Making a Bitmap Button

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The CBitmapButton MFC class makes it easy to create buttons with custom bitmaps. It is easy to use if you know how to. The documentation says to use CBitmapButton::AutoLoad but I do not understand how to use it. The following is what worked for me.

  1. Set the "Owner draw" style for the button on
  2. Use the ClassWizard to create a class derived from CButton
  3. In the header of the derived class change the class from CButton to CBitmapButton
  4. Use ClassWizard again to create a "control category" member variable for the button; ensure that the class is the derived class you just created
  5. In the dialog's OnInitDialog use CBitmapButton::LoadBitmaps to load one or more bitmaps

An example of LoadBitmaps is:

if (!m_ctlPictureButton1.LoadBitmaps(_T("IMAGE1UP"), _T("IMAGE1DOWN"), _T("IMAGE1FOCUS")))
	MessageBox("Button1 pictures are not loaded");

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