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User Interface Elements (MFC)

For information about how to create the user interface for your application by using the Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library, see the following topics.

ActiveX Controls

Describes how to use reusable software component based on the Component Object Model (COM), which supports a wide variety of OLE functionality and can be customized to fit many software needs


Describes how to implement support for the Windows Clipboard in MFC applications.

Controls (MFC)

Describes Windows common controls, including owner-drawn controls, ActiveX controls, and other control classes supplied by the MFC Library.

Control Bars

Describes functionality of toolbars, status bars, and dialog bars.

Dialog Bars

Describes a kind of control bar that can contain any kind of control.

Dialog Boxes

Describes how to create dialog boxes by using the editors and code wizards.

Document/View Architecture

Describes data management in MFC.

Form Views (MFC)

Describes how to add forms support to your application.

HTML Help: Context-Sensitive Help for Your Programs

Describes how to add context-sensitive help to your applications by using HTML Help.

MDI Tabbed Groups

Enables multiple document interface (MDI) applications to display one or more tabbed windows (or groups of tabbed windows, which are known as tabbed groups) in the MDI client area.

Menus (MFC)

Describes how to add menus to your user interface.


Provides links to topics that discuss object linking and embedding.

Printing and Print Preview

Describes MFC support for printing and print preview from your applications.

Property Sheets (MFC)

Describes how to use property sheets to manage large numbers of control in a dialog box.

Ribbon Designer (MFC)

Describes MFC support for creating and modifying ribbon UI resources.

Status Bars

Describes how to use status bars in your applications.

Tool Tips

Describes how to implement tool tips to assist users in using your applications.


Describes the fundamentals about how to use toolbars in MFC.

Visualization Manager

Acts as one class where you can put all the drawing code for your application.


Describes the fundamentals about how to use windows in MFC.

MFC Desktop Applications

Provides reference material for the MFC Library. MFC is a set of classes that constitute an application framework, which is the framework of an application written for the Windows API.