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MFC Reference

The MFC Reference covers the classes, global functions, global variables, and macros that make up the Microsoft Foundation Class Library version 9.0.

The individual hierarchy charts included with each class are useful for locating base classes. The MFC Reference usually does not describe inherited member functions or inherited operators. For information on these functions, refer to the base classes depicted in the hierarchy diagrams.

The documentation for each class includes a class overview, a member summary by category, and topics for the member functions, overloaded operators, and data members.

Public and protected class members are documented only when they are normally used in application programs or derived classes. See the class header files for a complete listing of class members.

Hierarchy Chart

Visually details the class relationships in the class library.

Class Library Overview

Lists the classes in the MFC Library according to category.

MFC Technical Notes

Provides links to specialized topics, written by the MFC development team, on the class library.

MFC Classes

Provides links to and header file information for the MFC classes.

MFC Macros and Globals

Provides links to the macros and global functions in the MFC Library.

Structures, Styles, Callbacks, and Message Maps

Provides links to the structures, styles, callbacks, and message maps used by the MFC Library.

Obsolete MFC Functions

Provides links to functions that are obsolete in MFC.

Hierarchy Chart Categories

Describes the MFC hierarchy chart by category.

Shared Classes

Provides links to classes that are shared between MFC and ATL.

MFC Samples

Provides links to samples that demonstrate how to use MFC.

Visual C++ Libraries

Provides links to the various libraries provided with Visual C++, including ATL, MFC, OLE DB Templates, the C run-time library, and the Standard C++ Library.


Provides links to using the Visual Studio debugger to correct logic errors in your application or stored procedures.