Re: update status in main frame window

Mikel <>
Tue, 2 Dec 2008 09:59:45 -0800 (PST)
Comments below:
On 2 dic, 18:38, "" <> wrote:


1. ok. I used the AfxGetMainWnd()->SendMessage(WM_SETSTATUS,0,pStr);
   but I got:
   error C2065: 'WM_SETSTATUS' : undeclared identifier
   how to declare it ?


2. One more thing is how can I SendMessage to disable certain menu in
main frame window ?

The standard way for enabling and disabling menu items is by handling
UPDATE_COMMAND_UI events. So in the ON_UPDATE_COMMAND_UI handler for
your specific item, you can enable or disable the item, based on
whatever condition you choose, like some variable state, or anything.

Many thank to your kind help.


On Dec 3, 1:21 am, "AliR \(VC++ MVP\)" <A...@online.nospam> wrote:

There are several ways.

From you button handler you can either do this:

CMainFrame *pWnd = (CMainFrame *)AfxGetMainWnd();
pWnd->GetStatusBar().SetPaneText(0,"Test 123");

note that you need to write a method for GetStatusBar in your CMainFram=


CStatusBar &GetStatusBar();

Or you can send a message to the main window


<> wrote in message

Hi Expert,

I'm using SDI application

In Mainfrm.cpp, i have

static UINT indicators[] =
ID_SEPARATOR, // status line indicator

I added a child dialog with one test button on it.
The child dialog is triggered via menu in main frame windows. the
class of child dialog is CDialog base.

class CChildDlg : public CDialog

void CMainApp::OnEditDialog()
CChildDlg childDlg;


void CChildDlg::OnBtnTest()
    // how can I update the status bar in main frame windows ?
   // the following code will trigger exception...!!!
      CStatusBar m_wndStatusBar;

   m_wndStatusBar.SetPaneText(0, "TEST 123", TRUE);


How can I update the status bar in main frame windows, upon clicking
Test button.

Thanks in advance.

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