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Setting up a custom title bar on Vista/Windows 7

Delphi Haven – Back in the day, if you wanted to draw in a form’s title bar for some reason (to, for example, add one or more extra buttons), you would handle the WM_NCPAINT message and draw to a handle got from the GetDCEx function. While you can still do this with recent versions of Windows, it will cause the window frame to lose its ‘glass’ styling and translucent effects, something that is generally not what you want. How, then, should you go about customising the title bar in the ‘Aero’ world of Vista and Windows 7? In this post and its sequel, I will document my attempts ...
Favorite? Off-Topic? CR @ 2010-04-19 10:34


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