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Create a Progress Bar using the API

  • By Sam Huggill
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Fed up with distributing the 509KB ComCtl32.ocx with your program just for a single control? In this article, I will demonstrate how to create a progress bar using the CreateWindowEx API call. Topics such as horizontal and vertical bars, forecolour and backcolour and positioning the progress bar will be covered.

As with the status bar, a lot of the information in this article was extracted from the ComCtrl.h header file. This file is written in C++ syntax and therefore you will need to know the basics of translating C++.

Just a quick note to let you know that all the project files (a form, bas module, project and compiled exe) amount to a mere 4% of the ComCtl32.ocx!

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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