Control bars are attached to a frame window. They contain buttons, status panes, or a dialog template. Free-floating control bars, also called tool palettes, are implemented by attaching them to a CMiniFrameWnd object.
These control bars are an integral part of the MFC framework. They are easier to use and more powerful than the Windows control bars because they are integrated with the framework. Most MFC applications use these control bars rather than the Windows control bars.
The base class for MFC control bars listed in this section. A control bar is a window aligned to the edge of a frame window. The control bar contains either HWND-based child controls or controls not based on an HWND, such as toolbar buttons.
These control bars are thin wrappers for the corresponding Windows controls. Because they are not integrated with the framework, they are harder to use than the control bars previously listed. Most MFC applications use the control bars previously listed.