Handling TTN_NEEDTEXT Notification for Tool Tips

As part of enabling tool tips, you handle the TTN_NEEDTEXT message by adding the following entry to your owner window's message map:

ON_NOTIFY_EX(TTN_NEEDTEXT, 0, &CMyDialog::OnTtnNeedText)

The member function to be called when text is needed for this button.

Note that the ID of a tool tip is always 0.

Declare your handler function in the class definition as follows:

afx_msg BOOL OnTtnNeedText(UINT id, NMHDR* pNMHDR, LRESULT* pResult);

where the italicized parameters are:

Identifier of the control that sent the notification. Not used. The control id is taken from the NMHDR structure.

A pointer to the NMTTDISPINFO structure. This structure is also discussed further in The TOOLTIPTEXT Structure.

A pointer to result code you can set before you return. TTN_NEEDTEXT handlers can ignore the pResult parameter.

As an example of a form-view notification handler:

BOOL CMyDialog::OnTtnNeedText(UINT id, NMHDR* pNMHDR, LRESULT* pResult)

   UINT_PTR nID = pNMHDR->idFrom;
   BOOL bRet = FALSE;

   if (pTTT->uFlags & TTF_IDISHWND)
      // idFrom is actually the HWND of the tool
      nID = ::GetDlgCtrlID((HWND)nID);
      if (nID)
         _stprintf_s(pTTT->szText, sizeof(pTTT->szText) / sizeof(TCHAR),
            _T("Control ID = %d"), nID);
         pTTT->hinst = AfxGetResourceHandle();
         bRet = TRUE;

   *pResult = 0;

   return bRet;

Call EnableToolTips (this fragment taken from OnInitDialog):


See also

Tool Tips in Windows Not Derived from CFrameWnd