Controls are objects that users can interact with to enter or manipulate data. They commonly appear in dialog boxes or on toolbars. This topic family covers three main kinds of controls:
Windows common controls, including owner-drawn controls
Other control classes supplied by the Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC)
The Windows operating system has always provided a number of Windows common controls. These control objects are programmable, and the Visual C++ dialog editor supports adding them to your dialog boxes. The Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC) supplies classes that encapsulate each of these controls, as shown in the table Windows Common Controls and MFC Classes. (Some items in the table have related topics that describe them further. For controls that lack topics, see the documentation for the MFC class.)
Class CWnd is the base class of all window classes, including all of the control classes. The Windows common controls are supported in the following environments:
Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000
Windows NT, version 3.51 and later
Win32s, version 1.3 (Visual C++ versions 4.2 and later do not support Win32s)
The older common controls — check boxes, combo boxes, edit boxes, list boxes, option buttons, pushbuttons, scroll bar controls, and static controls — were available in earlier versions of Windows as well.
ActiveX controls, formerly known as OLE controls, can be used in dialog boxes in your applications for Windows, or in HTML pages on the World Wide Web. For more information, see MFC ActiveX Controls.
The table below briefly describes each of the Windows common controls, including the control's MFC wrapper class.
New in Windows 95?
Displays successive frames of an AVI video clip
Pushbuttons that cause an action; also used for check boxes, radio buttons, and group boxes
Combination of an edit box and a list box
Allows the user to choose a specific date or time value
Boxes for entering text
A combo box control with the ability to display images
Button that appears above a column of text; controls width of text displayed
Window that enables user to create a "hot key" to perform an action quickly
Collection of images used to manage large sets of icons or bitmaps (image list isn't really a control; it supports lists used by other controls)
Window that displays a list of text with icons
Box that contains a list of strings
Control that displays date information
Window that indicates progress of a long operation
Tool bar that can contain additional child windows in the form of controls
Window in which user can edit with character and paragraph formatting (see Classes Related to Rich Edit Controls)
Scroll bar used as a control inside a dialog box (not on a window)
Window containing a slider control with optional tick marks
Pair of arrow buttons user can click to increment or decrement a value
Text for labeling other controls
Window for displaying status information, similar to MFC class CStatusBar
Analogous to the dividers in a notebook; used in "tab dialog boxes" or property sheets
Window with command-generating buttons, similar to MFC class CToolBar
Small pop-up window that describes purpose of a toolbar button or other tool
Window that displays a hierarchical list of items
What do you want to know more about?
An individual control: see the table Windows Common Controls and MFC Classes in this topic for links to all controls
For information about Windows common controls in the Windows SDK, see Common Controls.