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So I have a GUI that has 1-200 Group controls and I need a way to "scroll" through them cleanly but with only a fixed amount...

 

I was originally going to do it like this

For $i = 12 to 24
            GuiCtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 12
            GuiCtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 25 To 200
            GuiCtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 2

 

And thus that would properly show 12-24 and hide all others.

Now A: That's a lot of If statements (ugly)

B: I want to set a max number too. IE: Let's say I don't want the user to be able to go over 50. That 50 is held in a var, lets call it $MaxCount.

 

So I need to be able to do the same thing as above but also make a changeable cap. I'm kinda at a stump for this. If it doesn't make sense let me know and I'll phrase it differently.

 

Thanks!

 


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option 1: when you generate the controls, put their control ID's in a 2D array: col#0 = control ID, col#1 = index number of the group they belong to. very easy to show/hide a specific group.

option 2: if the controls are somewhat identical, store only the values in the said array (instead of control ID), then use GuiCtrlSetData() to update the existing controls, which you need to build only once.

option 3: ListView?

can you post a screenshot?

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Screen shot:

 

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Here is how I created the GUI / Groups.

 

$TotalCreationCount = 0
    $XCreationCount = 0
    $YCreationCount = 0
    $X = 60
    $Y = 60

    For $i = 1 To 200
        If $XCreationCount = 4 Then
            $X = 60
            $XCreationCount = 1
        Else
            $XCreationCount += 1
        EndIf
        If $YCreationCount = 4 Then
            $Y += 120
            $YCreationCount = 1
        Else
            $YCreationCount += 1
        EndIf
        $ImageBox[$i] = GUICtrlCreateGroup("Charger " & $i, $X, $Y, 100, 100)
        $X += 160
        $TotalCreationCount += 1
        If $TotalCreationCount = 12 Then
            $X = 60
            $Y = 60
            $XCreationCount = 0
            $YCreationCount = 0
            $TotalCreationCount = 0
        EndIf
    Next

    For $i = 13 To 200
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next

 

So as you can see in the SS there's a "Device Count" that is not always going to be the same per user. So I need a way to:

 

A: Hide/Show controls based on the < and > arrows.

B: Not allow the user to show more than "Device Count" although making it show a base of 12 is fine, I'll just rename the group text to "NA" or something to denote their not used.

 

Thanks!

 

Also, I already use a list view as a second way to view the devices found in "View Options" :P

 


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To better explain is the cut out of the GUI ect. for the problem.

 

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <GuiComboBox.au3>
#include <GuiMenu.au3>
#include <GuiListView.au3>
#include <ListViewConstants.au3>

#include <Array.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>

Opt("GUIOnEventMode", 1)

Global $ChargerCount = 43, $CurrentSet = 1
Dim $ImageBox[201]

_ImageGUI()

Func _ImageGUI()

    $CurrentGui = "Image"
    $DeviceCount = 0
    $FoundFault = 0
    $CurrentFaultCount = 0
    $NewFaultCount = 0
    Dim $COMList[100], $ChargerIDS[1000], $Item[1000], $ItemCode[1000], $ImageBox[1000]
    $ChargerCount = 0
    $Status = 1

    $ImageGui = GUICreate("Facility Overview - Image", 700, 500)
    GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, "_Exit")
    GUISetBkColor(0xFFFFFF)

    $StartButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 10, 420, 100, 50)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_Start")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    $StopButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Stop", 590, 420, 100, 50)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_Stop")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Device Count", 203, 420, 200, 20)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 12)
    $DisplayChargerCount = GUICtrlCreateInput("NA", 200, 450, 100, 30, BitOR($ES_CENTER, $ES_READONLY))
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Faults", 430, 420, 100, 20)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 12)
    $DisplayFaultCount = GUICtrlCreateInput("NA", 400, 450, 100, 30, BitOR($ES_CENTER, $ES_READONLY))
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    Local $COMmenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("COM List")
    $ViewMenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("View Options")
    $ListViewOption = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("List View", $ViewMenu)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_ChangeGui")
    $ImageViewOption = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Image View", $ViewMenu)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_ChangeGui")
    GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_CHECKED)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("COM Port:", 10, 10, 200, 40)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    $DisplayCOM = GUICtrlCreateInput("NA", 100, 9, 140, 25, $ES_READONLY)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Status:", 483, 10, 200, 40)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    $DisplayStatus = GUICtrlCreateInput("Idle", 545, 9, 140, 25, $ES_READONLY)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)
    GUICtrlSetBkColor($DisplayStatus, 0xFFFF00)


    $TotalCreationCount = 0
    $XCreationCount = 0
    $YCreationCount = 0
    $X = 60
    $Y = 60

    For $i = 1 To 200
        If $XCreationCount = 4 Then
            $X = 60
            $XCreationCount = 1
        Else
            $XCreationCount += 1
        EndIf
        If $YCreationCount = 4 Then
            $Y += 120
            $YCreationCount = 1
        Else
            $YCreationCount += 1
        EndIf
        $ImageBox[$i] = GUICtrlCreateGroup("Charger " & $i, $X, $Y, 100, 100)
        $X += 160
        $TotalCreationCount += 1
        If $TotalCreationCount = 12 Then
            $X = 60
            $Y = 60
            $XCreationCount = 0
            $YCreationCount = 0
            $TotalCreationCount = 0
        EndIf
    Next

    For $i = 13 To 200
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next

    $NextButton = GUICtrlCreateButton(">", 660, 182, 40, 100)
    GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_NextSet")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    $PreviousButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("<", 0, 182, 40, 100)
    GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_PreviousSet")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    GUISetState()

EndFunc   ;==>_ImageGUI

Func _NextSet()
    If $CurrentSet = 1 Then

        For $i = 12 To 24
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 12
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 25 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 2

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 2 Then

        For $i = 25 To 37
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 24
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 37 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 3

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 3 Then

        For $i = 37 To 49
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 36
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 49 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 4

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 4 Then

        For $i = 49 To 61
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 48
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 61 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 5

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 5 Then

        For $i = 61 To 73
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 60
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 73 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 6

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 6 Then

        For $i = 73 To 85
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 72
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 85 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 7

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 7 Then

        For $i = 85 To 97
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 84
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 97 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 8

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 8 Then

        For $i = 97 To 109
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 96
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 109 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 9

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 9 Then

        For $i = 109 To 121
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 108
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 121 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 10

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 10 Then

        For $i = 121 To 133
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 120
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 133 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 11

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 11 Then

        For $i = 133 To 145
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 132
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 145 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 12

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 12 Then

        For $i = 145 To 157
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 144
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 157 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 13

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 13 Then

        For $i = 157 To 169
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 156
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 169 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 14

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 14 Then

        For $i = 169 To 181
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 168
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 181 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 15

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 15 Then

        For $i = 181 To 193
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 180
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        For $i = 193 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 16

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 16 Then

        For $i = 193 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 1 To 192
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 17

    ElseIf $CurrentSet = 17 Then

        For $i = 1 To 12
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
        Next
        For $i = 13 To 200
            GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
        Next
        $CurrentSet = 1
    EndIf
EndFunc   ;==>_NextSet

Func _PreviousSet()
    Sleep(10)
EndFunc   ;==>_PreviousSet

Func _Exit()
    Exit
EndFunc   ;==>_Exit

While 1
    Sleep(10)
WEnd

 

I went ahead and wrote an If statement for all 200 controls. I would rather not have to use this because its rough. Also I don't know how to cap it with a ever changing variable ($ChargerCount)

 

So once again to explain:

 

Assume that the max amount of controls I want shown are 43. This is defined via the var $ChargerCount.

 

I want the > arrow to cycle through controls by +12 each time but to not surpass 43. If all 43 are shown and they press > again it goes back to 1-12. Vice versa for the < arrow.

 

I think I MAY be able to accomplish this with an If statement nested inside the other If's but I feel as if its dirty and unnecessary and there is a better way of doing it.

 

Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!


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Update!

 

So I worked it out to clean up the Next/Previous sets, so now I just need to find a way to cap it. I think I can do it just wanted to post this in case anyone looks before I finish.

 

Global $Set[15] = ["1-12", "12-24", "24-36", "36-48", "48-60", "60-72", "72-84", "84-96", "96-108", "108-120", "120-132", "132-144", "144-156", "156-168", "168-180"]

Func _NextSet()
    If $CurrentSet >= 14 Then
        $CurrentSet = -1
    EndIf
    $CurrentSet += 1
    $SplitSet = StringSplit($Set[$CurrentSet], "-")
    $Min = $SplitSet[1]
    $Max = $SplitSet[2]
    For $i = 1 To 181
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next
    For $i = $Min To $Max
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
    Next
EndFunc   ;==>_NextSet

Func _PreviousSet()
    If $CurrentSet <= 0 Then
        $CurrentSet = 15
    EndIf
    $CurrentSet -= 1
    $SplitSet = StringSplit($Set[$CurrentSet], "-")
    $Min = $SplitSet[1]
    $Max = $SplitSet[2]
    For $i = 1 To 181
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next
    For $i = $Min To $Max
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
    Next
EndFunc   ;==>_PreviousSet

 


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Sorry for all the posts ect. But I think I've got it. If anyone has a simpler way or a better way than let me know, but I think this will work out!

 

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <GuiComboBox.au3>
#include <GuiMenu.au3>
#include <GuiListView.au3>
#include <ListViewConstants.au3>

#include <Array.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>

Opt("GUIOnEventMode", 1)

Global $ChargerCount = 43, $CurrentSet = 0, $TotalMax = 0
Dim $ImageBox[182]
Global $Set[15] = ["1-12", "12-24", "24-36", "36-48", "48-60", "60-72", "72-84", "84-96", "96-108", "108-120", "120-132", "132-144", "144-156", "156-168", "168-180"]

_ImageGUI()

Func _ImageGUI()

    $CurrentGui = "Image"
    $DeviceCount = 0
    $FoundFault = 0
    $CurrentFaultCount = 0
    $NewFaultCount = 0
    Dim $COMList[100], $ChargerIDS[1000], $Item[1000], $ItemCode[1000], $ImageBox[1000]
    $ChargerCount = 0
    $Status = 1

    $ImageGui = GUICreate("Facility Overview - Image", 700, 500)
    GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, "_Exit")
    GUISetBkColor(0xFFFFFF)

    $StartButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 10, 420, 100, 50)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_Start")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    $StopButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Stop", 590, 420, 100, 50)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_Stop")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Device Count", 203, 420, 200, 20)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 12)
    $DisplayChargerCount = GUICtrlCreateInput("NA", 200, 450, 100, 30, BitOR($ES_CENTER, $ES_READONLY))
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Faults", 430, 420, 100, 20)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 12)
    $DisplayFaultCount = GUICtrlCreateInput("NA", 400, 450, 100, 30, BitOR($ES_CENTER, $ES_READONLY))
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    Local $COMmenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("COM List")
    $ViewMenu = GUICtrlCreateMenu("View Options")
    $ListViewOption = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("List View", $ViewMenu)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_ChangeGui")
    $ImageViewOption = GUICtrlCreateMenuItem("Image View", $ViewMenu)
;~  GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_ChangeGui")
    GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_CHECKED)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("COM Port:", 10, 10, 200, 40)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    $DisplayCOM = GUICtrlCreateInput("NA", 100, 9, 140, 25, $ES_READONLY)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    GUICtrlCreateLabel("Status:", 483, 10, 200, 40)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)

    $DisplayStatus = GUICtrlCreateInput("Idle", 545, 9, 140, 25, $ES_READONLY)
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 14)
    GUICtrlSetBkColor($DisplayStatus, 0xFFFF00)


    $TotalCreationCount = 0
    $XCreationCount = 0
    $YCreationCount = 0
    $X = 60
    $Y = 60

    For $i = 1 To 181
        If $XCreationCount = 4 Then
            $X = 60
            $XCreationCount = 1
        Else
            $XCreationCount += 1
        EndIf
        If $YCreationCount = 4 Then
            $Y += 120
            $YCreationCount = 1
        Else
            $YCreationCount += 1
        EndIf
        $ImageBox[$i] = GUICtrlCreateGroup("Charger " & $i, $X, $Y, 100, 100)
        $X += 160
        $TotalCreationCount += 1
        If $TotalCreationCount = 12 Then
            $X = 60
            $Y = 60
            $XCreationCount = 0
            $YCreationCount = 0
            $TotalCreationCount = 0
        EndIf
    Next

    For $i = 13 To 181
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next

    $NextButton = GUICtrlCreateButton(">", 660, 182, 40, 100)
    GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_NextSet")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    $PreviousButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("<", 0, 182, 40, 100)
    GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, "_PreviousSet")
    GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 16)

    GUISetState()

EndFunc   ;==>_ImageGUI

Func _NextSet()
    $CalculateMax = $ChargerCount
    For $i = 1 To 14
        If $CalculateMax <= 12 Then
            ExitLoop
        EndIf
        If $CalculateMax >= 12 Then
            $CalculateMax -= 12
            $TotalMax += 1
        EndIf
    Next
    If $CurrentSet >= $TotalMax Then
        $CurrentSet = -1
    EndIf
    $CurrentSet += 1
    $SplitSet = StringSplit($Set[$CurrentSet], "-")
    $Min = $SplitSet[1]
    $Max = $SplitSet[2]
    For $i = 1 To 181
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next
    For $i = $Min To $Max
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
    Next
EndFunc   ;==>_NextSet

Func _PreviousSet()
    $CalculateMax = $ChargerCount
    For $i = 1 To 14
        If $CalculateMax <= 12 Then
            ExitLoop
        EndIf
        If $CalculateMax >= 12 Then
            $CalculateMax -= 12
            $TotalMax += 1
        EndIf
    Next
    If $CurrentSet <= 0 Then
        $CurrentSet = $TotalMax + 1
    EndIf
    $CurrentSet -= 1
    $SplitSet = StringSplit($Set[$CurrentSet], "-")
    $Min = $SplitSet[1]
    $Max = $SplitSet[2]
    For $i = 1 To 181
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_HIDE)
    Next
    For $i = $Min To $Max
        GUICtrlSetState($ImageBox[$i], $GUI_SHOW)
    Next
EndFunc   ;==>_PreviousSet

Func _Exit()
    Exit
EndFunc   ;==>_Exit

While 1
    Sleep(10)
WEnd

 


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dmob

I use dummy controls before creating controls to easily show/hide or enable disable controls between the dummy controls :

Local $dumGrpStart1 = GUICtrlCreateDummy()
; 1st group of controls
Local $dumGrpEnd1 = GUICtrlCreateDummy()

Local $dumGrpStart2 = GUICtrlCreateDummy()
; 2nd group of controls
Local $dumGrpEnd2 = GUICtrlCreateDummy()

For $i = $dumGrpStart1 To $dumGrpEnd1
    GUICtrlSetState($i, $GUI_HIDE)
Next

For $i = $dumGrpStart2 To $dumGrpEnd2
    GUICtrlSetState($i, $GUI_SHOW)
Next

This makes it trivial to add/remove controls later without touching the logic to hide/show them.

(Idea courtsesy of Melba... or was it AZJIO?) 

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49 minutes ago, dmob said:

I use dummy controls before creating controls to easily show/hide or enable disable controls between the dummy controls :

Interesting approach.  Simple and effective for static GUIs; by static I mean the controls are built in order they are coded versus dynamic where the controls can be created/destroyed dynamically.  

You certainly could also employ dummy controls in a dynamic fashion; my point (I guess) is any controls created later will have control IDs outside the "range" of the dummy group controls.

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4 minutes ago, spudw2k said:

You certainly could also employ dummy controls in a dynamic fashion; 

... and using arrays makes it possible. Although I've never had to, I would play around with storing the dummies in first and last elements of array, expanding array as needed and overwriting previous "range".

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Jeemo

I know I'm a little late here, but thought it couldn't hurt to post. I was able to accomplish something similar to what you were asking via Tab controls.

I have a pretty complex GUI that I'm building for which I have a handful of static controls (a couple graphic controls and a logo form a "banner" across the top, along with a Main Menu button in the top left corner - all of which are always visible at top of the application). All other controls are created dynamically, and the vast majority of those are programmatically swapped out in groups via switching tabs.

The application employs a flyover Main Menu that slides in and out of view from the left side of the master window, as well as a Module Menu that lives permanently on the left side of the master window. The contents of the Module Menu will change depending on which module is selected from the Main Menu flyover. Additionally, the contents of the "main" window changes depending on what's selected in the Module Menu. I've been able to simply show/hide different groups of controls by utilizing a couple instances of the Tab control.

You can only have one Tab control per GUI, but my application consists of a master GUI and several child GUIs, which enables me to pull off this approach.

The GUI stack I have is structured like this:

  • $guiMaster (Master GUI)
    • $guiMainMenu (flyover menu GUI)
    • $guiModuleMenu (static GUI on the left side of $guiMaster)
      • $tabModuleMenu (Tab control for switching  between the groups of controls in the Module Menu - one group per module)
        • $tabMM_Module1 (Tab item containing all navigation controls for "Module 1")
          • $ctrlModule1MenuItem1
          • $ctrlModule1MenuItem2
          • etc.
        • $tabMM_Module2 (Tab item containing all navigation controls for "Module 2")
          • $ctrlModule2MenuItem1
          • $ctrlModule2MenuItem2
          • etc.
    • $guiMain (everything below the top "banner" section described earlier, and to the right of the Module Menu)
      • $tabMain
        • $tabMain_Module1 (Tab item containing all controls in the Main section for Module 1)
          • $Module1MainControl1
          • $Module1MainControl2
          • etc.
        • $tabMain_Module2 (Tab item containing all controls in the Main section for Module 2)
          • $Module2MainControl1
          • $Module2MainControl2
          • etc.

Again, selecting a Module from the Main Menu programmatically changes the tab to the appropriate module in the Module Menu. You can also simply hide the master Tab control - its tabs and border will then be invisible, but all controls belonging to it will remain visible, effectively masking the fact that a tab control is being used. With all this combined, it makes for a really nice way of swapping out groups of controls with just a single command instead of having to iterate through individual controls and change their state.

Hope this helps the OP or someone else.

- Jeemo

Edited by Jeemo
Better wording, better naming of example controls

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