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File Processing using CreateFile, ReadFile and WriteFile Win32 APIs

In this article, we will look at the example of using the CreateFile, ReadFile, WriteFile and OpenFile win32 API functions with an MFC Dialog based application. Win32 is a very rich API that supplies many functions and MFC is a Framework wrapped over those functions to form a logical working unit. Win32 API library is in a native format that means it is in C style (Procedural Approach) whereas MFC is an OOPS based Framework API. OK, let us start with the sample.

MFC CRgn Example – An Elliptical Dialog

CRgn is an MFC Class, which is useful to define regions. Using this one can define the outline of a telephone, DVD, Disc, etc. Once a region is ready, we can assign that to any MFC Window. This way one can display a telephone outline dial-in number pad as a window. In this example, we will create an elliptical MFC Login Dialog using CRgn and Region Path.


When an owner window of the menu item decides how the menu item should look, then the menu item is known as Owner Drawn Menu. The default windows provided menu has a standard look and feel. We cannot add Red and blue-colored boxes as a menu item through the resource editor. In this Example, we will see how can we display only color boxes as a menu item under the color menu. Here, we will learn the need for the WM_DRAWITEM and WM_MEASUREITEM windows messages.