WM_CTLCOLORBTN

Windows Mobile 6.5
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4/8/2010

This message is sent to the parent window of a button when the button is about to be drawn. By responding to this message, the parent window can set a button's text and background colors.


WM_CTLCOLORBTN hdcButton = (HDC) wParam; 
    hwndButton = (HWND) lParam;

hdcButton

Handle to the display context for the button.

hwndButton

Handle to the button.

If an application processes this message, it must return a handle to a brush. The system uses the brush to paint the background of the button.

Default Action

The DefWindowProc function selects the default system colors for the button.

The system does not automatically destroy the returned brush. It is the application's responsibility to destroy the brush when it is no longer needed.

The WM_CTLCOLORBTN message is never sent between threads. It is sent only within one thread.

The text color of a check box or radio button applies to the box or button, its check mark, and the text. The focus rectangle for these buttons remains the system default color (typically black). The text color of a group box applies to the text but not to the line that defines the box. The text color of a push button applies only to its focus rectangle; it does not affect the color of the text.

If a dialog box procedure handles this message, it should cast the desired return value to a BOOL and return the value directly. If the dialog box procedure returns FALSE, then default message handling is performed. The DWL_MSGRESULT value set by the SetWindowLong function is ignored.

Headerwinuser.h
Windows Embedded CEWindows CE 2.0 and later
Windows MobileWindows Mobile Version 5.0 and later
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