next create the edit box to which the up-down control will be attached:

        WS_BORDER = &800000
        ES_NUMBER = &2000
        hedit% = FN_editbox("", 50, 50, 80, 20, 0, WS_BORDER + ES_NUMBER)

Here the edit box is positioned at 50,50 and has a size of 80×20 pixels. The style value specifies that the box has a border and that it is a numeric-entry box.

Now we can create the up-down control itself:

        UDS_ALIGNRIGHT = 4
        hupdown% = FN_createwindow("msctls_updown32", "", 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, \
        \          UDS_ALIGNRIGHT + UDS_SETBUDDYINT, 0)

The style value specifies that the up-down control is right-aligned in the edit box and that the edit box value is automatically modified by the up-down control.

We must tell the up-down control to which edit box it is attached, over what range of values it operates, and what the initial value is:

        UDM_SETBUDDY = &469
        UDM_SETRANGE = &465
        UDM_SETPOS = &467
        SYS "SendMessage", hupdown%, UDM_SETBUDDY, hedit%, 0
        SYS "SendMessage", hupdown%, UDM_SETRANGE, 0, 50
        SYS "SendMessage", hupdown%, UDM_SETPOS, 0, 20 

Now we can access the contents of the edit box in the usual way, as documented here.

Don't forget to delete both the edit box and the up-down control when you are finished:

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adding_20an_20up-down_20control_20to_20the_20main_20window.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/17 14:56 by tbest3112