Re: allowing a text box to grow

"Tom Serface" <>
Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:44:49 -0700
I'm not sure if this helps or not, but here's some code I clipped out of one
of my classes. This one is only growing until it gets to the edge of the
parent window, but hopefully this will help you get the idea. This code is
called inside the EN_CHANGE or WM_CHAR handler.

 CString str;
 GetWindowText( str );
 CWindowDC dc(this);
 CFont *pFont = GetParent()->GetFont();
 CFont *pFontDC = dc.SelectObject(pFont);
 CSize size = dc.GetTextExtent(str);
 dc.SelectObject(pFontDC); += 5; // add some extra buffer

 // Get client rect
 CRect rect, rcParent;

 // Transform rect to parent coordinates

 // Check whether control needs to be resized
 // and whether there is space to grow
 if( > rect.Width()) {
      if( + rect.left < rcParent.right)
           rect.right = rect.left +;
           rect.right = rcParent.right;


"SteveR" <> wrote in message

Thank you, Joe and Tom.

After doing some study, I am still at a loss as to how to proceed. Using
DrawText is something I do regularly to calculate dimensions of text
rectangles. However, if it's not asking too much, could someone list the
sequence of steps I would take to govern the size of my (CEdit) text box
according to the string length?

I have m_Edit as a CString. Do I need another variable to represent the
control as an object?

In my view:

CMsgDialog dlg;
dlg.m_Edit += strMessage;

// ??????????

if(dlg.DoModal() == IDOK)
return dlg.m_Edit;
"Tom Serface" <> wrote in message

To add to Joe's response, this might be useful information for you:


"SteveR" <> wrote in message

Is it difficult to have a CEdit control and its dialog grow according to
the length of the string in the control? I'm interested in using such
an arrangement for my error messages and would like it to fit my

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