This function creates an overlapped, pop-up, or child window. It specifies the window class, window title, window style, and, optionally, the initial position and size of the window. This function also specifies the window's parent.
HWND CreateWindow( LPCTSTR lpClassName, LPCTSTR lpWindowName, DWORD dwStyle, int x, int y, int nWidth, int nHeight, HWND hWndParent, HMENU hMenu, HANDLE hInstance, PVOID lpParam );
Long pointer to a null-terminated string or an integer atom. If this parameter is an atom, it must be a global atom created by a previous call to the RegisterClass function. The atom, a 16-bit value less than 0xC000, must be in the low-order word of lpClassName; the high-order word must be zero.
If lpClassName is a string, it specifies the window class name. The class name can be any name registered with the RegisterClass function or any of the predefined control-class names. For a complete list, see the Remarks section.
Long pointer to a null-terminated string that specifies the window name.
If the window style specifies a title bar, the window title pointed to by lpWindowName is displayed in the title bar. When using CreateWindow to create controls, such as buttons, check boxes, and static controls, use lpWindowName to specify the text of the control.
Specifies the style of the window being created. This parameter can be a combination of the following window styles, plus the control styles indicated in the Remarks section.
Value Description WS_BORDER Creates a window that has a thin-line border. WS_CAPTION Creates a window that has a title bar (includes the WS_BORDER style). WS_CHILD Creates a child window. This style cannot be used with the WS_POPUP style. WS_CLIPCHILDREN Excludes the area occupied by child windows when drawing occurs within the parent window. This style is used when creating the parent window. WS_CLIPSIBLINGS Clips child windows relative to each other; that is, when a particular child window receives a WM_PAINT message, the WS_CLIPSIBLINGS style clips all other overlapping child windows out of the region of the child window to be updated. If WS_CLIPSIBLINGS is not specified and child windows overlap, it is possible, when drawing within the client area of a child window, to draw within the client area of a neighboring child window. WS_DISABLED Creates a window that is initially disabled. A disabled window cannot receive input from the user. WS_DLGFRAME Creates a window that has a border of a style typically used with dialog boxes. A window with this style cannot have a title bar. WS_GROUP Specifies the first control of a group of controls. The group consists of this first control and all controls defined after it, up to the next control with the WS_GROUP style. The first control in each group usually has the WS_TABSTOP style so that the user can move from group to group. The user can subsequently change the keyboard focus from one control in the group to the next control in the group by using the direction keys. WS_HSCROLL Creates a window that has a horizontal scroll bar. WS_OVERLAPPED Creates an overlapped window. An overlapped window has a title bar and a border. Same as the WS_TILED style. WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW Creates an overlapped window with the WS_OVERLAPPED, WS_CAPTION, WS_SYSMENU, WS_THICKFRAME, WS_MINIMIZEBOX, and WS_MAXIMIZEBOX styles. Same as the WS_TILEDWINDOW style WS_POPUP Creates a pop-up window. This style cannot be used with the WS_CHILD style. WS_SIZEBOX Creates a window that has a sizing border. Same as the WS_THICKFRAME style. WS_SYSMENU Creates a window that has a Close (X) button in the non-client area. WS_TABSTOP Specifies a control that can receive the keyboard focus when the user presses the TAB key. Pressing the TAB key changes the keyboard focus to the next control with the WS_TABSTOP style. WS_THICKFRAME Creates a window that has a sizing border. Same as the WS_SIZEBOX style. WS_TILED Creates an overlapped window. An overlapped window has a title bar and a border. Same as the WS_OVERLAPPED style. WS_TILEDWINDOW Creates an overlapped window with the WS_OVERLAPPED, WS_CAPTION, WS_SYSMENU, WS_THICKFRAME, WS_MINIMIZEBOX, and WS_MAXIMIZEBOX styles. Same as the WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW style. WS_VISIBLE Creates a window that is initially visible. WS_VSCROLL Creates a window that has a vertical scroll bar.
Specifies the initial horizontal position of the window. For an overlapped or pop-up window, the x parameter is the initial x-coordinate of the windows upper-left corner, in screen coordinates. For a child window, x is the x-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the window relative to the upper-left corner of the parent windows client area.
If this parameter is set to CW_USEDEFAULT, the system selects the default position for the windows upper-left corner and ignores the y parameter. CW_USEDEFAULT is valid only for overlapped windows; if it is specified for a pop-up or child window, the x and y parameters are set to zero.
Specifies the initial vertical position of the window. For an overlapped or pop-up window, the y parameter is the initial y-coordinate of the windows upper-left corner, in screen coordinates. For a child window, y is the initial y-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the child window relative to the upper-left corner of the parent windows client area. For a list box, y is the initial y-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the list boxs client area relative to the upper-left corner of the parent windows client area.
If an overlapped window is created with the WS_VISIBLE style bit set and the x parameter is set to CW_USEDEFAULT, the system ignores the y parameter.
Specifies the width, in device units, of the window. For overlapped windows, nWidth is either the windows width, in screen coordinates, or CW_USEDEFAULT. If nWidth is CW_USEDEFAULT, the system selects a default width and height for the window; the default width extends from the initial x-coordinate to the right edge of the screen, and the default height extends from the initial y-coordinate to the top of the icon area. CW_USEDEFAULT is valid only for overlapped windows; if CW_USEDEFAULT is specified for a pop-up or child window, nWidth and nHeight are set to zero.
Specifies the height, in device units, of the window. For overlapped windows, nHeight is the windows height, in screen coordinates. If nWidth is set to CW_USEDEFAULT, the system ignores nHeight.
Handle to the parent or owner window of the window being created. To create a child window or an owned window, supply a valid window handle. This parameter is optional for pop-up windows.
Handle to a menu, or specifies a child-window identifier depending on the window style. For an overlapped or pop-up window, hMenu identifies the menu to be used with the window; it can be NULL if the class menu is to be used. For a child window, hMenu specifies the child-window identifier, an integer value used by a dialog box control to notify its parent about events. The application determines the child-window identifier; it must be unique for all child windows with the same parent window.
Handle to the instance of the module to be associated with the window.
A handle to the new window indicates success. NULL indicates failure. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.
The CreateWindow function does not support the WM_NCDESTROY or the WM_PARENTNOTIFY message.
CreateWindow is implemented as a macro. It is defined as CreateWindowEx, but with the dwExStyle parameter set to 0L.
Menu bars are not supported. The hMenu parameter must be NULL, unless it is used as a child-window identifier.
The MDICLIENT window class is not supported.
The following dwStyle flags are not supported for Windows CE:
The following dwStyle flags are not supported for controls and dialog boxes:
|Unsupported button styles||Unsupported static control styles|
|Unsupported combo box styles||SS_GRAYRECT|
|Unsupported list box control styles||SS_RIGHTJUST|
|Unsupported scroll bar styles||Unsupported dialog box styles|
You can use the BS_OWNERDRAW style as a substitute for the BS_USERBUTTON style.
Combine the BS_MULTILINE style with the BS_PUSHBUTTON style to wrap text on a button.
You can use the SS_LEFT or SS_LEFTNOWORDWRAP style instead of the SS_SIMPLE style for static controls.
All windows implicitly have the WS_CLIPSIBLINGS and WS_CLIPCHILDREN styles.
Windows CE version 1.0 does not support owned windows, except for dialog boxes. If the hwndParent parameter is not NULL, the window is implicitly given the WS_CHILD style.
Windows CE version 1.0 does not support menu bars.
For Windows CE versions 2.10 and later, if nWidth and nHeight are set to CW_USEDEFAULT, the child window has dimensions of 0 x 0.
Before returning, CreateWindow sends a WM_CREATE message to the window procedure. For overlapped, pop-up, and child windows, CreateWindow sends WM_CREATE messages to the window. The lParam parameter of the WM_CREATE message contains a pointer to a CREATESTRUCT structure. If the WS_VISIBLE style is specified, CreateWindow sends the window all the messages required to activate and show the window.
The following predefined control classes can be specified in the lpClassName parameter. Note the corresponding control styles you can use in the dwStyle parameter.
Designates a small rectangular child window that represents a button the user can click to turn it on or off. Button controls can be used alone or in groups, and they can either be labeled or appear without text. Button controls typically change appearance when the user clicks them. For more information about buttons and the styles you can specify in the dwStyle parameter, see Control Styles.
Designates a rectangular child window into which the user can type text from the keyboard. The user selects the control and gives it the keyboard focus by clicking it or moving to it by pressing the TAB key. The user can type text when the edit control displays a flashing caret; use the mouse to move the cursor, select characters to be replaced, or position the cursor for inserting characters; or use the BACKSPACE key to delete characters. For more information about edit controls and the styles you can specify in the dwStyle parameter, see Control Styles.
Designates a list of character strings. Specify this control whenever an application must present a list of names, such as filenames, from which the user can choose. The user can select a string by clicking it. A selected string is highlighted, and a notification message is passed to the parent window. For more information about list boxes and the styles you can specify in the dwStyle parameter, see Control Styles.
Designates an MDI client window. This window receives messages that control the MDI applications child windows. The recommended style bits are WS_CLIPCHILDREN and WS_CHILD. Specify the WS_HSCROLL and WS_VSCROLL styles to create an MDI client window that allows the user to scroll MDI child windows into view.
Designates a Rich Edit version 1.0 control. This window lets the user view and edit text with character and paragraph formatting, and can include embedded COM objects.
Designates a Rich Edit version 2.0 control. This control lets the user view and edit text with character and paragraph formatting, and can include embedded COM objects. Windows CE for Pocket PC does not support this control class.
Designates a rectangle that contains a scroll box and has direction arrows at both ends. The scroll bar sends a notification message to its parent window whenever the user clicks the control. The parent window is responsible for updating the position of the scroll box, if necessary. For more information about scroll bars and the styles you can specify in the dwStyle parameter, see Control Styles.
Designates a simple text field, box, or rectangle used to label, box, or separate other controls. Static controls take no input and provide no output. For more information about static controls and the styles you can specify in the dwStyle parameter, see Creating Controls.
Note If you specify Windows version 4.x when linking your application, its windows cannot have caption buttons unless they also have window menus. This is not a requirement if you specify Windows version 3.x when linking your application.
|Runs on||Versions||Defined in||Include||Link to|
|Windows CE OS||1.0 and later||Winuser.h|
Note This API is part of the complete Windows CE OS package as provided by Microsoft. The functionality of a particular platform is determined by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and some devices may not support this API.
CreateDialog, CREATESTRUCT, CreateWindowEx, DialogBox, DLGTEMPLATE, LB_GETTEXT, LB_SETCOLUMNWIDTH, MessageBox, RegisterClass, SetForegroundWindow, WM_COMMAND, WM_CREATE, WM_DELETEITEM, WM_DRAWITEM, WM_MEASUREITEM, WM_PAINT, WM_SETFONT, WM_SETREDRAW
Last updated on Tuesday, July 13, 2004
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